The project "Improving the competitiveness of SMEs" (hereinafter - the Project) has a Component 3 "Assessment of the impact of programs for the development of SMEs". The objective of Component 3 is to contribute to the improvement of the structure, prioritization, streamlining and effectiveness of SME development policies and programs.

 One of the objectives of this Component is to ensure institutional integration in the evaluation of the current state policy and support the evaluation of the impact of programs with the development of the dashboard.

As part of the implementation of this Component of the MNE of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the contract dated June 26, 2018 No. KZ / SMEC / QCBS-09 was concluded with a joint venture as part of LATTANZIO Monitoring and Evaluation Srl and LATTANZIO Advisory SpA (hereinafter referred to as the Consultant) for the provision of services for evaluating the impact of SME support programs and training for capacity building of key stakeholders (hereinafter - the Contract).

This Contract provides the MNE services to assess the impact of support programs for small and medium enterprises and training to build the capacity of key stakeholders, including:

1) M & E capacity assessment and training for individuals monitoring and evaluating the impact of government programs supporting SMEs;

2) development of a baseline / final study methodology (including counterfeit methods) for assessing the impact of the SME Competitiveness Development Project, as well as an assessment methodology for two state programs for supporting SMEs;

3) evaluation of two state programs of support for SMEs - “BRM -2020” and the Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship for 2017–2021 “Enbek”;

4) project impact assessment.

At the same time, according to the “BRM -2020” and “Enbek” programs, assessments will be carried out with departure to 4-5 regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan for each program.

Based on the work results, the Consultant will develop and provide the MNE with recommendations and suggestions for improvement:

1) systems of monitoring and evaluation of state programs, including the development of draft relevant legal acts;

2) two estimated state programs, including in the development of approaches, mechanisms, indicators for these programs for the next period.

In accordance with the Contract by the Consultant, from September 10 to 21, 2018, a training was held on the topic: “Results-based monitoring and evaluation system”. The course content was formed on the basis of a training needs assessment conducted through an online survey and telephone interviews. According to the results of the training, 17 participants from various ministries, departments and organizations involved in the implementation of state programs in support of SMEs received certificates of successful completion of the course. (Representatives from: MNE, Statistics Committee of MNE, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Research Institute, Atameken Research Institute, Accounts Committee, KIDI JSC, DAMU Fund, Kazagro Holding).

At the end of November 2018, the consultant completed the 2nd Stage of the contract implementation, during which the second week training was held in October 2018, draft Plans and methodologies for conducting state program evaluation and Project impact assessment were developed, a seminar was held on December 11, 2018 on their presentation.

March 4, 2019 MNE agreed:

1) Methodology for assessments of state programs "Unified program for support and development of business "Business Road Map 2020" and "Program for the development of productive employment and mass entrepreneurship for 2017-2021";

2) The methodology for conducting impact assessments for conducting a baseline / final / counterfeit research project "Improving the competitiveness of SMEs" (hereinafter - the Project);

3) Plan for the evaluation of state programs "Unified program of support and development of business "Business Road Map 2020" and "Program for the development of productive employment and mass entrepreneurship for 2017-2021".

In addition, Addendum No. 2 to the Contract dated April 25, 2019 was adopted in terms of its extension until the end of 2020 in order to conduct a qualitative final study on the impact assessment of the Project under Stage 4 of the Terms of Reference for the Contract.

Currently, the Consultant has completed the field phase of the evaluation of the state program "BRM-2020". Preliminary results of the assessment will be presented in July 2019.

On June 24, 2019, the field phase of the evaluation of the Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship for 2017–2021 “Enbek”, which will be completed in late August 2019, starts.

As part of the implementation of the Loan Agreement of July 20, 2015 No. 8477-KZ (the project “Improving the Competitiveness of SMEs”), the Republic of Kazakhstan and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of this agreement were contracted by the MNE RK No. KZ / SMEC / QCBS- of March 5, 2019 10 with the company "Euroconsultants S.A. - a branch in Kazakhstan (hereinafter referred to as the Consultant) for the provision of services for the “National baseline study of the state of the small and medium-sized enterprises in Kazakhstan and the development of the Concept for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in order to increase the share of SMEs in GDP to 50% by 2050”.

In accordance with the Contract by the Consultant, the following services will be provided to the MNE:

1) preparation of a national baseline study of SMEs and the development of its detailed methodology to support the development of the private sector / SMEs in Kazakhstan;

2) implementation of a national baseline survey of SMEs in at least 10 sectors of the economy;

3) an analysis of the state of the economy of Kazakhstan, including the SME sector and the prospects for its development, including on the basis of information obtained during the national baseline survey;

4) development of the Concept of development of the SME sector in Kazakhstan in order to increase the share of SMEs in GDP to 50% by 2050 (hereinafter referred to as the Concept);

5) development of an Action Plan for the implementation of the Concept.

 

Currently, the Consultant for the national baseline survey of SMEs has selected the following 10 sectors of the economy to be selected and agreed with MNE:

1) Wholesale and retail trade; car and motorcycle repair;

2) Agriculture, forestry and fisheries;

3) Construction;

4) Manufacturing industry;

5) Transportation and warehousing;

6) Administrative and support services;

7) Professional, scientific and technical activities;

8) Accommodation and food services;

9) Education;

10) Information and communication.

Also, a Methodology and a Plan for a National Baseline Study of SMEs were developed and agreed with the MNE and a workshop was held on May 31, 2019 to review and discuss these projects.

In accordance with this Methodology, there are 31 starts (10 sectors of the economy * 3 types of SMEs (medium, small and PI + peasant farms)) and not a random sample is taken, but a so-called convenient sample, due to the inability to obtain contact information to legislation, especially on individual entrepreneurs. In total, 1,535 SMEs will be conducted through 3 types: 1) individual interview, 2) telephone interview, 3) Internet questionnaire.

The developed questionnaire includes 67 questions, of which 10 are of a general nature. The pilot showed that the average time for filling out this questionnaire is from 20 to 40 minutes.

The start of the research is scheduled for June 24 of this year.

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