First steps for Uzbek - Malaysian relations
а) Malaysia recognized the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on January 1, 1992 and the diplomatic relations were established on February 21, 1992.
In June 1993, the Embassy of Malaysia was opened in Tashkent. Since December 1999, the Uzbek Embassy has been operating in Kuala-Lumpur.
The foundation of the relations was laid down during the exchange of official visits on the highest level.
The legal basis of the bilateral relations consists of 47 signed documents.
The Parliamentary relations have been successively developing. On May 14-17, 2006 Dato Ramli bin Ngah Talib and on 19-21 2009 Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Pandikar Amin Hj Mulia the Speakers of the House of Representatives of the Malaysian Parliament visited Uzbekistan.
As a result of the exchanges of visits, in particular, November 2005 visit of the delegation of the Election committee of Malaysia to Uzbekistan and September 2006 visit of the Uzbek delegation of the Central election committee to Malaysia, cooperation in the sphere of the electoral process is developing.
In May 2006 Malaysia supported the accession of Uzbekistan to the Asia Cooperation Dialogue and its intention to establish relations with ASEAN.
b) Malaysia is one of the important trade-economic partners of Uzbekistan in South-East Asia. In 2008 the trade turnover reached $48,3 million.
Today 23 enterprises, in particular, 19 joint-ventures and 4 100%-Malaysian-capital companies are operating in Uzbekistan. Among them: JV “Uzbekistan Hotel” on reconstructing hotels, “UzMalOil” on oil production and on production of board foods for aircrafts of the National Air Company “Uzbekiston Havo Yollari”.
Since 2005, a big Malaysian oil company “Petronas” has been participating in the consortium on developing oil deposits in the Aral territory in Uzbekistan.
c) The Government of Malaysia has been organizing training courses for the specialists of Uzbekistan on various fields within the framework of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP). Until 2008, more than 280 citizens of Uzbekistan participated in various courses and seminars, which had been organized within the framework of MTCP.
In the last years a significant enhance in the bilateral relations on education has been observed. The exchanges between Institutes of higher educations of the two countries are being expanded within the framework of the Memorandums on mutual understanding, which were signed between the “Istedod” Foundation and Malaysian Open Institute, Tashkent Institute of Information Technologies and Malaysian Multimedia University.
In accordance with the framework of Cooperation Agreement close scientific ties are being developed between Khorezm Academy of Mamun and Malaysian Multimedia University
In 1998 “Uzbekistan-Malaysia” Friendship Society was established in Tashkent with a view of developing humanitarian ties between the social sections of both countries.
On November 2007, Uzbek-Malaysian Joint Fair “Education in Malaysia”, dedicated to the 15 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, was held. On April 2009 in Tashkent was third Fair.