Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase III)

The project provides assistance to the Government of Uzbekistan in creating an enabling environment for business.

Our initiatives aim to strengthen public-private dialogue, streamline public services provision for entrepreneurs, to promote inclusive business models, youth and women entrepreneurship.

Project’s activities support the Government in the implementation of the Strategy of actions on five priority directions of development of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 and SDGs through promoting economic growth, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for young people.

Project objectives

  • Creating an enabling environment for business and supporting the implementation of reforms aimed at improving Uzbekistan’s ranking in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report;
  • Promoting electronic services and “single window” centers for entrepreneurs;
  • Supporting inclusive business models, involving young people in innovative entrepreneurship (youth startup initiatives);
  • Developing women entrepreneurship.

Project Achievements

 
  • 10 state services as measured by the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ group were optimized. This resulted in improving Uzbekistan’s position in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ report from 103rd (in 2014) to 87th (in 2017) in comparison with 190 economies.
  • The project assisted in developing the concept and drafting regulations on introduction of the “single window” system for rendering public services. As a result, 194 “single window” centers have been set up and providing 28 state services to entrepreneurs on the "single window" principle.
  • The system of state registration of business entities reformed with the project assistance.  The new system launched on April 1st, 2017 enables registration of businesses via the Internet within 30 minutes.  Over the first six months since the system launch, 101.6 thousand entrepreneurs were registered, 27.0 thousand of which are legal entities and 74.6 are individual entrepreneurs.
  • The Garment Design Centre established in Namangan and provided with modern equipment (3D modelling, CAD, etc.). 24 students of vocational colleges and higher education institutions completed training courses at the Center during 2016-2017 and improved their practical knowledge and skills.
  • The youth startup initiative support Programme is implemented every year, covering all higher education institutions of the country. In 2017, more than one thousand students took part in the Programme. 94 students and 15 coordinators from the universities who mastered the ‘Lean Startup’ methodology were selected as Programme finalists.
  • A handbook on cultivation of modern intensive apple orchards, characteristics of diseases, pests and ways to combat them developed and disseminated. Over 600 farmers from six regions of Uzbekistan participated in practical seminars.
  • 60 representatives from 28 banks took part in a practical seminar on the strategy for introducing gender financing in commercial banks in order to stimulate involvement of women in entrepreneurship.

Finances



UNDP: USD 566,800
CCI: USD 342,500 
Sasol Synfuels International PTY: USD 146,500 
UK Embassy: USD 10,200 

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