Toward Roads by European Standards
Uzbekistan and the German company Roland Berger GmbH have reached a preliminary agreement on cooperation in the elaboration of a concept for the development of roads in Uzbekistan.
The new concept should provide for the introduction of modern standards and technologies in the design, construction and reconstruction, as well as the repair of roads, depending on their categories, providing improved quality and service life.
In addition, it will clearly spell out the issues of financing all these works, including on terms of publicprivate partnership.
Another important point is that the concept will contain a program for the construction and reconstruction of public roads for the period from 2019 to 2040, taking into account the prospective assessment of the socio-economic development of Uzbekistan and its regions.
It is also envisaged that the Uzbek side will complete all organizational measures to attract a foreign consultant to work on the development concept by the end of January next year.
At the same time, a special working group should work out the creation of joint ventures with German companies for the production of modern building materials used in the construction and operation of highways in Uzbekistan.
In addition, it is planned to establish cooperation with leading German engineering companies in the design of highways and artificial structures, to apply advanced foreign experience in the development of roadside infrastructure, the introduction of modern elements of landscape design, beautification and greening works along highways.
Moreover, cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Germany and leading companies will be of much help for attracting advanced methods and technologies for the construction and operation of roads.
Within the framework of the document, it is also planned to resolve the issue of providing the industry with personnel. For example, by 1 March 2019, interested ministries of Uzbekistan should submit to the Cabinet of Ministers their proposals for setting up the Center for Advanced Training and Retraining Specialists at the Tashkent Institute for the Design, Construction and Operation of Roads, engaging highly qualified experts from foreign educational institutions and the company.
In addition, the state budget will assign funds to courses for training and advanced training in foreign educational institutions, as well as internships at leading road-building companies in Germany.