New German ambassador to start activity in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 13 / Trend D. Azizov /
The new ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Uzbekistan Aristid Fenster handed over copies of his credentials to the foreign minister on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said today.
"Both sides exchanged the views on the state and prospects of bilateral relations during the meeting," the ministry said. "The parties also considered other issues of Uzbek-German cooperation."
Fenster has been engaged in the diplomatic service since 1982. He has been working as German Consul General to Kaliningrad (Russia) since 2008 up till this year and as Ambassador to Tashkent since July 2012.
Wolfgang Neuen, who worked in the post since December 2009, completed his diplomatic mission in the country in May.
Germany is one of Uzbekistan's main trading partners in Europe. Investment projects worth over one billion euro have been implemented together with leading German companies in Uzbekistan.
The Uzbek-German trade turnover increased by 13.8 per cent - up to $549.5 million in 2011.
Around 114 enterprises have been established with the participation of investors from Germany operating in Uzbekistan. The representative offices of about 50 German firms and companies have been accredited.
The German government has allocated more than 300 million euros, including 248.2 million within financial cooperation and about 58.4 million euros for technical cooperation to Uzbekistan within the financial and technical cooperation.