National Action Plan adopted for the Republic of Tajikistan within the Framework of WCS follow-up

25 January 2002 - A national seminar held by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan (Dushanbe, November 2001) adopted a National Action Plan to apply the recommendations of the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and the Science Agenda - Framework for Action in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Republic, and the effective utilization of science and technology in the process of transition to a fully-fledged market economy.

The plan highlights actions to increase living standards and promote the development of Tajikistan as a sovereign state through economic and social reforms. It focuses on establishing modern scientific-technical infrastructures for the economy, science, culture, education, and their monitoring by government. The orientations of the Plan embrace the setting up of economic, legal and monitoring mechanisms for reforms in the science and technology sectors, the full use and even increase of the intellectual potential of the country, promotion of competitiveness of national scientific-technical production, and the development of innovative scientific activities that meet the requirements of on-going reforms.

As the Plan points out, Tajikistan is facing a pressing need to address the challenges relating to the development of human resources, the use of local raw materials and energy resources, and an environmentally sound basis for the development of the economy. Measures are also to be taken to overcome a decrease in overall production figures and the low rate of innovation in technology. Concrete steps will be taken to improve the quality of products.

International co-operation in science and technology is recognized as a major component of the external policy of the country. Tadjikistan welcomes partnership in science and technology with all interested countries and international organizations. Co-operation in science and technology within the Commonwealth of Independent States will in particular be promoted.

The UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty supported the holding of the Seminar in Dushanbe. This was not the first such action it has taken to promote a sub-regional programme on the follow-up to WCS. In September 2001, it supported similar seminars in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

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