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CLDP Draws upon Interagency Relationships to Assist Uzbekistan in Implementing its New Agricultural Strategy

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. The discussion revealed that Uzbekistan’s implementation of the Strategy would benefit from developing contacts with officials from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, where CLDP has conducted past meetings of its Central Asia Regional Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures. Calling upon experts in Georgia who assisted with those meetings, and eventually working together with colleagues from ORUE, the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and USAID, CLDP was able to compile, recently provided contact information and pertinent materials regarding Georgia’s relevant experience in privatizing aspects of its formerly state-run veterinary service to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States and Ministry of Agriculture officials in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan’s agricultural sector, which accounts for 30% of its GDP and employs 27% of its workforce, will benefit from forward-looking and balanced adjustments away from government control to market-based approaches in all spheres of agriculture. CLDP will continue to complement ORUE’s work in Uzbekistan by maximizing opportunities to provide assistance to the Government of Uzbekistan as it implements the new Agriculture Strategy.

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