Title:Reform Roadmap and Implementation Plan for the Gas Sector
Budget:181,280 EUR
Country:Uzbekistan
Dates: February, 2020 - June, 2020
Partner: Mott MacDonald (UK) and Dentons (Uzbekistan)
Funding:World Bank

Since 2017 Uzbekistan has embarked on the path of becoming an open economy. For the petroleum - and energy sector, this implied the execution of multiple high impact unbundling reforms in H1 2019. The ownership and control of the effected state-owned enterprises remain closely tied to the government. Besides the new Ministry of Energy, the main regulators also include the Ministry of Finance, exercising price regulation and general control over financial flows, and the Cabinet of Ministers, approving the Rules for the Electricity Use and the Rules for the Gas Use as well as monitoring investment programs in the industry.
With oversight of the Oil & Gas Project Office in the Ministry of Finance several studies have been carried out by international consulting firms related to sector diagnostics and design of reforms. The timelines set for improving the gas sector performance are ambitious. Reform initiatives have started, implementing deliverables for the sector stipulated in the Presidential Resolution, July 2019.
Considering the multitude and fast pace of reforms taking place in Uzbekistan at the moment, there is a need to consolidate oil and gas sector reform diagnostics, design studies and implementation activities already carried out by GoU prior to this assignment and identify any gaps related to institutional and structural requirements for a) policy and strategy setting, b) regulatory oversight and c) sector operations by SOE''s, benchmarked against reforms in other countries and world class best practices. The output of this analysis would inform a Reform Roadmap and a high-level Reform implementation plan.