Meeting of the Steering Committee

On 25 November, 2016, the Programme "Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan" funded by the European Union held a meeting of the Steering Committee consisting of representatives of EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, Ministry of Economy, Consortium partners, Programme Team, including 4 regional offices in target regions, heads of regional working groups.

The Steering Committee of the Programme has representation of the EU Delegation, the main beneficiary Ministry of economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Grantee (represented by GIZ). It monitors achievements and takes strategic decisions. It is proposed that the Steering Committee shall meet biannually and when a specific need arises.

At the Steering Committee meeting on November 25, 2016 the results of EU funded "Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan" Programme feasibility phase conducted by the Consortium were presented by GIZ, ADECIA and Programme Team Tashkent office.

Heads of 6 regional working groups present at the meeting provided brief presentation on overall capacity of their regions (namely Andijan, Namangan, Fergana, Djizak, Sirdarya and Kashkadarya regions) along with suggestions of each regional working group regarding the potential intervention areas.

Based on the results of the Programme feasibility and assessment phase, and suggestions from EU Delegation and partners both at national and regional level as well as the proposals from regional working groups, Programme Team provided pilot projects on intervention areas: brief value chain analysis in selected agriproducts was presented; pilot projects in livestock (diary), horticulture, potato, cold storages and export promotion of value added products delivered to SC board.

All suggestions were reviewed and thoroughly discussed during presentations. SC board members identified future directions of project implementation and issued general approval to the list of future pilot projects designed to be implemented in rural areas of target regions.