The EBRD strategy for Uzbekistan
Briefing | 9 May 2018
Changes in the approach to governance put forward by the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev deserve to be encouraged by the international community. It is natural that the EBRD is ready to provide support to a country willing to accelerate reforms.
However, the situation in Uzbekistan with personal and political freedoms is far from satisfactory and does not to this day correspond to the benchmarks set by the EBRD in its 2003 Country Strategy for Uzbekistan. It is therefore important that the EBRD will clearly indicate to the Uzbekistan government the need to have progress towards meeting those benchmarks from over 15 years ago that remain relevant to this day. We suggest that the Country Strategy will envisage an early review to assess the progress in these areas.