Uzbekistan is a Central Asian country situated along the historic Silk Road. It is bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent and the official language is Uzbek. The population of Uzbekistan is over 33 million people and the main religion is Islam.
Uzbekistan has a diverse landscape ranging from desert plains to snow-capped mountains. It also has several rivers and lakes, including the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers which are part of the Aral Sea drainage basin.
The climate in Uzbekistan varies depending on location; temperatures in some parts of the country can reach as high as 45°C (113°F) in summer while temperatures can drop to -25°C (-13°F) in winter.
Uzbekistan has a rich history going back thousands of years; it was part of various empires such as the Persian Empire, Mongol Empire and Russian Empire before becoming an independent nation following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The economy of Uzbekistan relies heavily on its natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals; other industries include textiles, food processing, chemicals and machine building. Its main export partners are Russia, China and Kazakhstan with some exports also going to Turkey, South Korea and other countries in Europe.
According to aceinland, the nickname for Uzbekistan is “the Heart of Central Asia” due to its role as a cultural crossroads between East and West throughout its long history; it was once part of both the Persian Empire and Mongol Empire before becoming part of Russia’s sphere of influence during Soviet times; this connection to both Western culture (through Russia) and Eastern culture (through Persia/Mongols) gives it an important role within Central Asia today.
Population of Uzbekistan
In 1995, the population of Uzbekistan was estimated to be around 22 million people. This represented an increase of about 3 million people since the country gained independence in 1991. The population was spread across 11 administrative regions: Karakalpakstan, Khorezm, Navoiy, Samarkand, Surkhandarya, Tashkent City, Tashkent Province, Ferghana Province, Jizzakh Province and Syr Darya Province.
At the time of independence in 1991 approximately 70% of the total population lived in rural areas while 30% lived in urban areas. By 1995 this had changed significantly with only 53% of the population living in rural areas and 47% living in urban areas. This shift towards urbanization was largely due to an influx of migrants from other parts of the former Soviet Union as well as internal migration from rural to urban areas.
According to allcitypopulation.com, the majority (over 80%) of Uzbekistan’s population were ethnic Uzbeks while other significant ethnic groups included Russians (about 6%), Tatars (about 4%), and Kazakhs (about 2%). Other smaller ethnic groups included Turkmen, Kyrgyz and Tajik minorities who accounted for about 8% of the total population.
Uzbekistan’s literacy rate was estimated at around 96%. This was much higher than many other countries in Central Asia at that time due to its strong education system during Soviet rule which focused on increasing literacy rates among its citizens.
Overall, Uzbekistan’s population growth rate between 1991 and 1995 was estimated at around 2%. This was largely due to a decrease in mortality rates as well as an increase in birth rates during this period.
Economy of Uzbekistan
The economy of Uzbekistan in 1995 was still recovering from the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had been its main trading partner and source of economic support. GDP per capita was estimated to be around $1,500, which was much lower than in many other countries in Central Asia.
At this time, Uzbekistan’s economy was largely based on agriculture and industry. Agriculture accounted for around 25% of total GDP and employed around 40% of the workforce. This included production of cotton, wheat, fruits and vegetables as well as animal husbandry (sheep, cattle and goats). Industry accounted for about 40% of total GDP and employed about 30% of the workforce. This included production of textiles, processed food products, metal products and construction materials such as cement.
The service sector accounted for an estimated 35% of total GDP while employing around 30% of the workforce. This included banking services, telecommunications services and transportation services such as railways and roads.
Uzbekistan’s currency at that time was the som which was pegged to a basket of international currencies including the US dollar, Japanese yen and British pound sterling. The exchange rate at that time was approximately 1 som to 0.22 US dollars or 0.11 British pounds sterling or 22 Japanese yen.
In 1995 Uzbekistan’s main trading partners were Russia (which accounted for about 40% of total trade), Kazakhstan (which accounted for around 20%) followed by Turkmenistan (which accounted for around 10%). Other significant trading partners included Germany (around 10%), Turkey (around 5%) and China (around 5%).
Foreign Policy of Uzbekistan
In 1995, Uzbekistan’s foreign policy was largely focused on security and economic development. The country sought to maintain good relations with its immediate neighbors and other countries in the region. It also sought to develop a strong relationship with Russia, which at that time was still the main trading partner and source of economic support for Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan joined the United Nations in 1992 and has since been an active member of international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The country also sought to develop closer ties with countries outside of the former Soviet Union. This included signing agreements on trade, investment and cultural exchange with countries such as Turkey, China, India and Iran.
Uzbekistan was also very active in regional organizations such as the Central Asian Economic Community (CAEC) which aimed to promote economic cooperation between Central Asian nations. The country also played an important role in regional security initiatives such as the Tashkent Agreement which aimed to reduce tensions between Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan’s foreign policy was also heavily focused on developing strong ties with Western countries. This included signing agreements on trade, investment and cultural exchange with countries such as Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Overall, Uzbekistan’s foreign policy in 1995 was focused on promoting regional stability, economic development and closer ties with both Eastern and Western countries.
Events Held in Uzbekistan
In 1995, Uzbekistan hosted a number of important events which aimed to promote regional stability and economic development. In February, the first Central Asian Summit was held in Tashkent. This summit saw the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan come together to discuss issues such as regional security, economic cooperation and cultural exchange.
In April, the Tashkent Agreement was signed in Tashkent by the presidents of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This agreement aimed to reduce tensions between these countries and promote peace in the region.
In May, an international trade fair was held in Tashkent which showcased products from all over Central Asia. This event was attended by representatives from foreign governments as well as businesses from around the world.
In June, a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was held in Tashkent. This meeting saw representatives from more than 50 countries come together to discuss issues such as human rights, democracy and regional security.
In July, an international conference on economic cooperation between Central Asian states was held in Samarkand. The conference focused on developing closer ties between Central Asian nations through trade and investment agreements as well as cultural exchange programs.
Finally, in December 1995 an international forum on sustainable development was held in Tashkent which focused on environmental protection initiatives for Central Asia.