Several projects are underway in the Central Asia region to help countries improve their competitiveness and attract foreign direct investment. Priorities include:
- Identifying comparative advantages by sector: Leveraging OECD instruments and tools to assess in detail where and how to enhance competitiveness.
- Assessing company activities and mapping related policy barriers: Activity-based analysis of firms to identify policy barriers and extensive public-private sector consultations to align reform efforts.
- Helping remove policy barriers: Work with policymakers and the private sector to assess cost, time and impact of any policies to be implemented to support further sector competitiveness.
Central Asia investment and competitiveness project
The Investment and Competitiveness in Central Asia project brings together OECD experts, governments, the private sector, other international organisations and civil society to promote economic development and business climate reforms across the Central Asia region (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).
In December 2012, the Central Asia Competitiveness Policies and Strategies Report will be published, providing suggestions for select policy reforms and presenting capacity-building measures using OECD tools and methodologies.
Kazakhstan sector competitiveness project
Supporting Kazakhstan's efforts to diversify its economy, increase foreign direct investment, and develop a targeted approach to investment promotion, the Sector Competitiveness Strategy aims to assess the competitiveness and economic potential of several non-extractive sectors, and to develop guidebooks to guide policy makers in implementing reforms in three key sectors.
Kazakhstan Sector Competitiveness Strategy Factsheet (Russian)
Publication: Kazakhstan: Sector Competitiveness Strategy 2010
Ukraine sector competitiveness project
Supporting Ukraine's government in designing reforms to unlease the country's economic potential in prioritised sectors, the OECD Ukraine Sector Competitiveness Project assesses the competitiveness and FDI attractiveness of several key sectors and formulates targeted policy recommendations.
Publication: Ukraine: Sector Competitiveness Strategy 2011
Kazakhstan regional competitiveness project
Promoting regional development and economic diversification, the Regional Competitiveness Project aims to design and implement reforms to improve the business climate and attract foreign direct investment in three pilot regions: Atyrau, Kzylorda and East Kazakhstan.