Digital Skills for Private Sector Competitiveness in Uzbekistan

Since 2019, digital transformation has been a clear policy priority in Uzbekistan. While the country has made significant progress in terms of Internet access, quality and affordability, digital uptake among firms remains low. This lack of digital skills seems to be a limiting factor affecting the digital transformation of business. Based on recent OECD work on digitalisation, this report examines what is holding back the digital upskilling of businesses in Uzbekistan. It suggests three sets of policy actions: (1) developing a supportive institutional framework for the digital uptake of firms; (2) raising firms’ awareness of the importance of acquiring digital and complementary skills; and (3) expanding existing support to digitalise while addressing the gender digital divide.

Available from May 17, 2023Also available in: Russian


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Executive summary
Setting the scene
Develop a supportive institutional framework for the digital uptake of firms
Raise firms' awareness of the importance of digital and complementary skills
Expand existing support and address the gender digital divide
Next steps
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