Priority area Sustainable economic development Removing barriers, creating jobs

In Uzbekistan, Germany is funding programmes in the areas of technical and vocational education and training, agricultural value chains, the development of the finance sector and support for small and medium-sized businesses.

Textile workshop in Uzbekistan

Textile workshop in Uzbekistan

Textile workshop in Uzbekistan

All activities are aimed at creating long-term jobs and better income opportunities in Uzbekistan.

At the same time, trade barriers are to be dismantled so that Uzbek products can be supplied more easily and quickly to the world market. Germany is providing support to Uzbekistan and three other landlocked states in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) in their efforts to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force in February 2017. The focus is on such issues as customs and border procedures, which have often been inefficient in the past. This has meant delays of days or weeks in the shipping of goods, adding to the cost of doing business.