Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 7 February 2020 - The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) held a graduation ceremony on 1 February 2020 in Dushanbe for 14 civil servants from Tajikistan, who completed the Certificate Programme in Economic Policy (CPEP). This IPPA programme is conducted in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. CPEP engages civil servants who wish to acquire skills that are essential in advancing evidence-based policy analysis.
“The CPEP programme was very interesting and useful, and focused on the evidence and logic behind policies implemented or planned by the government,” said Ms. Takhmina Tolibi from the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan. “When I returned to my office after class, I shared the programme’s contents with my colleagues and it always sparked discussions between us.”
The 3-month programme consisted of six modules covering key areas of economic policy: Public Finance, Labour Markets and Education, Foreign Trade, Agriculture, and Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development. Learners also wrote a policy paper on a specific issue as a capstone project, and their topics ranged from food security to tackling Tajikistan’s external debt. Programme participants came from a range of government agencies including ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Industry and New Technologies, Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Institute of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
CPEP is part of a larger programme of teaching and research on ‘Pathways to Innovation’ supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. In March 2020, IPPA, which is part of UCA’s Graduate School of Development, will enroll a second intake of CPEP learners.