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Uzbekistan: Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50025-001 Status: Active

The Government of Uzbekistan requested support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen its transformation into a modern industrial and service economy through sustained and inclusive growth, a reduction in poverty, and expanded regional cooperation.

The government is pursuing an ambitious development agenda to modernize the Uzbekistan economy and to achieve rapid and broad-based economic growth through economic diversification, industrial modernization, and infrastructure development. Uzbekistan's skills development system faces several challenges and is not well placed to support the government's economic modernization agenda. In particular, employers in the country report that inadequate workforce skills pose a significant obstacle to firm growth.

Project Details

Project Officer
Norman LaRocque Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth
Project Number 50025-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9256-UZB: Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The Government of Uzbekistan requested support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen its transformation into a modern industrial and service economy through sustained and inclusive growth, a reduction in poverty, and expanded regional cooperation.

The government is pursuing an ambitious development agenda to modernize the Uzbekistan economy and to achieve rapid and broad-based economic growth through economic diversification, industrial modernization, and infrastructure development. Uzbekistan's skills development system faces several challenges and is not well placed to support the government's economic modernization agenda. In particular, employers in the country report that inadequate workforce skills pose a significant obstacle to firm growth.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The government is aligning its policies and strategies to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). To foster skills and decent jobs for industrial modernization and inclusive growth, five SDGs to which this TA can contribute are relevant: quality education (SDG4), decent work and economic growth (SDG8), reduced inequality (SDG10), sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), and partnerships for the goals (SDG17). The TA will develop policy design capacity to pursue the SDG targets to ensure that we do not develop an economy that is not inclusive of the more disadvantaged.
Impact Skills developed and decent jobs for disadvantaged groups
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Framework for a more effective and relevant skills development system that supports industrial modernization and inclusive growth
Progress Toward Outcome

Skills survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2018 and the information has been collated. Technical issues related to the skills survey were presented at a midterm review workshop. The results of the survey will be prepared and presented at the TA final review workshop.

A draft report on the skills monitoring system has been prepared. Preliminary findings will be presented at the TA final review workshop and the report will then be finalized.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Skills demand and supply identified and analyzed in three geographic areas: Navoi region, Angren district of Tashkent region and Andijan region.

Skills monitoring system to address emerging jobs designed and pilot program established.

Possible reform and program design options to improve the skills development system identified and assessed

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

Skills survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2018 and the information has been collated. Technical issues related to the skills survey were presented at a midterm review workshop. The results of the survey will be prepared and presented at the TA final review workshop.

A draft report on the skills monitoring system has been prepared. Preliminary findings will be presented at the TA final review workshop and the report will then be finalized.

A draft sector assessment has been prepared. The results will be presented at the TA final review workshop and then finalized. Outline of possible skills development project/program design has been prepared and discussed with the government. A more concrete outline will be discussed during the TA final review mission.

Geographical Location Andijan, Angren, Navoiy
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Focus group discussions in three pilot areas conducted in September 2017. Roundtable to discuss TA preliminary findings in respect of challenges facing skills development in Uzbekistan was conducted in January 2018. Workshops aimed at building capacity of government officials, development partners, and private sector participants conducted in January 2018 (on labor market and skills monitoring and improving the quality and relevance of the skills imparted by the TVET system in Uzbekistan. Midterm review mission included sector stakeholders as attendees. The final workshop will as well.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB recruited consulting services to organize the skills survey, workshops, and monitoring activities. The consultants were engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement It is expected that tablets will be procured using shopping procedures for the skills survey.
Responsible ADB Officer Norman LaRocque
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations
15, Mirobod Str.,
Tashkent, 100100, Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Nov 2016
Fact Finding 12 Oct 2016 to 14 Oct 2016
MRM -
Approval 05 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

TA 9256-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2016 03 Jan 2017 03 Jan 2017 31 Jan 2018 30 Apr 2020 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 05 Dec 2016 544,809.57

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Jul 2017 27 Jul 2017

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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