Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Uzbekistan's First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov signed an Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Science and Technology Cooperation on December 2 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This Agreement provides a framework under which U.S. Government agencies, Government of Uzbekistan ministries, U.S. and Uzbek institutes, universities, and research centers, and private companies can cooperate in the fields of science and technology.
Bilateral Science and Technology agreements, such as this one, have significant direct and indirect benefits including contributing to solutions and initiatives that encourage sustainable economic growth, promoting good will, strengthening political relationships, helping foster democracy and civil society, promoting science education, and advancing the frontiers of knowledge for the benefit of all.
Uzbekistan has made the development of its scientific infrastructure a priority and has, in recent years, collaborated with the United States in a wide range of scientific areas such as education, biotechnology, health, energy, seismic research, water resource management, information technology engineering, and the environment. The Science and Technology Agreement highlights our shared commitment to expanding that collaboration and to making scientific cooperation a priority in our bilateral relationship.
Both President Obama and Secretary Clinton have advocated the inclusion of science in diplomacy and “science diplomacy” has become an important component of U.S. foreign policy. Science has an inherent ability to bring international collaborators together regardless of nationality or political leanings.
This Agreement with Uzbekistan demonstrates the United States' commitment to expanding cooperation with this vital region.