- 2017 year - the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests
- The Strategy of Actions on Further Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- Chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC
- Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
- Problems of water resources in the Central Asia
- Events at Uzbekistan's overseas missions
- Bilateral relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan with American countries
- On Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the countries of Europe
- Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with Near East, Middle East and African countries
- Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the CIS countries and Georgia
- Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the countries of the Asia and the Pacific
Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the countries of the Asia and the Pacific
Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Australia were established on 26 December, 1991.
The first official contacts began with the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia G.Evans to Uzbekistan in November 1991.
On 5 December 2013 P.Myler, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia to the Republic of Uzbekistan (with residence in Moscow), presented copies of credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov.
The political consultations between foreign ministries, which held in 2009 and 2012 in Canberra and Tashkent serve as an important mechanism to promote relations.
According to the State Сommittee of Republic Uzbekistan on statistics, in 2014 trade turnover between two countries amounted to $3,8 million.
There are six Uzbek-Australian joint ventures, including 3 with 100% Australian capital, function in Uzbekistan.
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) recognized the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 27, 1991, the diplomatic relations were established on January 17, 1992. The Embassy of SRV in Tashkent was opened in 1993, since 2009 a Honorary Consulate of Uzbekistan operates in Hanoi.
In 1996 the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov paid an official visit to Vietnam and put an ink to the Treaty on the Fundamentals of Interstate Relations and Cooperation, as well as several intergovernmental treaties.
In December 2010 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to Indonesia was appointed as an Ambassador to Vietnam (with the residence in Jakarta).
On October 2011 the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung paid official visit to Uzbekistan.
In order to develop comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Wang Tiu Liu (July 2008.), Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai (April 2010), Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anya (September 2010), Chairwoman of Hanoi People’s Council Ngo Thi Doan Thanh (2012), Deputy of General Prosecutor Trung Kong Phan (2012), Deputy Minister of Justice Dihn Trung Tung (2013), General Prosecutor Nguyen Hoa Binh (2014) Chairman of Supreme People’s Court Tryng Hoa Binh (2014) visited Uzbekistan.
In August 2013 the delegation of the General Prosecutor's Office of Uzbekistan paid visit to Vietnam.
The political consultations between foreign ministries serve as an important mechanism to promote relations. The last meeting was held in March 2014 in Hanoi.
There were organized 6 meetings of Uzbek-Vietnam Intergovernmental Commission, the last of which was held in December 2013 in Hanoi.
According to the State Committee of Statistics of Uzbekistan, bilateral trade between two countries in 2014 accounted for $23,9 mln.
Within the implementation of arrangements in the sphere of cultural and humanitarian cooperation, since December 1995 “Uzbekistan-Vietnam” and “Vietnam-Uzbekistan” Frienship Societies have been functioning.
The Republic of Indonesia recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan on December 28, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on June 23, 1992.
Indonesia opened its embassy in Tashkent in May 1994. The embassy of Uzbekistan has been operating in Jakarta since December 1996.
In June 1992 the President of Uzbekistan I.A.Karimov paid a State visit to Jakarta. In April 1995 the reciprocal State visit of the President of Indonesia X.M.Suharto to Uzbekistan took place.
In December 2005 in Tashkent Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia on establishing the Committee of bilateral consultations was signed. So far six rounds of political consultations were held in Uzbekistan and Indonesia (last was held in March 2014 in Jakarta).
Inter-parliamentary ties have been gradually developing. In particular, in 2007 Speaker of Indonesia People's Representative Council Agung Laksono visited to Uzbekistan. In April 2008 the delegation of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis paid a visit to Indonesia.
In May 2013 the Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency of the House of Representatives of Indonesia S.Hidayat visited to Uzbekistan.
The Deputy chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia Mahyudin, as well as the Chairman of the Regional Representative Council (the upper house of parliament) Irman Gusman paid visit to Uzbekistan on April and May 2015.
The bilateral trade between two countries in 2014 accounted for $13,6 mln.
In September 2002, with a view to developing friendship, cooperation and cultural and enlightening ties between the people of the two countries, the "Uzbekistan - Indonesia" Friendship Society was established.
In September 1997, a “Protocol on Establishing Sister City Relationship between Samarkand and Banda-Acheh” was signed.
Since 2001 an Indonesian Language Center under Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service, where annually more than 20 students have trainings, has been operating. An Indonesian language and culture class was opened at Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages and the Indonesian language is taught as a facultative subject.
