Tajikistan: Strengthening Private Sector Participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Sovereign Project | 46535-002 Status: Closed


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Project Name Strengthening Private Sector Participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 46535-002
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8546-TAJ: Strengthening Private Sector Participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development - Non-formal education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Tajikistan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The reconnaissance mission met all relevant stakeholders including the following: Executive office of the President, Ministry of Labor, Migration and Employment, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Finance, Migration Service, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EU Delegation, World Bank, IOM, GIZ. The mission also held a focus group discussion with a group of Tajik migrant workers. As the PPTA team will hold further in depth discussions to ensure a robust project design.
During Project Implementation

The review mission was fielded from 11-16 August 2014. It discussed with the EA and IAs the working arrangements and the timeline of the key TA outputs, and confirmed availability of government's contribution such as counterpart staff, services and facilities. The mission met with relevant government agencies, private sector stakeholders, NGOs, and development partners, visited technical lyceums and colleges, the Central Adult Learning Center (ALC) and its branch in Khujand, and participated in the PPTA's Inception Workshop. The mission and the government agreed on the processing schedule and reflected key understandings in the Aide Memoire.

The inception mission was fielded from 19 to 26 February 2014. The mission met all relevant stakeholders.

The midterm review mission was held on 27-31 October 2014 and (i) organized and participated in the mid-term workshop; (ii) confirmed with the government the initial design and implementation arrangements for the Strengthening Private Sector Participation in TVET System project (the project); (iii) worked with the TA consulting team to finalize TA deliverables and agreed on timelines for final TA outputs, including a review of school mapping and labor market surveys; (iv) discussed with the stakeholders and agreed on initial list of key economic sectors and priority occupations proposed to be supported under the project; and (v) visited technical college in Bothkar district in Khatlon region. The mission met with all key stakeholders.

The fact-finding mission was condcuted on 19-30 January 2015 to (i) review and finalize the design and monitoring framework (DMF) of the Strengthening Private Sector Participation in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Project (the project); (ii) confirm the project's technical, environmental, social, financial, and economic feasibility; (iii) finalize project administration manual (PAM); (iv) finalize capacity assessments of the executing and implementing agencies; (v) review the gender action plan, and other safeguard issues relevant to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement; and (vi) review the project risk assessment and proposed mitigation measures, and discuss and agree on the project assurances required from the government. The mission held intensive discussions with key stakeholders.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Update as of 25 Sep 2014:

Both international and national PPP and Skills contracting specialists are expected to complete the contracts by end of September 2014. The international consulting firm commenced services in July 2014. It is expected that the international and national CBT specialists will be on board by mid of October 2014. Two more inidividual consultants will join the team (international and national TVET sector) but these will be financed by a RETA project. Inception workshop was concluded in August 2014. PPTA review mission will be fielded in end of Oct 2014; the mid term workshop is planned for 30 October 2014. Two activities under the TA, the labor market and school mappings surveys, are expected to start by end Sep/first week Oct 2014.

Update as of 24 Mar 2014 - The International PPP and Skills contracting specialist commenced services in February 2014. The national PPP and Skills contracting specialist is expected to commence services by mid April 2014. Technical proposals from the shortlisted firms have been received on 24 March 2014 and are being reviewed; it is expected that the firt-ranked firm start work by 12 May 2014.

Previous Update

The International and national PPP and Skills contracting specialist positions have been advertised on adb website. Shortlisting for the international post is on-going; the consultant is expected to commence services by mid-Feb. Six firms have been shortlisted and the list was sent to the government for concurrence. RFPs are expected to be issued to the firms by first week of Feb 2014.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Maria Cristina Martinez Fernandez
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Saidrahmon Nazriev, Deputy Minister
734002, 37 Bokhtar str., Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Sep 2015

TA 8546-TAJ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2013 14 Feb 2014 14 Feb 2014 30 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 10 Dec 2013 643,028.66

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