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Adjustments in spatial development in Uzbekistan: focus on small towns

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Duration: January 2014 - February 2015

Adjustments in spatial development in Uzbekistan: focus on small towns

Since 2008, the role of regions in the structural transformation of the country has significantly increased. A series of measures have been adopted to improvt the economic potential and competitiveness of the regions. Production, centered previously in separate centers, gradually "expands and moves" to other regions of the country. In the implementation of regional policy focus has shifted from the concept of equalization of development levels of the regions (inter-regional differentiation), to the policy of their polarized (focused) development, based on the promotion of "points" and "poles" of economic growth. The main instruments of this policy become the creation of free industrial economic zones (FIEZ), the implementation of major investment projects and others.

The emphasis on small towns as drivers of growth brings new demands to the methods of policy implementation in the regions in order to ensure optimization schemes of productive forces location and obtain the multiplier effect at creating employment, infrastructure, income. Under these conditions, the role of local authorities significantly increases. From simple solution centers they should become real managers, who are interested in the growth of the region.

The aim of the research is to develop recommendations for stimulating the development of small towns as new growth drivers.

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Policy Brief_Adjustments in spatial development in Uzbekistan: focus on small towns_2014_Rus