National Capacity Development to Enhance and Effectively Implement Economic Diplomacy Policy

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UNDP in Uzbekistan: Building Uzbekistan’s abilities in the field of economic diplomacy will help ensure the nation’s continued success on the international stage


The objective of the UNDP ‘National Capacity Development to Enhance and Effectively Implement Economic Diplomacy Policy’ project is to assist the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparing and implementing a comprehensive program aimed at institutionalising the economic diplomacy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The project works to better promote economic interests and international standing in the international arena by assisting in coordinating various agencies which deal with economic diplomacy, by developing dialogue with business and the expert community, and by supporting wider integration.

‘Economic Diplomacy’ refers to the diplomatic official activities that focus on increasing exports, attracting foreign investment, and participating in the work of the international economic organisations. These activities serve to promote a country’s economic interests at an international level.

The UNDP economic diplomacy project focuses on three main areas, including enhancing Uzbekistan’s tourism industry, attracting additional trade and investment, and improving inter-agency coordination. It’s three main components include strengthening the government’s capacity for policy analysis in economic diplomacy, enhancing the coordination mechanisms and organisational efficiency of government and non-government agencies for economic diplomacy, and providing technical assistance in implementing new approaches to economic diplomacy.


Plans for the Future


Component 1. The government’s capacity for policy analysis in economic diplomacy will be strengthened.

  • Professional capacity-building events for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities tasked with promoting Uzbekistan’s economic interests internationally will be facilitated;
  • Courses and trainings covering multilateral negotiation skills, trade negotiations, economic diplomacy, the organisation of multilateral events, strategic communication and the development of informational materials/country profiles will be organised;
  • Study tours and training workshops demonstrating the practices of other nations in foreign trade, investment and international tourism will be organised for stakeholders at decision-making levels;
  • Research paper findings will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders through regular policy dialogue activities;
  • Offline and online training materials will developed, piloted and disseminated to various audiences, including diplomats, line ministry and agency employees, and business associations.

Component 2. The coordination mechanisms and organisational efficiency of government and non-government agencies for economic diplomacy will be enhanced.

  • Research programs regarding the organisational models used by foreign countries in the field of economic diplomacy will be conducted, with a particular focus on managing intra- and inter-agency cooperation and the involvement of non-governmental actors;
  • A functional analysis of agencies involved in the current system of international coordination and interaction will be performed;
  • Recommendations for streamlining current functions and algorithms utilised by government agencies for economic diplomacy and the promotion/protection of Uzbekistan’s interests abroad will be developed;
  • A scientific-research platform will be created with the involvement of local analytical centers, to provide government agencies and other stakeholders with information and analytical support in promoting Uzbekistan’s interests abroad.

Component 3. Technical assistance will be provided in implementing new approaches to economic diplomacy.

  • The efficiency of the methods, instruments and techniques used by Uzbekistan to promote its economic interests abroad will be studied;
  • Government agencies will be supported in developing position papers on relevant issues of international development and the countries’ participation in various international forums and initiatives;
  • Public private partnerships will be enhanced in order to promote Uzbekistan’s economic interests abroad;
  • Various brand products, including publications, online platforms, video materials and databases, will be developed in order to provide information regarding potential business opportunities in Uzbekistan.



Overview
Status:
Active
Project Start Date:
30th of November 2012
Estimated End Date:
31st of December 2013
Geographic Coverage:
Nationwide
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
MDG:
9. Beyond 8 MDGs
Partners:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Budget:
USD 300,000
 
Contacts
Muzaffar Atabaev
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