On December 3rd, Bernhard Duch gave a presentation during the online workshop “On Economic and Digital Diplomacy”, which was organised by the Uzbek government in cooperation with UNDP. Since 2017, the Uzbek economy has been successively opened to international markets, resulting in a strong interest among government officials to gain international experience in the field of economic diplomacy.
After economic instability and political turmoil following independence in the early 1990s, the country successfully implemented a series of far-reaching reforms, including a currency reform (1996) and the privatisation of industry and agriculture.
As the country moves closer to the European Single Market, new structural and economic policy issues arise, including industry, trade, law and regulation, private sector development as well as climate, energy and environment. The German Economic Team accompanies and advises the Ukrainian government on these challenges.