Foreign Operations Assistance: Uzbekistan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
August 31, 2016


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, August 2016*

Date: 08/2016 Description: FY 2015 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective--Uzbekistan: Peace and Security; Governing Justly and Democratically; Investing in People; Economic Growth. - 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 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 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

A sovereign and stable Uzbekistan capable of addressing security threats.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL ($ in thous)

10,678

10,631

11,608

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia

-

5,391

-

Economic Support Fund

4,191

400

6,828

Foreign Military Financing

700

-

-

Global Health Programs - USAID

4,000

4,000

3,000

International Military Education and Training

507

300

300

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

740

-

940

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

540

540

540

• U.S. programs support reintegration of trafficking in persons (TIP) survivors and protection activities, including providing shelters and case management for TIP survivors. U.S. assistance also increases the capacity of civil society, NGOs, and social services to prevent TIP, and enhances cooperation mechanisms between government and civil society. U.S. assistance supports a highly successful anti-TIP program implemented through local NGOs which will improve law enforcement’s response and involvement in TIP cases.

• U.S. funding helps train and further professionalize Uzbekistan’s defense establishment.

• The United States engages with Uzbekistan across the strategic trade control assistance spectrum and continues Uzbekistan’s development of a strategic trade control legal/regulatory framework that meets international standards. U.S. funding also supports Uzbekistan’s strengthening inspection; detection and interdiction capacities; and training efforts, including through distance learning/training.

Inclusive governance institutions that respect human rights, freedom of speech and assembly, rule of law, and that effectively administer public service.

• U.S. assistance works with the Government of Uzbekistan and civil society to improve the legal and operating environment for NGOs.

• U.S. assistance supports increased transparency and strengthens structural safeguards for independent judicial decision-making within the civil court system. Activities include research, training for judges and administrative staff, and increasing access to justice.

• U.S. funding supports training for lawyers, judges and prosecutors to help the Uzbek government implement rule-of-law reforms that support increased judicial independence. The United States also assists in the development of anti-corruption safeguards for criminal justice actors, including prosecutors. U.S. assistance helps improve the Uzbek government’s forensics capacities to increase the use of forensic evidence in criminal investigations and court cases.

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

BY OBJECTIVE
($ in thous)

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL

10,678

10,631

11,608

Peace and Security

2,432

2,032

1,525

Governing Justly and Democratically

1,992

2,088

2,403

Investing in People

4,000

4,000

3,000

Economic Growth

2,254

2,511

4,680

• The United States continues agricultural exchange programs and helps create avenues for expanded trade between companies in Uzbekistan and the United States.

• U.S. assistance increases private sector competitiveness through technical assistance to commercial farmers, water-users’ associations, local research institutes, and agricultural businesses to improve production, processing, marketing, and distribution both domestically and internationally. Activities help to diversify the agro-economy, increase the efficiency of on-farm water use, and raise incomes. Programs also foster dialogue between the private sector and Government of Uzbekistan officials to identify ways to improve the business and investment climate.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
State Department Fact Sheets
U.S. Embassy Website
www.foreignassistance.gov
Millennium Challenge Corporation

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