What is a Country Partnership Framework?
The World Bank Group is preparing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Uzbekistan. It will outline key objectives and development results through which the World Bank Group intends to support the Government’s efforts to advance social and economic development during 2022-2026.
The World Bank Group updates its strategies and work plans in client countries every four to five years to reflect their evolving priorities. Therefore, the new CPF for Uzbekistan will closely align with the Government’s new national development strategy for the next five years.
In preparing the CPF, the World Bank Group, in consultation with the Government and other stakeholders, draws upon the findings of the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) to develop the CPF objectives, deriving them from those country development goals that better reflect the World Bank Group’s comparative advantages in Uzbekistan.
The forthcoming SCD identifies four High Level Outcomes (HLOs) that are essential to the success of the country’s transition to a market economy, and the inclusive growth it depends on. For Uzbekistan to halve poverty by 2026 and become an upper-middle income country by 2030, the following HLOs will need to be achieved:
- creating a strong private sector response to generate more and better jobs
- transforming the State from producer to effective market enabler
- investing in strengthening the country’s human capital and addressing unequal access to opportunities
- creating the condition for a sustainable and resilient future
Building on the forthcoming SCD and on preliminary consultations with various stakeholders, the new CPF will aim to help Uzbekistan successfully implement the next phase of transition towards an inclusive and sustainable market economy to achieve its ambitious goals of halving poverty by 2026 and becoming an upper-middle income country by 2030.
Uzbekistan’s CPF for 2022-2026 will likely have three potential focus areas for the World Bank Group’s financial and advisory programs in the country:
- Enabling inclusive growth and private sector participation in the economy: World Bank Group-supported programs will aim to accelerate the transition to an inclusive market economy by strengthening competition; to expand access for the private sector to the necessary factors of production, such as land, labor, and capital; to enhance the role of the State as an enabler and a regulator rather than a producer; and to increase accountability and transparency of public sector service delivery.
- Investing in people: World Bank Group-supported programs will aim to contribute to building a vibrant human capital, through improved education, skills development and health services and to protecting the most vulnerable with a stronger safety net and improved opportunities for all.
- Greening the Transition: World Bank Group-supported programs will aim to promote a more efficient use of natural resources and to set the basis for the development of a greener growth framework including the decarbonization of the economy.
Also, two cross-cutting themes will be pursued under the new CPF: gender and citizen engagement.
A presentation outlining the preparation process of the Uzbekistan CPF for 2022-2026 is available here (last updated: February 1, 2022).