Uzbekistan has chosen a path of gradual reforms aimed at social stability based on national independence, government control and self-sufficiency. However many independent indicators consistently rank Uzbekistan as a country with limited economic reform and freedom, persistent obstacles to private sector development and significant risks of corruption.
Recently some efforts have been made to reduce the scope for administrative interventions by reforming the inspections and permit regimes, reducing barriers to the registration of new businesses and tax code reforming.Three areas of major concern in Uzbekistan are governance, increased poverty and deeper structural reforms. There is a clear lack of policy dialogue between the private sector, the international community and the government. Uzbekistan has large natural gas reserves, but dependence of export through Russia reduces the export value. Therefore Uzbekistan has a strategy to increase the utilization of natural gas into high value products and develop a national supplier industry. However there are unclear conditions for development of private an independent SME sector. There are almost no economic relations between Uzbekistan and Norway. However there should be a potential for larger Norwegian companies in the gas, process and supplier industry. The main objective for the project is to identify and test the conditions for economic cooperation between Norway and Uzbekistan in the efforts to increase national utilization of natural gas and develop a national supplier industry. Main activities:
The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Information Support & Foreign Investments Promotion Agency (UZINFOIVEST) was established by the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov with the primary purpose of providing a one-stop informational and all other possible support to foreign investors in Uzbekistan. Agency is an independent institution (legal entity) under the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade.
Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.
Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).
Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.