The fact that the development of education, the growth of productivity, the improvement of the healthcare system, and the growth of incomes is impossible without the development of infrastructure has gained widespread acceptance.

Another important factor in economic growth is technological progress and innovation, which play an important role in finding long-term solutions to problems of both economic, social and environmental nature, such as creating new jobs or increasing energy efficiency of production. Today, investing in research and innovation is becoming a priority for governments around the world.

According to experts, approximately 1–1.15 billion people today do not have access to reliable telephone services, more than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, of which 90 percent live in developing countries. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, and to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

One of the main priorities of market reforms in Uzbekistan is the creation of a modern and reliable infrastructure. The development of infrastructure in the country is necessary not only to ensure high-quality internal communication, but for successful integration into international transport routes. Today, Uzbekistan has an extensive network of railways with a length of 5.8 thousand km, of which 4.3 thousand km. are under common use. The density of railways is 12.9 km per 1000 km2, which is comparable with the indicators of Turkey (15.6) and Norway (12.9). The total length of roads is 184 thousand km, of which 42 thousand km - paved public roads.

Uzbekistan also has a relatively developed manufacturing industry, whose share in the structure of GDP is 19.5%, while employment in this sector reaches 12% in 2017.

In the field of innovative development, there was a tendency to a gradual weakening of innovation, as evidenced by the position of Uzbekistan in the ranking based on the Global Innovation Index for 2015 (122 place among 144 countries). For example, the number of researchers (equivalent to full employment) per million inhabitants fell from 566 in 2004 to 485 in 2017. The share of expenditures on research and development in GDP fell from 0.36% of GDP to 0.19% of GDP in the period 2000-2017.

National Tasks

9.1-Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including territorial and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access to resources for all.

9.2-Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of gross domestic product as a result of advancing development of manufacturing industries, creation of new and modernization of existing enterprises with the wide application of resource-saving and environmentally friendly technologies.

9.3-Increase the access of small-scale industrial enterprises and microfirms to financial services, including affordable loans, and strengthen their integration into value chains and markets.

9.4-By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, through increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with engagement of all interested countries in accordance with their respective capabilities.

9.5-Enhance scientific research aimed at upgrading the technological capabilities of economic sectors, including thorough creating conditions favourable to innovation activity and significant increase in the number of research and development employees, increasing public and private research and development spending.

9.b-Support domestic technology development, research and innovation, including by ensuring a conductive policy environment for industrial diversification and value addition to commodities.

9.c-Significantly increase access to information and communication technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet.

National indicators

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Indicator 9.1.1. Proportion of paved roads in total length of public roads, % 98,4 98,4 98,5 98,5 98,5
Indicator 9.1.2 Volume of passenger and freight by mode of transport          
a) passenger turnover, billion pass-km          
total  113,2 120,1 126,0 130,0 135,3
road transport  101,9 109,1 114,9 117,7 121,6
railway transport 3,8 3,8 4,0 4,3 4,3
air transport 7,0 6,8 6,7 7,5 8,8
urban electric transport 0,5 0,4 0,4 0,5 0,6
b) cargo turnover, billion tons-km          
total  66,2 65,8 65,3 66,9 71,3
road transport  11,9 12,8 13,3 13,6 14,6
railway transport 22,9 22,9 22,9 22,9 22,9
air transport, million tons-km 125,1 131,1 132,2 156,9 123,5
pipeline transport 31,2 30,0 28,9 30,2 33,6
Indicator 9.2.1 Manufacturing added value as a percentage of GDP and per capita          
a) share in GDP, %  14,9 14,9 15,8 16,4 18,4
b) per capita, thousand soums 770,7 905,9 1 095,1 1 354,2 2 020,3
Indicator 9.2.2. Employment in manufacturing as a percentage of total employment, % 11,3 11,3 11,3 11,9 12,0
Indicator 9.3.1 Proportion of small-scale and microfirms industries in total industry value added, % - 29,2 33,3 35,6 31,6
Indicator 9.5.1 R&D expenditures as a percentage of GDP 0,16 0,17 0,18 0,16 0,1
Indicator 9.5.2 Number of researchers (in full time equivalent) per million inhabitants 492 487 495 485 470
Indicator 9.b.1 Proportion of medium and high-tech industry value added in total value added, % 17,6 16,1 15,3 19,1 23,3
Indicator 9.c.1  Percentage of population covered by mobile networks by technology.           
    on 2-G technology       97,0 98,0
    on 3-G technology       75,0 75,5
    on technology 4-G (LTE)       43,0 44,0