The project is implemented by CLEANTECH LATVIA works with BIOs in Kazakhstan, Latvia and Uzbekistan.
Launched at the end of 2019 and set to run until 2023, the project “Capacity building of industry associations serving engineering companies in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan” aims to improve services offered by industry associations to engineering companies in both countries – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It further plans to introduce certification for engineers to assure high quality standards in investment project implementation and develop MSME’s presence in new areas. The project focuses on sharing European knowledge and demonstrating the experience of international experts in the field of civil engineering in order to promote European and Central Asian co-operation through facilitation and transfer of European high quality standards.
- Share and communicate European experience to representatives of associations in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
- Develop content of training courses and certification programme to improve MSME’s competitiveness
- Pilot training courses and certification programme on MSMEs representatives from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
- Evaluate results of piloting projects, adjust programmes and introduce new services on regular basis of BIO’s.
The project is implemented by Latvian cluster organization CLEANTECH LATVIA and two partners – The Association of Consulting Engineers of Uzbekistan (UZACE) and Association of Water Supply and Sanitation Companies of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan Su Arnasy) in close cooperation with local engineers and industry micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
- CLEANTECH LATVIA is a cluster organization offering wide competencies and technologies for sustainable and environmentally friendly businesses. The geography of company projects covers Baltic countries, Northern Europe and Central Asia. Since 2012 CLEANTECH LATVIA works in Kazakhstan and since 2014 in Uzbekistan, corresponding to increasing interest on environment protection, resource saving and climate change issues.
- Co-applicant – UZACE, Uzbekistan: Non-governmental and non-profit organization (NGO) UZACE voluntarily unites legal entities and individuals, who are professionally involved in the implementation of design, engineering, as well as consulting services in the field of construction in the Republic of Uzbekistan and assists through coordination of cooperation and professional development of its members in the implementation of design and engineering works, providing consulting services in Uzbekistan.
- Co-applicant – Kazakhstan Su Arnasay (KSA), Kazakhstan: KSA was established on March 28, 2002 with the participation of the Construction Committee of the Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The association is an open non-profit organization with the main goal to represent and protect the rights and legitimate interests of water supply and sanitation enterprises in all state bodies, public and other organizations in Kazakhstan and beyond.
News and events
Throughout 2020, an online cycle of seminars was organized to share the experience of individual engineers on certification and professional development. Project partners UZACE and KSA were introduced with several professional associations of Latvia. They showcased their approach on collaborating with industry and engineers to demonstrate possible approaches for further growth of associations. Seminars were highly recognized by the participants and attracted important engineering companies and BIOs of target countries. The year brought together:
- 9 online seminars of knowledge and experience sharing
- 13 experts participated in experience sharing activities
- Participants provided an evaluation average mark of 4,5 out of 5
- 38 MSMEs joined events in 2020
- 9 capacity building online workshops on strategic management
- Collaboration with four international organizations working on similar activities in the water field an MSMEs support in CA
With the purpose of identifying the appropriate target audience for project activities and defining MSME’s challenges and barriers for further growth during this difficult period, two market researches were conducted in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Considering the complexity of implementation of project activities related to international experience sharing, we focus on capacity building activities for project partners, trainings on project management, familiarizing them with role of strategic planning and supporting them to design their 5-year strategy and action plan for 2021.
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