Foreign Operations Assistance: Uzbekistan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
December 1, 2015


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, December 2015*

Date: 12/2015 Description: FY 2014 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective--Peace and Security: 26%; Governing Justly and Democratically: 17%; Investing in People: 28%; Economic Growth: 29%. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance seeks to foster durable political, economic, and social stability for Uzbekistan and for the region, while promoting rule of law and respect for human rights. The United States works with the Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) to support implementation of rule-of-law reforms and efforts to increase the independence of the judiciary, as well as provide direct assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs). The United States seeks to increase civil society’s participation in government decision-making and to improve the operating environment for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). U.S assistance strengthens the private sector and increases agricultural productivity in select value chains from production to post-harvest, and supports expanded trade between companies in Uzbekistan, the region, and the United States. U.S. assistance also aims to improve the prevention and control of infectious diseases by strengthening the diagnosis and management of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Uzbekistan:

Increase sustainable economic opportunities for Uzbek citizens through a more diverse and liberal economy and more efficient use of natural resources

By Account

FY 2014 Actual

FY 2015
653a

TOTAL

14,185

10,621

Economic Support Fund

6,500

4,191

Foreign Military Financing

2,200

700

Global Health Programs - USAID

4,000

4,000

International Military Education and Training

205

450

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

740

740

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

540

540

• U.S. funded experts provide technical assistance to commercial farmers, water users’ associations, local research institutes, and businesses to improve production, processing, marketing, and distribution domestically and internationally; to increase the efficiency of on-farm water use, and raise incomes. In addition, U.S. assistance supports agricultural exchange programs that encourage expanded trade between companies in Uzbekistan and the United States, Europe and South Asia. The United States also seeks to foster dialogue between the private sector and GOU officials to identify ways to improve the business and investment climate.

Support inclusive governance institutions that respect human rights, freedom of speech and assembly, rule of law

• United States’ training for lawyers, judges and prosecutors is helping the GOU to implement rule-of-law reforms that support increased judicial independence. In addition, U.S. anti-corruption assistance helps the GOU to develop anti-corruption safeguards for criminal justice actors, including prosecutors. U.S. experts are working with judicial authorities to increase transparency and strengthen structural safeguards for independent judicial decision-making within the civil court system.

• U.S. assistance helps improve the forensics capacities of the Ministries of Health, Interior, and Justice to further increase the use of forensic evidence in criminal investigations and court cases. Also, U.S. experts continue to provide support to educate judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers on the appropriate uses of forensic evidence.

• U.S. assistance will work with the GOU and civil society to improve the legal and operating environment for NGOs. The United States is also working to strengthen the advocacy capacity of civil society groups, including those involved with drafting new legislation for legal, regulatory, and/or policy reforms.

• The United States assists NGOs to work with authorities to improve law enforcement’s response an involvement in trafficking in persons (TIP) cases. U.S. assistance also supports reintegration of TIP survivors and protection activities that include providing shelters and case management for TIP survivors; increasing the capacity of civil society, NGOs, and social services to prevent TIP, and enhancing cooperation mechanisms between government and civil society; and ongoing GOU efforts to stem the number of women and men subjected to trafficking by supporting hotlines, information campaigns, and community outreach.

Support inclusive governance institutions that effectively administer public services

By Objective

FY 2014 Actual

FY 2015 653(a)

TOTAL

14,186

10,621

Peace and Security

3,705

2,375

Governing Justly and Democratically

2,414

1,992

Investing in People

4,000

4,000

Economic Growth

4,067

2,254

• In the health sector, the United States is helping Uzbekistan to expand its capacity to prevent TB transmission, particularly among vulnerable groups; to improve the quality of TB and Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR)-TB case identification, diagnosis and treatment; and to strengthen the role of primary healthcare providers in delivering TB services, with the goal of expanding access to TB diagnosis and treatment.

Support a sovereign and stable Uzbekistan capable of addressing security threats

• U.S. security assistance exposes Uzbekistan’s defense personnel to U.S. military training, doctrine, and values and is intended to promote democratic values, build capacity in key areas, increase the professionalization of military forces, and build lasting military-to-military relationships.

• U.S. assistance supports a highly successful anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) program, implemented through local NGOs, which will improve law enforcement’s response and involvement in TIP cases.

• U.S. training and equipment is assisting Uzbekistan to develop a strategic trade control legal/regulatory framework that meets international standards, and to strengthen its inspection, detection and interdiction capacities and establish training capacity, including through distance learning.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

State Department Fact Sheets
U.S. Embassy Website
www.foreignassistance.gov
Millennium Challenge Corporation

*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Uzbekistan.