Japan supports sustainable development of Uzbekistan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30
By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:
Japanese government will allocate $1.9 million to expand activities of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aimed to overcome the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uzbekistan, Trend reports citing Japanese Embassy in Tashkent.
"Funding will catalyze and strengthen multisectoral and people-centered responses to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Uzbekistan as well as to create conditions for more sustainable and inclusive development," the report says.
UNDP's response in the country focuses on the groups that experience the greatest socio-economic marginalization and require special attention: women, youth in the informal sector/unemployed, returning migrants, existing micro, small and medium enterprises and start-ups.
UNDP will support the efforts of the government of Uzbekistan to pilot the movement of the data of 9,600 branches of the Ministry of Family Support into an electronic document management system.
The funding provided by Japan will also be used for the annual national UNDP start-up competition. It is reported that 30 small businesses and six cooperatives, which serve over 240 farmers from remote areas, will receive financial support.
In addition, the funds will support initiatives that encourage women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Earlier, Japan provided $3 million of financial assistance to women in rural areas of Uzbekistan.
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