The relationship between India and Uzbekistan can be traced back to ancient history, which finds its presence in Sanskrit and Pali literature itself. Thousands of years of interaction have resulted in deep cultural ties in architecture, dancing, music, and gastronomy, which have now been extended to strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations. The scope of India’s relations with Uzbekistan, is yet to be explored in its fullest capacity, however, the two nations have continued to work on the same with respect to their economic growth, which is facilitated by rise in mutual trade and investment amongst the two.
Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation signed by the two nations in May 1993, which governs trade relations- Mutual MFN treatment, promotion of economic, industrial, scientific, and technical collaboration, and other provisions are included in this agreement.
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement was signed by both the countries in 1993 to prevent fiscal evasion with respect to taxes in order to further facilitate inter-state trade.
The Inter-Governmental Commission The IGC has met over nine times which is a robust mechanism to oversee trade and economic relations.
Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership was signed by the two nations in 2011, which focussed towards expanding opportunities through means of cooperation from both the sides.
Agreement on cooperation in the field of Tourism; a Protocol on cooperation between the Foreign Ministries; and a Programme of Cultural Cooperation for year 2015-2017 The aforementioned were signed after the bilateral talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then President Islam Karimov, during the formers visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan, in 2015, for advancement of strategic partnership.
SCO Summit, 2017 The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met at the SCO summit in Astana, wherein both the nations agreed to ensure deepening of the strategic relationship.
Uzbek-Indian Business Forum, 2017 The Uzbek delegation, headed by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uzbekistan, Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov, held multiple top-level meetings and also visited the forum wherein 22 export contracts were signed worth more than $80 million as well as 20 investment agreements with the value of more than $70 million.
Vibrant Gujrat Summit, 2019 President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev participated in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit as a Guest of Honour in January 2019.
First Central-Asia Dialogue, 2019 The then EAM, External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, visited and co-chaired the first India-Central Asia Dialogue at the Ministerial level with Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Samarkand.
Virtual Summit, 2020 A Virtual Summit between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held on 11 December 2020. Both the countries discussed bilateral issues including in the fields of politics, development cooperation, security, space, education, development projects and regional issues including Afghanistan.
India-Uzbekistan Investment Corridor (IUIC) is a think-tank consulting group, which has been instituted with a vision of being a catalyst for stronger cultural and investment ties between India and Uzbekistan for the benefit of both the countries. It has been set up in 2021, in pursuance to a virtual conference held on June 10th, 2021 on ‘Developing the Future prospects of India and Uzbekistan’ which was chaired by the ambassadors of India and the Republic of Uzbekistan and the corridor was jointly inaugurated by the Ambassadors during the conference.Read More