On 15 February 2017, CEED Bulgaria is launching the project “Strengthening Transport and Logistics BIOs in Central Asia” in Tashkent. The project is co-financed by the EU (750.000 Euros). The project activities will be implemented in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in 2016- 2019. Ambassador Eduards Stiprais, the Head of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, Mr. Nikolai Yarmov, CEED Bulgaria Director, and representatives of partner organisations will attend the kick-off meeting.
The project will be implemented by CEED Bulgaria in partnership with:
the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan (CCIU);
the Association for Development of Business Logistics (ADBL Tashkent);
the Latvian Association of stevedore companies (LSA);
the Turkmen Association of International Road Carriers (THADA).
The project’s main objective is to support Uzbek and Turkmen Business Intermediary Organisations (BIOs) and SMEs in developing of the logistic supply chain, storage and distribution of goods, jobs creation and staff training. In addition, the project will contribute to establishing institutional and legal mechanisms for public-private partnership through the institutional support of business associations working in the field of transport and warehouse logistics. It will help increase their competitiveness on domestic and foreign markets, stimulating SME growth and export expansion in the Central Asian states.
It’s expected that the project will help achieve a number of results. Firstly, the project beneficiaries will increase innovative managerial expertise and upgraded business supporting competences of targeted BIOs to better serve the local transport and logistics business; will acquire fundamental managerial skills for running a successful business and gained practical experience from EU best entrepreneurial practices by SMEs; will increase export expertise of the BIOs and trade potential of SMEs; will build institutional partnerships between EU BIOs and assisted BIOs from Central Asia with the aim to promote sustainable transport and logistics practices.
In addition, BIOs capacity will be strengthened through increased competences and through the use of innovative methods to promote transport and logistics sector development. Meanwhile, participating SMEs will be enhanced through efficient transport and logistics management practices that will increase SME competitiveness at domestic and regional markets.
Journalists are invited to attend the launch of the project and a subsequent press conference. The event will be held at the Miran International Hotel, 4 Shakhrisabz Passage., Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and commence at 10:00 a.m on 15th February.