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Policy Seminar on Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Central Asia

19 September 2011

Palais des Nations, Geneva

 

What actions are needed to boost women’s entrepreneurship development in Central Asia?

This question was tackled at a Policy Seminar on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Central Asia organised by UNECE and the UNDP Regional Office for Europe and CIS on 19 September 2011 in Geneva.

The one-day seminar brought together policy makers, representatives from women’s business associations, gender and finance experts from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as experts from international and regional organisations.

Participants discussed the findings and policy implications of new research assessing the business environment for women entrepreneurs in the region, and highlighted the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in rural areas. New projects, initiatives and policy strategies to enhance women’s access to finance, training and advisory services were presented. Participants called for comprehensive and integrated measures to provide new opportunities for and support to women entrepreneurs in Central Asia. It was stressed that while recent policy reforms and initiatives are improving the business environment for small and medium sized businesses and the importance of women’s contribution to economic development in the region is increasingly recognized, more decisive actions and a long term gender-sensitive policy strategy are needed to boost opportunities for women.

Programme                          Report

Welcome and Opening Statement Statements

Welcome address by Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE

ENG

Welcome address by Ms. Koh Miyaoi, Gender Practice Leader, UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre

ENG

Opening Statement "Challenges for Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Central Asia" by Ms. Malinka Koparanova, Senior Social Affairs Officer and Gender Focal Point, UNECE

ENG

The Business Environment for Male and Female Entrepreneurs in Central Asia

Presentations
Ms. Tatiana Bozrikova, Chairperson, Public Organization “Panorama”, TajikistanRUS

Ms. Dono Abdurazakova, Independent Consultant, Uzbekistan

ENG

RUS 

Ms. Gulbanu Aubekerova, Chairperson, West Kazakhstan Branch of the Independent Association of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of KazakhstanRUS
Ms. Mira Djangaracheva, Poverty Reduction Programme Manager, UNDP KyrgyzstanRUS
Mr. John Cassidy, UCD School of Business, Ireland (Discussant)
Ms. Zulfiya Tukhtakhodjaeva, Deputy Chairperson, Businesswomen Association of Uzbekistan “Tadbirkor Ayol” (Discussant)RUS
Key Challenges to Women Entrepreneurs in Rural AreasPresentations
Ms. Gulnara Baimambetova, Chair of the Board, Women Entrepreneurs Support Association, KyrgyzstanRUS
Ms. Muyasara Bobokhonova, Chairperson, Association “Women and Society”, TajikistanRUS
Ms. Mavlyuda Shirinova, Socio-Economic Development Centre “SABR”, Uzbekistan

RUS

RUS

Closing the Gender Gaps in Entrepreneurship: support at the country levelPresentations
Ms. Meerim Satkeeva, Head of Nonbank Licensing Division, Nonbank Supervision Department, National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan

ENG

RUS

Mr. Arman Sultanbek, Director, Corporate Fund “Social micro credit organization Delta-Credit”, Kazakhstan

ENG

RUS

Ms. Viloyat Mirzoeva, National Project Coordinator, UN WOMEN, Tajikistan

ENG


Ms. Gulsara Kenenbaeva, Project Specialist, EBRD Business Advisory Services (BAS) Kyrgyzstan

RUS


Ms. Lyazzat Ibragimova, Chairperson, JSC "DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund", Kazakhstan (contributed presentation)

ENG

RUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way ahead: policy strategies for women’s entrepreneurship development PresentationsStatements
Ms. Sadagat Gahramanova, Deputy Chairperson, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affaires of the Republic of AzerbaijanRUS
Ms. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, Technical and Policy Deputy Minister, Ministry of Women's Affairs of AfghanistanENG
Ms. Zhamilya Nurmagambetova, Chief expert Department of Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan

RUS

RUS
Ms. Gulbukhor Gulyamova, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan
Ms. Aina Mambetova, Expert of the Section of Gender Issues, Ministry of Labour and Employment, KyrgyzstanRUS