Improving competitiveness in Tajikistan


Since its inception in 2008, the OECD Central Asia Initiative has worked to help create the conditions for sustained economic growth and investment in the countries of the Central Asia region, creating opportunities for private initiative, promoting the development of key sectors of the Central Asian economies, and fostering further co-operation with the OECD.

From 2009-2012 a series of recommendations were produced, to support Central Asian countries in strengthening their competitiveness and investment attractiveness. Recommendations for Tajikistan covered three main policy areas: (i) Investment and trade promotion; (ii) Access to finance for SMEs; (iii) Human capital development.

In 2014, building on these initial assessments, the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme, in co-operation with Germany's GIZ, advised on the implementation of concrete and tailored instruments to support policy reforms within two of those three policy areas.

17 March 2015 - Press release - OECD recommendations for boosting competitiveness in Tajikistan

Access the Handbooks on SME development and improving exports in agribusiness in Tajikistan

Overview presentation - Russian version
Presentation: Promoting internationalisation of agribusiness SMEs in Tajikistan - Russian version

Presentation: Improving access to finance in Tajikistan - Russian version

12 March 2014 - Press release: OECD-EU project on Tajikistan competitiveness to focus on improving agribusiness exports and SME access to finance

OECD team went to the Sughd region in Tajikistan to investigate issues relating to access to finance, and agricultural exports - March 2014

In 2014 the Project delivered:

A comprehensive assessment of Government policies in two selected areas among Human Capital Development, Access to Finance for SMEs, and Investment and Trade Promotion;

Two draft action plans for targeted reform implementation in the two areas.

A peer review process involving countries from the Eurasia region and OECD Members, to be carried out under the auspices of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Roundtable. The first OECD Eurasia Roundtable took place in December 2013, where the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Moldova were peer reviewed in their efforts to enhance competitiveness.

The second OECD Eurasia Roundtable took place in the week of 24 November 2014. A high-level delegation from the Government of Tajikistan was invited to present the final results of this project, namely the results of the horizontal assessment and the two action plans for targeted reforms.




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