5. Next steps

The OECD recommends that the Government of Uzbekistan first prioritises improved data collection of the needs of the private sector for the type of digital skills. This collection together with systematic digital skills assessments will provide the foundation on which to adapt and improve public policy. Next, Uzbekistan can identify existing digital upskilling initiatives and gather them in a one-stop-shop. Awareness raising campaigns and outreach efforts to the private sector can maximise the uptake of these programs.

Moving forward, the National Digital Strategy should then incorporate objectives for the private sector to develop digital skills by industry based on identified needs. The NDS design, implementation and revision should integrate all relevant stakeholders in a co-ordinated way, including the public sector, educational institutions, the domestic private sector, and multinational corporations. Incentives for the private sector to upskill on both digital and complementary dimensions should be introduced.

With a comprehensive upskilling system in place, the government should take care to integrate gender-sensitive policies in all its incentives. It can expand its efforts to develop financial, regulatory, and legal incentives to enlarge the uptake of digital upskilling initiatives among firms.

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