Uzbekistan: Policy and Institutional Reform Support

Sovereign Project | 41595-012

Summary

Impact of the technical assistance (TA) project is to develop policy formulation capacity and accelerate the reform process from a centrally-planned economy to a market-oriented economy. Outcome includes establishing catalytic facility to conduct pro-reform analysis on policy reform under various sectors, building capacity for long term strategic thinking for sustainable growth, stimulating policy dialogue, and disseminating information to public. The TA will provide inputs for long term strategy formulation and support high-level policy dialogue on reform agenda regarding the economic, socioeconomic, natural resource, and institutional constraints based on sound policy analysis in priority areas. The TA will facilitate building multi-stakeholder partnerships through conducting in-depth thematic analysis for the selected areas. Findings from the analysis will be widely disseminated at the seminars and scientific conferences within and outside of the country.

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Project Name Policy and Institutional Reform Support
Project Number 41595-012
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7046-UZB: Policy and Institutional Reform Support
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Public administration
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Impact of the technical assistance (TA) project is to develop policy formulation capacity and accelerate the reform process from a centrally-planned economy to a market-oriented economy. Outcome includes establishing catalytic facility to conduct pro-reform analysis on policy reform under various sectors, building capacity for long term strategic thinking for sustainable growth, stimulating policy dialogue, and disseminating information to public. The TA will provide inputs for long term strategy formulation and support high-level policy dialogue on reform agenda regarding the economic, socioeconomic, natural resource, and institutional constraints based on sound policy analysis in priority areas. The TA will facilitate building multi-stakeholder partnerships through conducting in-depth thematic analysis for the selected areas. Findings from the analysis will be widely disseminated at the seminars and scientific conferences within and outside of the country.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government has initiated several important reforms aimed at strengthening the public finance sector and creating favorable conditions for private sector investment. Although these efforts have yielded positive results, more structural and institutional changes are needed to sustain growth in sectors such as agriculture, international trade and infrasturcture. However, though some of these initiatives seem effective from each sector's perspective, they do not correspond cohesively across sectors. There is no mechanism to identify and analyze linkages between different reform policies and their effects on the country's overall development. In addition, no effective platform exists to facilitate discussion and the timely analysis of policy options among stakeholders or even decision-makers. Finally, even though Uzbekistan may possess adequate capacity to conduct analytical work for policy reforms, this capacity is not consolidated - it is scattered among various ministries, government-affiliated think tanks, and research institutions. These issues combined emphasize the need to develop mechanisms that can effectively use local capacity to help facilitate dialogue between experts and policy-makers.

The TA aims to address these issues in the following sectoral and thematic areas identified by the Government and ADB in line with the country's demand and capacity: (i) specialized economic zones; (ii) microfinance facility; (iii) macroeconomic policy and public finance reform; (iv) natural resources, e.g. agriculture extension, land use, and water; and (v) other issues relevant to ongoing reforms. ADB will define other issues to be addressed within the implementing agencies (IAs) on a demand-driven basis.

Impact Sustainable economic growth.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Adoption of key policy reform measures.
Progress Toward Outcome The TA supported the Government in preparation of the new Welfare Improvement Strategy for 2011-2014, which is a medium-term national development strategy outlining key policy reform measures. The TA also supported the preparation and adoption of the Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy, a key sector policy framework.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Policy review and analytical reports in the prioritized thematic areas

Platform and associated network between the Government and stakeholders.

Regular meetings on reform issues.

Dissemination of materials and provision of findings.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Most of the targets envisaged under the TA have been accomplished. Major achievements to date include: i) supporting the Government in formulation of the Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy; ii) supporting the Government in preparation of the initial draft of the new Welfare Improvement Strategy for 2011-2014; iii) convening international trade conference, with practical analysis on the role of trade on economic growth; iv) capacity building on public financial management and water resource management for the senior government officials; v) supporting Uzbekistan's delegation participation in a high-level international insurance policy and regulation workshop; and vi) supporting Government's economic and social policy dialogue among Asian transition economies (together with GIZ).

Currently, the TA is supporting the preparation of the new Country Partnership Strategy for Uzbekistan for 2011-2015. The TA covers key assessments of the private sector and governance needed for CPS.

Geographical Location Uzbekistan
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held with the stakeholders during the project design.
During Project Implementation The stakeholders are actively participating in discussions and consultations.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants on an individual basis in accordance with ADB's procedures for recruitment of individual consultants. ADB will recruit international consultants and team leaders (14 person-months) and national consultants (50 person-months), whose expertise fits the thematic areas identified by the EA. ADB will engage four international consultants and two national consultants per international consultant.
Procurement Any procurement under the TA will be conducted in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Procurement will be conducted by ADB, and all equipment will be turned over to the counterpart agencies upon completion of the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Mirzo Gulamov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Cabinet of MinistersMr. Makhmudjon AskarovRepublic of Uzbekistan
Government House, Tashkent 700008
Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2007
Fact Finding 26 Oct 2007 to 29 Oct 2007
MRM -
Approval 17 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 23 Dec 2008
Last PDS Update 26 May 2011

TA 7046-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2007 25 Mar 2008 25 Mar 2008 31 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 17 Dec 2007 582,366.32
Title Document Type Document Date
Policy and Institutional Reform Support TA Completion Reports Oct 2013
Policy and Institutional Reform Support Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2007

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