UNDP and the Ministry of Economy and Finance discussed the results of the joint project in 2023 and plans for 2024

December 15, 2023
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On 14 December 2023, the third meeting of the Board of the Joint project of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UNDP "Sustainable Rural Development" financed by Islamic Development Bank and OPEC Fund for International Development was held.

The meeting was attended by representatives of ministries and departments, as well as the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of Bukhara, Kashkadarya, Navoi, Samarkand, Surkhandarya and Khorezm regions, Islamic Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP and partner organisations.

During the meeting, the participants of the meeting were provided with the report of the project on the work done and results achieved in 2023 and the project plans for 2024.

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In particular, the project organised and conducted mobilisation workshops in 57 communities with the participation of 3303 residents (1219 – women). One of the brightest achievements of the project in 2023 is the development of 40 cluster community development plans together with the population, which included 900 subprojects on reconstruction of existing and construction of new social infrastructure facilities in 40 central and 130 adjacent mahallas of 20 target districts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Bukhara, Navoi and Khorezm regions.

The sub-projects include asphalting of roads and construction of pavements, improvement of irrigation system, water and electricity supply, street lighting, bridge construction, improvement of sewerage and drainage systems, etc. The works will be carried out and handed over in 2024-2025. To monitor the subprojects being implemented in 170 mahallas, initiative groups have been set up from local residents, the total number of which is 2088 people (558 – women).

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During the meeting Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Uzbekistan Mr. Anas Fayad Qarman noted that

“The rural development is very important agenda for Uzbekistan. And UNDP is very proud to be the key partner of MEF and ISDB in this sphere, especially in promoting the complex and holistic approach in rural areas”.
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Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance Adiz Boboev added that 

“Currently, the necessary measures for the implementation of 71 new construction projects based on community development plans have already been initiated. For the implementation of the remaining 829 sub-projects, the Project Implementation Unit has engaged consulting companies, whose practical work will also begin in the 1st quarter of 2024”.
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Also during the year, a number of assessments on the impact of the ecological and environmental degradation on agriculture and rural population, capacity assessment of the local architectural-construction industry and the training needs assessment of local specialists, assessment of the existing information technology infrastructure and plans for their development in rural areas, capacity assessment of the rural school and digital literacy of the school students and teachers, capacity assessment of the rural government institutions and digital literacy of the rural civil servants were conducted.

For capacity building, 6 trainings were organised for professionals such as masterplanning, agroecology, use of AutoCAD and 3DMAX, trainings on online public services on 3 platforms with 2859 participants (1298 – women).

As a pilot initiative, 4 agrometeorological stations were installed to protect agricultural land and orchards from pests and diseases in 4 locations in the pilot regions.

This activity have been implemented within the framework of the joint project of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UNDP "Sustainable Rural Development", financed by Islamic Development Bank and OPEC Fund for International Development.