Uzbekistan Digital Inclusion Project (WB-P179108)

Regions
  • Europe and Central Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Countries
  • Uzbekistan
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Tashkent, and others
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Approved
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
B
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Nov 27, 2023
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Borrower
Government of Uzbekistan
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Sectors
  • Education and Health
  • Finance
  • Industry and Trade
  • Law and Government
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Dec 12, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Nov 8, 2022


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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

As stated by the World Bank, the development objective of Digital Inclusion Project is to support digital inclusion by expanding access to skills and employment opportunities in the digital economy. This project has three components.
1) The first component, Digital Inclusion and Enabling Environment, has the following sub-components: (i) Skills Development; and (ii) Modernization of Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks.
2) The second component, Development of country-wide regional infrastructure and incentives for IT-enabled services (ITES), has the following sub-components: (i) ITES Incentives Program; and (ii) ITES Infrastructure Development.
3) The third component, Location Attractiveness Promotion, has the following sub-components: (i) ITES Industry Promotion and Location Attractiveness; (ii) ITES Strategy and Institutional Development; and (iii) Project Implementation Unit Support. 

Early Warning System Project Analysis
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According to the World Bank, the E&S risk of the project is "Moderate".

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

As stated on the company's website, during the first visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of India, which was held from September 30 to October 2, 2018, Uzbek and Indian Parties agreed to expand cooperation in the field of IT. The Uzbek side, together with the information and technology companies of India, expressed interest in creating an Information Technology Park in Uzbekistan on basis of their best practices in software development and accelerating startups. Thus, it can be noted that IT Park was created on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to improve the startup ecosystem and startup projects and their implementation in our country.

On July 24, 2019 the first IT Park in the Republic of Uzbekistan opened its doors in Tashkent. In a given short amount of time, IT Park has already brought its first fruits in the form of 28 new startups, created dozens of projects in the field of information technology, as well as trainings, workshops and meetings to encourage the youth of our country, their interest in this area and develop computer literacy among the population.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - IT Park Uzbekistan Contractor Industry and Trade

Contact Information
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World Bank Team Leaders:

Sandra Sargent - Senior Digital Development Specialist
Mansur Bustoni - Transport Specialist
Mikhail Bunchuk - Senior Digital Development Specialist

No contacts provided at the time of disclosure.

Borrower - Government of Uzbekistan:

Sherzod Kudbiev - Minister of Economy and Finance
Email: info@mf.uz

Implementing Agencies -

IT Park:

Farhod Ibragimov - Director
Email: info@it-park.uz
Website: https://it-park.uz/en/
Address: 4, Tepamasjid str., Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 100164

Ministry of Digital Technologies:

Sherzod Shermatov - Minister
Email: info@mitc.uz
Website: https://gov.uz/digital/

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF THE WORLD BANK

The World Bank Inspection Panel is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by a World Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Inspection Panel, they may investigate to assess whether the World Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can contact the Inspection Panel or submit a complaint by emailing ipanel@worldbank.org. Information on how to file a complaint and a complaint request form are available at: https://www.inspectionpanel.org/how-to-file-complaint

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