In 2013, in the Tashkent State Institute of oriental studies opened Indonesia language center.
Malaysia recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan on 1 January 1992 and established diplomatic relations on 21 February 1992.
The foundation for development of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation was laid during the exchanges of Official visits of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in 1992 and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohathir Mohammad in 1993. In 2003 the King of Malaysia His Majesty Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail paid a visit to Uzbekistan.
Main events in the development of bilateral relations at the contemporary stage were the State Visit to Malaysia in October 2005 and reciprocal visit of the Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi in November 2008, where a number of intergovernmental agreements in the prospective areas of mutual cooperation were signed.
Inter-parliamentary ties have been gradually developing. In particular, in 2006 and 2009 Speakers of the Lower Chamber of Malaysian Parliament Ramli bin Ngah Talib and Pandikar Mulia visited Uzbekistan. As well as was held the visit of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia Datuk Wan Zhunaydi Tuanku Zhaafar (March 2012)..
In April 2010 the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Dilorom Tashmuhamedova paid a visit to Malaysia.
In February 2013, the Chairman of Senate of Oliy Majlis Ilgizar Sabirov paid a visit to Malaysia. Reciprocal visit of the President of Senate of Malaysian Parliament Abu Zahar Ujang to Uzbekistan organized on October 2013. During the visit, held talks in the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan
One of the main events in 2014 were the visit of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of education of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd.Yassin to Uzbekistan. In the framework of the visit were organized meetings with the Prime minister of Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyayev, Deputy Prime minister of Republic of Uzbekistan A.Ikramov and Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Vahabov.
The political consultations between the Foreign Ministries serve as an important mechanism to promote relations. The last meeting was held in November 2012 in Tashkent.
According to the State Committee of Statistics of Uzbekistan, bilateral trade between two countries in 2014 accounted for $78,3 mln., export - $5,1mln., import - $73,2 mln.
Founded in 2005 Uzbek-Malaysian Joint Trade Committee plays a significant role in developing trade and economic relations. The second meeting was held on 20 October 2009 in Tashkent.
There are 22 enterprises in oil and gas, textile, furniture, electrotechnical products, financial services and other areas operating in Uzbekistan with Malaysian investors. 5 of them are with 100% Malaysian capital.
Within the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP), representatives of ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan participates in various short-term courses and seminars in Malaysia. As of September 2012, approximately 500 Uzbek specialists trained under MTCP.
In 1998 «Uzbekistan-Malaysia» Friendship Society was established in Tashkent to develop cultural and humanitarian relations between social circles of both countries.
On April 23-27 2015 Minister of tourism an culture of Malaysia Dato Seri Mohammed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz visited Uzbekistan in order to develop bilateral cooperation in the spheres of tourism and culture.
The Republic of Singapore recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan in 1992 and established diplomatic relations on 8 April 1997.
Main event in the development of bilateral relations at the contemporary stage was the State Visit of the President of Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Singapore in January 2007.
Inter-parliamentary ties have been gradually developing. In particular, in April 2009 Speaker of Parliament of Singapore Abdullah Tarmugi visited to Uzbekistan. During the visit, Abdullah Tarmugi met with the officials of Cabinet of Ministers, Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, Senate of Oliy Majlis and Ministry of foreign Affairs of Republic of Uzbekistan.
The political consultations between foreign ministries serve as an important mechanism to promote relations. The last 2nd meeting was held in April 2012 in Tashkent during the visit of the State Minister of foreign Affairs of Singapore Zulkifli Masagos.
24-27 October 2013, Minister Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment & Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu visited to Uzbekistan. During the visit, Grace Fu met with the officials of Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade and Ministry of agriculture and water resources.
According to the State Committee of Statistics of Uzbekistan, bilateral trade between two countries in 2014 accounted for $80,1 mln. (export - $61,2mln., import - $18,9mln.
In Uzbekistan 25 join ventures are opened with the singaporean capital and operating in the area of trade in cotton, electronics, textile, food and supplies of telecommunication products, education and engineering.
Since 2007, with the interaction of Singapore Business Federation, annually organizing a joint business forum in Uzbekistan and Singapore with the participation of representatives of business circles of the two countries.
In September 2007, a Decision "on organizing the activity of the Singapore Management Development Institute in Tashkent (MDIS in Tashkent)" was taken. The MDIS in Tashkent is a higher educational institution, which was established by the Management Development Institute of Singapore and Association of Banks of Uzbekistan. The training is conducted in areas of «Banking», «Business Management», «Tourism» and «Modern IT in business».
