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Uzbekistan - Mining Sector Development Project
The mining sector is one of the Uzbekistan’s most important and strategic industries, with the country being among the leading producers of gold and uranium in the world. Uzbekistan also produces copper, silver, coal, phosphate, molybdenum, wolfram, potassium, tungsten, lead, zinc and other minerals.
The main law regulating the sector is the Law on Subsoil No. 444-II, 2002 (the “Subsoil Law”), which provides the overarching legal framework governing exploration and development of all subsoil resources, including minerals and oil and gas. This law provides for licensing and control, rights and obligations, basic rules regarding efficient use of resources, types of subsoil use, duration of subsoil use and other related matters. The sector is also regulated under a number of other related laws and regulations (e.g. tax, land, labour and environmental laws and regulations). The main regulatory bodies are: the Ministry of Finance, the State Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources (the “GosComGeology”); the State Inspectorate on Control over Industrial Safety of works in Industry, Mining, Geology and Public Utilities Sectors (the “Industrial Safety Inspectorate”); and, the State Committee on Protection of the Environment (the “Environment Protection Committee”).
Against the above background, the Government of Uzbekistan (the “Government”) wishes to see the mining sector make a more fulsome contribution to the economy and public finances, and has identified it as a priority area of focus for reform efforts (the “Project”).
To achieve these objectives, the Government has committed to making significant changes to both the structure and governance of both the sector and its main state-owned participants. Initial reforms in this respect are set out in the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 8, and Resolution of the President No. ПП-4124 (both January 2019).
In the context of the Project and in order to assist the Government achieve the Project objectives, the Bank now wishes to engage a Consultant (the “Consultant”) in order to provide conceptual, technical and practical support to the authorities in the development, consultation and adoption of a contemporary policy framework, reflective of proven best practice, for the mining sector in Uzbekistan (the “Assignment”).
Amongst others, the Assignment will comprise of a number of specific tasks focussed upon the achievement of its objectives. The Consultant will perform the following tasks within this Assignment:
a) Sector review: A review of existing policies, strategies, laws, regulations, practices and other documents connected to the mining sector currently in existence in Uzbekistan;
b) Identification of best practice Identification of international best practice for developing the mining sector through incentivising private investment in exploration and exploitation activities;
c) Options and recommendations: Identification of specific policy and strategy options which will enable the adoption and implementation of best practice in Uzbekistan;
d) Transparency in extractives: A review the prevalent principles and standards applying to the transparency in the governance and administration of the extractives sector, together with an exploration of the value and appropriateness of adopting particular principles and standards in Uzbekistan;
e) Implementation planning: An implementation plan which will identify specific steps that need to be taken on a practical level to achieve effective implementation of the assignment’s recommendations;
f) Support for stakeholder consultation: The Consultant will support the consultation of the recommendations amongst stakeholders;
g) Capacity building: The Consultant will capacity building and training workshops on key concepts related to the mining sector;
h) Support for policy/strategy approval: The Consultant will help to present and explain the recommendations to the Government for their review, consideration and approval.