Uzbekistan and Germany have big untapped potential for cooperation — ambassador

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Germany welcomes the steps of the new leadership of Uzbekistan to augment the openness of the economy and expand cooperation with neighboring countries, said Ambassador of Germany to Uzbekistan Neithart Hofer-Wissing, adding that “openness and active trade links will lead the region to prosperity” and “isolation is the wrong way,” the Jahon information agency reported.

In an interview with Jahon, the Ambassador said that the German-Uzbek relations have a considerable untapped potential, especially in the spheres of economy and science.

“I am glad that the Uzbek government plans to address the problem of the lack of foreign currency conversion, which is considered one of the major investment barriers,” he said.

“One of the tasks facing me as an ambassador is ‘opening doors’ to Uzbekistan for businesses from Germany,” the Ambassador said. “For trips to the provinces I always invite delegations of German economists. For example, a trip to Kashkadarya was especially successful. Business representatives received a lot of useful information, and were personally acquainted with the opportunities for expanding their activities in this country. By the way, at the recent construction exhibition in Tashkent, there were many new participants from Germany, and all of them were satisfied with the negotiations held.”

The Ambassador also said that the German government fully supports the plans for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan. “Today, German citizens are the most numerous tourists in this country, but this flow can significantly increase. In Uzbekistan, the so-called group traveling is developed, while Germany is visited by a large number of individual tourists. This direction can prove quite promising.”

Sergey Kwan

TCA