Within the framework of the Technical Cooperation Program implemented by the Government of Singapore, Uzbek specialists from varies ministries and agencies have studied in the short-run courses in this country.
Japan recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan on December 28, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on January 26, 1992.
Over the past period the President of Republic of Uzbekistan I.A.Karimov visited Japan three times (1994, 2002 and 2011) and in August 2006 Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi visited Uzbekistan.
In May 2010 and 2014 Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers of finance of Japan N.Kan and T.Aso visited Uzbekistan, respectively.
The main legal documents that regulate bilateral relations are the Joint Statement of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Japan (May 17, 1994) and the Joint Statement on Friendship, Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Japan (July 29, 2002). During the official visit of the President I.A.Karimov to Japan on February 8-10, 2011 there were signed 22 documents in total.
Inter-parliamentary ties are being actively developed through various forums with the participation of the parliamentary leagues of friendship “Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship with Uzbekistan” and “Democratic Party of Japan - Uzbekistan”.
Political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of two countries have been held on regular basis since 2002 and the recent round was held in February, 2015 in Tashkent.
Uzbekistan and Japan cooperate in solving various international issues and have similar views on many problems of global politics. Uzbekistan supports the entry of Japan into the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Cooperation in the framework of the Dialogue «Central Asia plus Japan» initiated by Tokyo in 2004 is an important mechanism to develop bilateral relations. On August 7, 2010 the Third foreign ministers meeting with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan K.Okada was held in Tashkent. On July 16, 2014 the delegation of Uzbekistan participated in the Fifth foreign ministers meeting of “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue in Bishkek.
Uzbek-Japanese and Japanese-Uzbek economic cooperation committees, which formed in 1994, play significant role in the development of trade and economic relations. The 12th joint meeting of these committees was held on January 27, 2015 in Tokio.
In August 2008 was signed the Intergovernmental Agreement “On liberalization, mutual protection and encouragement of investments”, which entered into force on September 24, 2009.
10 joint ventures, including one - with a 100% Japanese capital were set in Uzbekistan. 11 representatives of Japanese companies are accredited in Uzbekistan.
Volume of trade between Uzbekistan and Japan has been growing dynamically. Bilateral trade in 2014 amounted to $189,5 million.
The total volume of financial and technical assistance of Japan to Uzbekistan amounted more than $3.4 billion. A number of socially significant and infrastructural projects in such areas as health, education, energy, transportation, and telecommunications were implemented due to the financial and technical assistance of Japan to Uzbekistan.
Since 1999 regional offices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and also Uzbekistan-Japan Center have operated in Uzbekistan.
Cultural and humanitarian aspect
The cooperation in cultural and humanitarian spheres is successfully developing. A Japanese archeologist K.Kato made a significant contribution to the discovery of the monuments of the early Buddhism era in the South regions of Uzbekistan. Along with him, for the great contribution to the strengthening of the partnership, former first Vice-president of the Banking and Financial Academy of Uzbekistan T.Kitamura and the President of the Waseda University T.Okushima were awarded «Dustlik» (“Friendship”) orders.
In 2002 the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.A.Karimov was awarded the title «Honorary Doctor» of Waseda and Soka Universities, and in 2004 on the land of the University of Soka a monument to Alisher Navoi was fixed up.
Since 2000 in the collaboration with the office of the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in Tashkent on the project Human Resource Development Scholarship 265 Uzbek students have been trained in Japan.
Over 2000 specialists of Uzbekistan have been trained in Japan through JICA. Contribution to the personal training process makes the Uzbekistan-Japan Center, which was attended more than 700 thousand people.
In 1999 «Uzbekistan-Japan» friendship society was established. Its main partners are «Japan-Uzbekistan» Friendship Society and «Fukushima-Uzbekistan» Cultural and Economic Exchange Association.
In 2002 the Uzbek-Japanese Scientific and Creative Center «Caravansaray of Cultures of Ikuo Hirayama» was founded in Tashkent.
The People's Republic of China recognized the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 27, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on January 2, 1992.
Friendly and mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation covers the whole complex of relations. The trustworthy relations, which were established between the Heads of the two countries, underlie this cooperation. Close or similar approaches on issues related to combating terrorism, extremism and separatism, drug and illegal arms trafficking and other security challenges contribute to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and China.
