Purpose

This workshop will assess the Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia study findings, conduct a midterm review, and seek Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) guidance to finalize the study’s structure. The workshop is an occasion for key consultants and ADB and ADBI staff to present key findings and draft policy recommendations.

Background

Since obtaining independence in the early 1990s, countries in Central and West Asia (CWA) have made noticeable economic progress. However, official statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest that in recent years inequality has also risen. Economic vulnerabilities have rapidly increased in CWA since mid-2014, as the slowdown, induced by weakening energy prices and depreciating regional currencies, has resulted in the disruption in productive operations, with major implications for growth and employment. In particular, CWA countries are struggling to create “good” jobs. Poor private sector development and obsolete education systems have limited the development and upgrading of manufacturing skills. At the same time, out-of-date agricultural production systems have discouraged the growth of processing industries and prevented farmers from entering supply chains. In several countries, food inflation and difficult access to finance, education, and health care block the path to inclusive growth, further complicating the picture for policy makers.

The Central and West Asia Department of ADB is conducting a study—Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia—to help create good jobs for inclusive growth in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The study consists of three parts:

  • A policy framework on inclusive growth
  • Employment and labor market policies
  • Creation of an environment for inclusive growth

It analyzes the impact of external shocks that have recently shaken the business models of CWA countries and offers policy recommendations supporting inclusive growth and job creation.

Participants

The workshop will gather together the study’s key consultants, including international peer reviewers with various expertise, ADB management, experts from international organizations, and ADB and ADBI staff. The Tokyo-based diplomatic community and experts from the countries covered by the study will be invited to participate.

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences; about 40 participants are expected.

Output

  • ADB Corporate Report
  • Two edited books based on background papers
  • Guidelines, technical notes (project design, implementation.)
  • Database, webpage

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

Asian Development Bank

Time of event

9:00 - 18:00

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