Uzbekistan’s relatively large population, strategic location north of Afghanistan, and extensive mineral resources, including gold and uranium, make it a potential force for economic growth and stability in the Central Asia region. Uzbekistan is also the only Central Asian country that borders on all the other nations in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan), as well as Afghanistan. Through its foreign assistance programs, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) promotes the key U.S. foreign policy objectives of fostering of regional cooperation, and improving border security in order to reduce trafficking of illegal narcotics and other hazardous, illicit items across Uzbek borders.
U.S. Government Programs
U.S. Government Funding FY2005-2007
FY05: $3.03 million
Funding Source: FREEDOM Support Act (FSA)