Canada established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Uzbekistan in 1992. Canada is represented in the Republic of Uzbekistan through the Embassy of Canada in Moscow and by an Honorary Consulate in Tashkent. The Republic of Uzbekistan is represented in Canada through its Embassy in Washington, DC.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Uzbekistan have been supported by regular official consultations and high-level parliamentary exchanges covering a wide range of areas of mutual interest. In 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding on expanded cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of Canada and Uzbekistan was signed, which includes a commitment to hold regular political consultations and to widening and deepening of political, economic, scientific, cultural and humanitarian cooperation. Most recently in 2015, Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov paid an official visit to Ottawa for bilateral political consultations.
Canada and Uzbekistan share a common interest in establishing long-term security and stability in Central Asia. Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP) is a key instrument of defence diplomacy that expands and reinforces Canada's bilateral defence relations, including with Uzbekistan, who has been a party of MTCP since 2010. Capacity-building being at the core of the Program, training is provided to developing and non-NATO countries with the goal of promoting Canadian interests and values abroad while contributing to peace and security.
In 2015, Canada added Uzbekistan to the list of countries included in the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which provides direct funding assistance to local non-governmental organizations and, in exceptional cases, international NGOs and government institutions, for small projects addressing democratic governance, human rights (especially civil and political rights), rule of law and other issues.
Strengthening ties in commercial and investment spheres holds important potential for Canada’s bilateral relations with Uzbekistan, especially in the natural resources, agricultural and industrial sectors. Canadian bilateral merchandise trade with Uzbekistan totalled $14.4 million in 2015. Canadian exports were $14 million, consisting mainly of vehicles, chemical products, and oil and gas machinery. Canadian imports were $375,713, consisting mainly of vegetable and paper products. In 1999, a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement was signed between the two countries.
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