Enhancing the Capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to better respond to the Emerging issues of the new Millennium
After becoming independent in 1991, Uzbekistan has faced the major challenge of quickly building up its national institutions capable of formulating and implementing the policies in the areas formerly heavily controlled by the central authorities in Moscow. Foreign policy has been perhaps one of the most illustrative examples of such areas - Uzbek policy practically did not exist and local participation in foreign policy of USSR had been limited to the logistical support, symbolic cultural relationship as well as processing of international travel documents. Apart from the need to provide traditional consular, protocol, and country representation services, Uzbekistan&rsquos Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) faced a challenging task pursuing the foreign policy and providing the rapid and comprehensive response to ever changing complex international and regional geopolitical environment.
Overall, MFA is well positioned to build its institutional capacity further. It is a sufficiently open organization with well-established operational procedures, strong leadership and staffed with a good mix of experienced diplomats and talented youth. MFA&rsquos human resource endowments and overall commitment to constant improvement augur well for its success in establishing itself as an efficient advocate of Uzbekistan&rsquos national interests to the benefit of its people.
To strengthen the capacity of the Ministry to develop and implement national foreign policies, through enhancement of: human resource, technology, institutions, and knowledge platforms.
Achievements & expected results
Support to organizational development of the Ministry;
Enhanced professional diplomatic service in Uzbekistan, with diplomats trained in key substantive areas and in negotiation skills;
Revised and improved procedures of the Ministry;
Modernization of the information and communication system and introduction of IT-based management systems for better effectiveness and efficiency;
Policy dialogue between the Ministry and the United Nations to be strengthened.