Trade and industrial development are deemed one of the key strategic areas for the CER. To this end, CER develops policy papers and analytical documents to investigate the latest trends in international trade and industrial development, as well as conducts sectoral studies. In particular, the Trade and Industrial Policy component focuses on the following activities:
- Coordination of research projects in the field of international trade and industrial policy and their impact on Uzbek and global economy;
- Conducting sectoral studies;
- Elaboration of policy recommendations for the medium- and long-term perspective on how to better address economic development challenges;
- Development of analyses and reviews of various industrial sectors.
To date CER’s research efforts in the area of trade and industrial policy have resulted in a considerable number of studies related to promotion of growth and diversification of export activity, improvement of business environment and strengthening of private sector to promote the inflow of FDI; a series of surveys on tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade and their impact on economic growth and industrial structure of the economy; recommendations on development of market institutions and liberalization of foreign trade policy, and more effective economic cooperation and integration in Central Asia.
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Social Policy for Economic Transformation and Social Sustainability: New Social Contract in the New Stage of Development
Social contract – is an implicit agreement between the government and main social groups, formulated around basic living needs of the society: sustainable livelihoods, guaranteed employment and income, as well as confidence in tomorrow. This implicit agreement determines the nature and model of the society and creates the background and the framework for human development as well as realization of social rights of individuals. Accordingly, it is social contract that defines the model of social policy at each stage of development in the country. Implementation of the social contract formulated as "loyalty for social guarantees and social stability" allowed to sustain social sustainability in the difficult period of transition.
By 2030 Uzbekistan needs to join the group of upper-middle income countries, maintain annual growth rates at 8% and implement structural transformation of the economy by increasing the share of manufacturing industry from 9% to 22%, and the share of services from 45% to 55%. At the same time, the population is estimated to reach 37 million by 2030.
Faster industrialization, population and income growth will significantly increase the need of the economy for resources and at the same time will augment negative manmade impact on the landscape, generating threats for biodiversity conservation. The key challenge in implementation of the long-term strategy is linked to the resource scarcity and risks of natural resource depletion needed for current and future generations.