Aid for Trade in Central Asia

 

Background

The fourth phase of the Aid for Trade project works on promoting inclusive growth in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan through promotion of green productive capacities and competitiveness to support the countries’ efforts to diversify their economies and export baskets and promote trade. 

Objectives

To provide support to building ‘forward-looking’ productive and export capacities of the private sector with focus on higher-added value ‘niche’ products and decent job creation, promoting green value chains, with a cross-cutting emphasis on women’s empowerment, partnerships, and innovation.

Approach

The project’s approach is to tackle economic diversification and trade development issues in an integrated manner by working on three mutually reinforcing levels: policy (macro level), trade/business support institutions (meso level) and direct support to businesses/value chain actors (micro level). 

  • Macro: A more conducive environment for trade oriented private sector development
  • Meso: Trade Support Institutions that provide efficient services to the private sector
  • Micro: More efficient and competitive producers and processors

Major Achievements

  • Since 2014, the project has supported the creation of 5,000 new jobs, including 2,000 for women in the region and supported export contracts worth $600 million.
  • The project supported promotion of 9 green and inclusive value chains in selected employment-rich agricultural, agro-industrial and tourism sectors in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan through building ‘forward-looking’ and sustainable productive capacities.
  • Sustainable solutions were identified and implemented to raise productivity, resource efficiency and added value of target green and marketable niche products/value chains.
  • The project has facilitated access of 32 Trade Support Institutions and Business Support Organizations of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as over 3,200 SMEs/target value chain actors to cutting-edge trade and market intelligence and enhanced their capacities to use available big data tools to foresight markets and VCs development to be able to capture new opportunities and diversify production beyond traditional export baskets.
  • More than 1,500 women empowered through mentorship programs on women entrepreneurship, programs on affordable finance or other forms of support.

Impact

START DATE

July 2018

END DATE

December 2023

STATUS

Completed

PROJECT OFFICE

Regional Center Istanbul

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

United Nations Development Programme

DONORS

GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND

Unspecified

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$8,442,691

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2018$341,456

2019$1,089,793

2020$1,365,671

2021$1,831,949

2022$1,505,908

2023$821,099

2024$82,653

Full Project information

1,500

women

empowered through mentorship programs on women entrepreneurship, programs on affordable finance or other forms of support.

5,000

new jobs creation

including 2,000 for women in the region and supported export contracts worth $600 million.

32

access

of Trade Support Institutions and Business Support Organizations of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan