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||Statements|
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||RUS|
Ms. Dono Abdurazakova, Independent Consultant, Uzbekistan
|Ms. Gulbanu Aubekerova, Chairperson, West Kazakhstan Branch of the Independent Association of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan||RUS|
|Ms. Mira Djangaracheva, Poverty Reduction Programme Manager, UNDP Kyrgyzstan||RUS|
|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 Areas||Presentations|
|Ms. Gulnara Baimambetova, Chair of the Board, Women Entrepreneurs Support Association, Kyrgyzstan||RUS|
|Ms. Muyasara Bobokhonova, Chairperson, Association “Women and Society”, Tajikistan||RUS|
|Ms. Mavlyuda Shirinova, Socio-Economic Development Centre “SABR”, Uzbekistan|
|Closing the Gender Gaps in Entrepreneurship: support at the country level||Presentations|
|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||Presentations||Statements|
|Ms. Sadagat Gahramanova, Deputy Chairperson, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan||RUS|
|Ms. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, Technical and Policy Deputy Minister, Ministry of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan||ENG|
|Ms. Zhamilya Nurmagambetova, Chief expert Department of Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan||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, Kyrgyzstan||RUS|