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The Effective Governance for Economic Development in Central Asia Conference

May 24-25, 2022

Tashkent, Uzbekistan


  • About the EGED Conference

    All five Central Asian countries have highly ambitious goals to generate sustained and inclusive economic growth. The importance of governance quality to achieve these goals – together with the closely related issue of routinely using evidence in policymaking – cannot be overstated.

    On May 24-25, 2022, Tashkent will host the inaugural international conference for the Effective Governance for Economic Development (EGED) program in Central Asia. It will bring together over 150 participants from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, including experts in developing evidence-based policies and reforms, senior government officials, and representatives of civil society, think tanks, academic circles, and international organizations.

    The conference will focus on how data, research, and experimentation can be powerful enablers of positive policymaking that can support better public governance orientated towards equitable and inclusive economic growth. 

    Evidence-based policy is a general prescription for transparency, accountability, and better governance. This requires a strengthened capacity to generate evidence, including through national statistical systems, and more systematic use of evidence, together with the necessary transparency and accountability to generate the inclusive prosperity.

    During the conference, experts will show how cutting-edge analytical methods greatly improve the capacity of governments to create policy solutions. Participants will discuss the challenges they face in connecting evidence to policy–sharing expertise and best practices in specific applications, including:

    • Modernizing national statistical systems and using the results.
    • Engaging citizens with data.
    • Case studies in using data for local and regional economic development, budgeting, and public procurement.
    • Regional experience in the digitalization of the labor market services.
    • The role of data for policy prioritization at the top – lessons from the UK’s Delivery Unit.

    The conference is co-organized by the World Bank, the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, and the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan, with financial support from the UK Government. The views expressed during the conference do not necessarily reflect the official views of the UK Government.

    The views expressed during this conference do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.

    About the EGED Program

    The Effective Governance for Economic Development (EGED) program in Central Asia is funded by the UK government and implemented by the World Bank and ACTED. It aims to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of economic policies in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The program supports governments to generate better data and evidence, use this data for policy design and implementation of economic reforms, improve coordination within government, and better engage with citizens.

  • The EGED Conference agenda

    The tentative conference agenda is provided below. Some sessions will be open to the public online and accessible via the Zoom platform. Respective links will be added to the agenda shortly.

    Download the agenda (PDF)


  • Download the Joint Conference Declaration on Evidence-based Policymaking:

    In English

    In Russian

    In Uzbek


  • Where: Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom
  • Day 1: May 24, 2022, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Day 2: May 25, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM