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Uzbekistan: Skills Development for a Modern Economy Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51012-003 Status: Proposed

The growth of Uzbekistan's economy has not led to commensurate job creation. Annually more than 600,000 graduates from colleges and academic lyceums are entering labor market, while the annual increase in jobs is only about 200,000 -300,000. Very recent economic downturn was accompanied with significant flow of returning migrants (300,000-400,000) from 2015 to 2017, adding pressure to the labor market. Unemployment rate was reported at 9.3% in 2018, and even higher at 17% for people aged 16-25 years. The proposed project will support the government to expand and upgrade reskilling service to the unemployed through selected professional training centers (PTCs), modernize skills development in selected TVET colleges (TVETCs), and promote performance-based partnerships with the industries including private sector. The overarching priority is to ensure market-driven skills learnt by students and jobseekers.

Project Details

Project Officer
Xin Long Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Skills Development for a Modern Economy Project
Project Number 51012-003
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Skills Development for a Modern Economy Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The growth of Uzbekistan's economy has not led to commensurate job creation. Annually more than 600,000 graduates from colleges and academic lyceums are entering labor market, while the annual increase in jobs is only about 200,000 -300,000. Very recent economic downturn was accompanied with significant flow of returning migrants (300,000-400,000) from 2015 to 2017, adding pressure to the labor market. Unemployment rate was reported at 9.3% in 2018, and even higher at 17% for people aged 16-25 years. The proposed project will support the government to expand and upgrade reskilling service to the unemployed through selected professional training centers (PTCs), modernize skills development in selected TVET colleges (TVETCs), and promote performance-based partnerships with the industries including private sector. The overarching priority is to ensure market-driven skills learnt by students and jobseekers. The proposed project will be fully aligned with the country's Action Strategy for the Five Priority Areas (2017- 2021), Strategy on Innovative Development (2019 -2021), and the Education Sector Plan (2019 -2023), and with the ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (2019-2023) and Country Operations Business Plan (2019-2021).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB will build on past collaborations in skills development sectors. ADB's value addition will be: (i) improving the quality of skills development through competency-based training (CBT) in selected priority sectors; (ii) financing the upgradation of selected PTCs and TVETCs to meet international standards; (iii) strengthening labor market monitoring and analysis for evidence-based skills development planning; and (iv) enabling industrial partnership (including with the private sector) in skills development.
Impact Increased employment of the population, particularly for youth (Action Strategy for the Five Priority Areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan [2017- 2021])
Outcome Market-driven skills learnt by students and jobseekers
Outputs

Employment and workforce development services improved

Quality and relevance of skills development enhanced

Sector governance and management strengthened

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Xin Long
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 16 Apr 2019
Fact Finding 13 Jan 2020 to 24 Jan 2020
MRM 11 Mar 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2019

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