On March 10, 2020, in the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan -Tashkent, grand opening and presentation of the new project “Boosting the capacity of industry associations serving engineering companies of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan” was held. Project is being implemented in the framework of Central Asia Invest V grant program Boosting Small Business Competitiveness, funded by the European Union.
The event was attended by the target audience and stakeholders of the project, including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Uzbekistan – Mihails Popkovs and representatives from Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Uzbekistan, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), civil engineers, project partners and specialists from Latvia.
The project will be implemented until April 2023 by a consortium of partners from three countries – Latvia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The leading partner in this project is Cluster of Clean Technologies CLEANTECH LATVIA, the partner from Kazakhstan is Association of Water Supply and Sanitation Companies of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Kazakhstan Su Arnasy” and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Uzbekistan is a partner from Uzbekistan.
The main objective of the project is to improve the skills of engineers in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, by strengthening the role of industry associations and attracting MSMEs.
A number of events are planned in the project, including:
- study tours for representatives of associations from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to Latvia to exchange European experience in the management of associations, the implementation of the certification system and support mechanisms to SMEs;
- development of training programs for continuing education and retraining of staff to increase the competitiveness of MSMEs;
- conducting pilot trainings and certification programs for representatives of MSMEs from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan;
- introducing new services on a regular basis offered by industry associations.