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.
Welcome and Opening Statement
Welcome address by Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE
Welcome address by Ms. Koh Miyaoi, Gender Practice Leader, UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre
Opening Statement "Challenges for Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Central Asia" by Ms. Malinka Koparanova, Senior Social Affairs Officer and Gender Focal Point, UNECE
The Business Environment for Male and Female Entrepreneurs in Central Asia
Ms. Tatiana Bozrikova, Chairperson, Public Organization “Panorama”, Tajikistan
Ms. Dono Abdurazakova, Independent Consultant, Uzbekistan
Ms. Gulbanu Aubekerova, Chairperson, West Kazakhstan Branch of the Independent Association of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ms. Mira Djangaracheva, Poverty Reduction Programme Manager, UNDP Kyrgyzstan
Mr. John Cassidy, UCD School of Business, Ireland (Discussant)
Ms. Zulfiya Tukhtakhodjaeva, Deputy Chairperson, Businesswomen Association of Uzbekistan “Tadbirkor Ayol” (Discussant)
Key Challenges to Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas
Ms. Gulnara Baimambetova, Chair of the Board, Women Entrepreneurs Support Association, Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Muyasara Bobokhonova, Chairperson, Association “Women and Society”, Tajikistan
Ms. Mavlyuda Shirinova, Socio-Economic Development Centre “SABR”, Uzbekistan
Closing the Gender Gaps in Entrepreneurship: support at the country level
Ms. Meerim Satkeeva, Head of Nonbank Licensing Division, Nonbank Supervision Department, National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan
Mr. Arman Sultanbek, Director, Corporate Fund “Social micro credit organization Delta-Credit”, Kazakhstan
Ms. Viloyat Mirzoeva, National Project Coordinator, UN WOMEN, Tajikistan
Ms. Gulsara Kenenbaeva, Project Specialist, EBRD Business Advisory Services (BAS) Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Lyazzat Ibragimova, Chairperson, JSC "DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund", Kazakhstan (contributed presentation)
The way ahead: policy strategies for women’s entrepreneurship development
Ms. Sadagat Gahramanova, Deputy Chairperson, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ms. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, Technical and Policy Deputy Minister, Ministry of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan
Ms. Zhamilya Nurmagambetova, Chief expert Department of Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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, Kyrgyzstan