By Abdul Kerimkhanov
The new concept of tourism development in Uzbekistan for 2019-2025 is designed to contribute to the modernization of the industry through diversification and improvement of the quality of services, as well as improving the tourism and transport infrastructure.
It will also positively affect the growth in the number of foreign tourists, including from Germany.
In the German city of Hamburg, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Germany together with the State Committee for Tourism Development held an economic forum on April 2.
Partners from the German side were the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, the Chamber of Commerce and the mayor's office of the city of Hamburg, as well as the Embassy of Tajikistan in Germany and the Honorary Consulate of Tajikistan in Hamburg.
Representatives of business and financial circles of Germany who are interested in developing mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan, as well as specialized German media attended the event, the Press Service of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Germany reports.
The forum discussed the prospects for the development of business cooperation between the business community and business entities of Germany and Central Asian countries, including Uzbekistan.
The reports of German companies operating in Uzbekistan were heard, in which attention was paid to the favorable conditions created in the republic for doing business and the advantages of establishing a bilateral business partnership.
In particular, the head of the German company Heinemann Medizintechnik GmbH, Frank Shpillner, shared his experience in developing business in Uzbekistan and gave German companies useful advice on targeted investments in the Uzbek economy.
Presentation of the economic, investment and tourism potential of Uzbekistan caused great interest among the visitors. Its participants were informed about the current economic development of the country, the measures taken to modernize industrial enterprises, to further improve the business climate and priority areas of investment cooperation.
The audience of German businessmen positively perceived the information on the introduction of a visa-free regime for 30 days for German citizens visiting Uzbekistan for tourism purposes from January 15, 2019.
It was stressed that the decision to abolish the visa regime is aimed at strengthening the cultural, scientific, educational exchange between the two countries, as well as improving the investment climate and increasing the tourist flow.
After the reports and presentations, a podium discussion took place, during which the participants discussed various aspects of the Uzbek-German trade, economic and investment interaction.
The Consular Section of the Uzbek Embassy in Berlin held a meeting with compatriots living in Hamburg on April 2.
Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Germany were established on March 6, 1992.
Bilateral trade between Uzbekistan and Germany amounted to $712 million in January-November 2018.
Uzbekistan supplies a number of foodstuffs, textiles, chemicals, transport, telecommunications and other services to Germany.
In turn, the basis of imports from Germany is mechanical, electrical equipment, vehicles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and other goods.
Currently, 115 enterprises with the participation of German investors operate in Uzbekistan. As many as 29 of them with a 100 percent German capital.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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