German links culture to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 7 / Trend D.Azizov /
Uzbekistan and Germany are determined to continue cooperation in the future, said German Ambassador to Uzbekistan Wolfgang Neuen in an interview with the Uzbek media in connection with the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the countries.
Neuen said that in the past 20 years, joint projects worth over one billion euros have been carried out with the assistance of the government and German financial institutions and private companies in Uzbekistan.
The German government, as part of its financial and technical cooperation, provided more than 300 million euros to Uzbekistan, including 248.2 million under its financial cooperation, and about 58.4 million euros under the technical heading.
These funds have been used in such areas as vocational education, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, water and agriculture and the promotion of small and private businesses in Uzbekistan.
Such companies as Knauf, Claas, MAN, Steinert Industries and DKG successfully carry out their work in the economic sector of Uzbekistan. The country is one of Mercedes Benz's regular customers, manufacturing passenger coaches.
On the Uzbek-German joint ventures in Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, production of building materials, trucks, agricultural equipment and cables has been launched.
Programmes for training managers under the direction of the German Ministry of Economy are being coordinated by the InWEnt organisation and being successfully carried out. This programme contributed to the establishment of diverse contacts between German and Uzbek enterprises.
In the field of culture, together with German organisations such activities as Bukhara meeting - 2009 and Week of Germany in Uzbekistan -2010 have been held. In September 2010 concerts with the legendary German rock band Die Toten Hosen took place in Tashkent and Samarkand.
Meetings in the Ferghana Valley - 2012 which will open on April 28 with a classical music concert in Ferghana should become on-going of this type of activity in the field of culture