The Leaders of the two countries regularly exchange high level visits and meetings. President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited China in 1992, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014. In 2001 and 2006 he visited Shanghai and in 2012 – to participate in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits, and in August 2008 – Beijing to take part in the XXIX Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and the President of the PRC Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting in Shanghai during the session of the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
Presidents of the People's Republic of China Jiang Zemin (1996), Hu Jintao (2004, 2010) and Xi Jinping (2013) paid state visits to Uzbekistan.
During the state visit of the President Islam Karimov to PRC on April
19-20, 2011 the two sides have signed a significant set of agreements for cooperation on governmental and ministerial levels, including “On Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments”. It laid a solid foundation for further development of bilateral cooperation.
As an important outcome of this visit, Uzbekistan and China had established an Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation. The 1st session of the Committee held in Beijing in October 2011 and the 2nd session took place in Tashkent in October 2013. The Committee consists of 7 Subcommittees in various areas of cooperation.
President Islam Karimov’s official visit to PRC on June 5-7, 2012 became a crucial stage in development of Uzbekistan-China relations. Leaders of two countries have signed the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of Strategic Partnership as well as 45 agreements and contracts worth $5.3 billion, raising the bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level.
President Xi Jinping‘s state visit to Uzbekistan on September 8-10, 2013 became an important step in strengthening the bilateral relations. Treaty of Amity and Cooperation as well as Joint Declaration on the further development and deepening of strategic partnership have been signed by the Heads of States. Altogether, 31 agreements have been penned to implement a number of projects worth $15 billion.
President Islam Karimov’s state visit to China on August 19-20, 2014 was an important milestone in the Uzbek-Chinese relations, which resulted the adoption by the two countries' leaders the Program of development of strategic partnership relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and PRC for 2014-2018 .
Premier of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Uzbekistan on November 28-29, 2013. During the visit, sides have signed 7 agreements for cooperation on ministerial level, strengthening investment and cultural ties.
During the years 2004-2014, Uzbekistan and China held 12 rounds of political consultations on the level of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, discussing the issues of bilateral cooperation and interaction within the SCO.
Uzbekistan attaches high priority to further strengthening the strategic partnership with China, expanding multifaceted trade, economic, investment and financial cooperation between two countries based on the principles of mutual benefit, interests and equality.
According to the Economic and Trade Agreement (1992) a Most Favored Nation Treatment was established between two countries. China is one of the leading trade partners for Uzbekistan.
As per data of State statistics committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in 2014 trade turnover accounted for $4,75 billion, including export $2,36 billion, import – $2,39 billion.
Investment partnership carried out within the framework of the Cooperation Program in the non-primary and high-tech fields, signed between the Governments of Uzbekistan and China in 2010.
Today, both countries are actively expanding cooperation in various projects, primarily in the field of high technology, including the initiatives of the PRC leadership on the establishment of Uzbek-Chinese Industrial Park of High Technologies launched in 2011. In March 2013 the Park was established as a Free industrial zone "Jizak" with a branch in the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan.
A number of Chinese companies are actively involved in projects of exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields as well as deep processing of natural gas in the country.
Uzbekistan supports the implementation of projects for the construction of the pipeline "Uzbekistan-China" and railway "China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan".
Two countries are developing cooperation in the financial sector, in particular with the China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China.
The number of joint ventures in Uzbekistan reached 540, including 80 companies with 100% Chinese investments. More than 73 Chinese companies opened their representative offices in Uzbekistan.
Education, Culture and Tourism
Cooperation in the field of education is growing rapidly, expanding exchanges of students and specialists.
Since May 2005, Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture in Tashkent. Current number of students is 350. More than 2,500 young people were educated since the establishment of the Institute. The Agreement on establishment of Confucius Institute in Samarkand was signed during President Xi Jinping‘s visit to Uzbekistan in September 2013.
In 2014/2015, the PRC government provided educational grants for 120 Uzbek students and trainees on a bilateral agreement and within the SCO. Approximately 50 students from Uzbekistan have been studying at Lanzhou University through Confucius Institute.
Since academic year 2012/2013, Beijing Foreign Studies University offers Uzbek language programs.
Center of Uzbekistan Studies and Academic Exchanges as the first of its kind institution in China was opened on the basis of Public Diplomacy Institute of SCO at Shanghai University on May 15, 2013.
The Program of cultural exchanges for 2014-2017 was adopted in November 2013.
Friendship Societies “Uzbekistan-China” established in 1998 and “China-Central Asia” (2007) play a significant role in strengthening cultural ties between the two nations.
In the sphere of tourism, an implementation of the process of providing to Uzbekistan a status as the country of tourist destination for Chinese group travelers has been started since 2010.
