TASHKENT (TCA) — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on December 25 held a meeting to discuss the attraction and effective use of grant funds from foreign countries, international organizations and foundations, the President’s official website reported.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade was appointed as the authorized body for coordinating and monitoring the work with foreign grants and donors.
It was said at the meeting that a total of 160 projects are currently being implemented in Uzbekistan through grants in the amount of 667 million US dollars. However, there is no mechanism for monitoring the realization of these projects, for evaluating the effectiveness of development and scrutiny of the targeted use of funds. The facilities and equipment put into operation through grants and the experience harnessed in the framework of projects are used inefficiently. Grants attracted into such areas as science, innovation, and ecology are considered insufficient.
The President outlined tasks to attract new grants into each priority sphere and industry. The Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade as well as the Ministry of Finance were instructed to institute a new system for assessing the effectiveness of schemes implemented through grants.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade have been tasked with building up ties with international donor organizations.
The Ministries of Healthcare, Higher and Secondary Special Education, Agriculture, and the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection were advised of the need to develop roadmaps for attracting grants in 2020, directing the funds raised to priority goals and specific projects.
For instance, in healthcare, the possibility was noted of attracting funds from the World Health Organization, JICA, KOICA and other organizations to such areas as oncology, child and socially considerable diseases, and the establishment of laboratories.
Instructions were given on enhancing the attraction of grants to the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region.
President Mirziyoyev also underscored the importance of intensifying the efforts to attract foreign specialists and volunteers in the framework of free aid, establish constant dialogue with them and cash in their experience.