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Now in its third year of operation, the ‘Local Governance Support: Participation and Partnership’ project has substantially improved the transparency and accessibility of Uzbekistan’s local governance. The project’s impact and scale-up until 2017 was the focus of a board meeting held on the 12th of June, 2013.
Chaired by the National Project Coordination and the Head of the Department of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Bakhrom Kuchkarov, the event focused on project achievements in the first half of 2013, and plans until the end of 2013 and beyond.
The establishment of the ‘e-Hujjat’ document system, Information Centres and One-Stop-Shops (OSS), the creation of community-based tourism in the Djizak region’s Zaamin district, the project’s extension until 2017 and its expansion into the Tashkent region, were all highlighted during the meeting.
The introduction of an e-Government Master Plan of Uzbekistan, the incorporation of its components into the activities of local administration bodies and the evaluation of One-Stop-Shops in Djizak and Namangan were also discussed.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Jaco Cilliers underlined the project’s contribution to strengthening institutional governance at a local level, and proposed that the project’s results be analysed in collaboration with national partners in order to evaluate and ensure their sustainability.
As a result of the meeting it was decided that the project’s initiatives should be scaled up, that the Information Centres model and the e-Hujjat system should be utilised nationwide, and that a project roundtable should be held in September-October 2013.
It was also decided that the project’s initiative should be stronger reflected at a legislative level, for instance through the development of the Concept of the Draft Law ‘On Public-Private Partnership’ and legislation regarding OSS, while the maintenance of OSS and Information Centres should be incorporated into local budgets.