Uzbekistan : Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth

Sovereign Project | 50025-001

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
    Long, Xin
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name
Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth
Project Number
50025-001
Country / Economy
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9256-UZB: Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth
Source Amount
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific 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 /

Gender
Gender equity theme
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.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Long, Xin
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
CWSS, Central and West Regional Department
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Employment and Poverty Reduction

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

Funding

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 Nov 2020 23 Apr 2021
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 880,200.24

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Uzbekistan: Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth Validation of Technical Assistance Completion Reports Dec 2022

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  • 10 Nov 2021 | Project Result / Case Study

    Change of Pace in the Heart of Asia

    Uzbekistan, with its over 33 million inhabitants, plays a key role in the economic development of Central Asia. Over the past few decades, the double-landlocked country has undergone a remarkable transition from a former Soviet state to a market-based econ

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.