On Apr 12, the workshop on "Enhancing the Competitiveness of Central Asia - 2018" report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was held in Hyatt Regency in Tashkent. The report is dedicated to the outcomes of many years of work within the OECD "Investment and Competitiveness Initiative for Central Asia ", implemented with the financial support of the European Union.
Opening speeches were delivered by Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Mr. N. Otajanov, First Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. M. Mirzayev, the Head of OECD Eurasia Division Mr. W. Thompson and the Head of Cooperation Section of EU Delegation to Ubekistan Mr. Ovidiu Mic.
The speakers highly appreciated the role of reforms carried out in recent years in Uzbekistan.
In particular, it was noted that along with the increase in macroeconomic indicators, much attention was paid to the development of entrepreneurship and medium and small businesses. In this regard, a special place belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry designed to promote the development of entrepreneurship in the country and establish an effective dialogue between the business community and the state, which guarantees a stable investment climate.
The report "Enhancing competitiveness in the countries of Central Asia - 2018" reflects information on business climate in the region and cites the results of the OECD study on access to finance, the internationalization of enterprises and skills upgrading in Central Asia.
The OECD Initiative for Central Asia (ICA), chaired by the EU and Uzbekistan, officially began in November 2008. It includes Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.