During Premier Li Keqiang‘s visit to Tashkent in November 2013 the sides have signed an Agreement between Government of Uzbekistan and Government of China on cooperation in tourism.
Sister city relations established between Tashkent and Shanghai, Navoi and Zhuzhou (Hunan Province), Samarkand and Xi'an (Shaanxi Province) as well as between Tashkent region and the province of Hunan, also Samarkand region and the province of Shaanxi.
Uzbek-South Korean relations
The Republic of Korea recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan on December 30, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on January 29, 1992.
Since that fourteen high level meetings have taken place (1992, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2006, twice in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015).
In 2006 Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership was signed.
During the State visit of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the Republic of Korea on September 19-21, 2012 were signed interstate and intergovernmental documents, as well as the contracts between business subjects for the implementation of investment projects worth more than $5 billion.
On June 16-18, 2014 was held State visit of the President of the Republic of Korea Park Guen-hye to Uzbekistan, during which was signed the Joint Declaration on the further development and deepening of the strategic partnership, as well as the package of agreements on development of Uzbek-South Korean cooperation in the financial, investment, textile industry, alternative energy and cultural spheres.
As a result of the State visit of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the Republic of Korea on May 27-29, 2015 were signed Joint Declaration and 60 agreements and contracts of total worth about $7.7 bln. on trade, economy, investment and financial-technical cooperation.
Inter-parliamentary exchanges are successfully developing between two countries. In the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea was created a Parliamentary Friendship Association "Korea-Uzbekistan" in 1995. In 2005 in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis was established a group for cooperation with Korea. In January 2012 Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Park Hee-tae visited Uzbekistan.
In 2013 the South Korean parliamentarian delegation headed by the Chairman of the Korea-Uzbekistan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association “Korea-Uzbekistan” Lee Jae-oh visited Uzbekistan.
Since 1995 it has been held political consultations between the foreign offices of the two countries, last 10th round of which took place in 2014 in Seoul.
Minister of Foreign Affairs A.Kamilov led a delegation of representatives of the ministries of Uzbekistan to Korea to attend the meeting of the 6th Cooperation Forum "Korea - Central Asia", as well as investment and financial forums on July 4-6, 2012.
Cooperation in the framework of international organizations is being dynamically developed. Uzbekistan almost in all elections to the executive bodies of international organizations supports the candidatures from South Korea, which follows the principle of reciprocity.
In accordance with the Trade Agreement of 1992, it was achieved the Most Favored Nation Treatment between the two countries. Seoul is the biggest trade partner of Uzbekistan in Asia-Pacific region.
According to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan, in 2014 the trade turnover accounted $2.016 bln., which consists from export of Uzbekistan - $143.7 mln. and import - $1.872 bln.
Total direct investment from South Korea to Uzbekistan exceeded $5 bln.
Currently 408 Korean companies are operating in Uzbekistan, including 68 with 100% of Korean share. The activities of these enterprises are mainly concentrated in the area of trade, light industry, mining, chemical and food industry, mechanical engineering and metal processing, housing and utilities, healthcare, tourism and services.
Since 1992 Korean Education Center has been operating in Tashkent, which organizes language trainings, courses for professional development for university lecturers and students.
Korean language, culture and computer centers in the Uzbek State University of World Languages and Samarkand State Institute of World Languages are successfully operating. Over the past period of time, these centers have been equipped with latest literatures, videos and audio material by the assistance of the Embassy of ROK in Tashkent.
Totally in 13 higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan the departments of Korean studies are operating and Korean language is taught in 28 schools, lyceums and colleges.
The Friendship Society “Uzbekistan-Republic of Korea” has been operating since 1999.
Currently, Universities of Uzbekistan are cooperating with more than 30 universities, which provide widening the relations in such areas as education and science, exchange programs for professors and students, cooperation on organizing the conferences, seminars and corporate researches.
In August-December of 2012 there were hosted cultural events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of ethnic Koreans in Uzbekistan and 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Korea.
From November 2009 to October 2010 an exhibition of ancient culture of Uzbekistan were presented for Koreans in the National Museum of Korea with a unique historical exhibits, confirming long-standing cultural and spiritual ties between the countries.
Close relations at the municipal level have been established and there are agreements were signed on cooperation between Tashkent and Seoul city, Fergana and Yongin, Namangan and Seongnam, Samarkand and Gyeongju, Tashkent region and Kyongsang-bukto province.