Uzbekistan celebrated International Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Nov 19, 2016

The role of women's entrepreneurship in the economy of Uzbekistan and prospects of its development have been discussed in Tashkent within the framework of a conference, dedicated to the celebration of International Women's Entrepreneurship Day.

Members of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, representatives of the Association of Business Women of Uzbekistan ‘Tadbirkor Ayol’, the Cabinet of Ministers, NGOs, women entrepreneurs from all regions of Uzbekistan, and representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations attended the conference.

In his speech, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Stefan Priesner highlighted that growth of a number of women running businesses is important to improve the economy of the country and increase the share of private sector in GDP of the country.

According to him, UNDP is contributing to the improvement of the business environment in Uzbekistan, creation of favourable conditions for businesses, particularly for women's entrepreneurship. UNDP jointly with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other national partners have established “single window” centres on delivery of public services to business entities. Mechanism for assessing the impact of legislative acts on entrepreneurship has been developed jointly with the Government. Progress in the field of optimization of services for entrepreneurs is reflected in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ report, which starting from this year measures the ease of doing business both for women and men.

The UN recognizes the importance of women's entrepreneurship to expand the social and economic empowerment of women and improving the lives of every human being. In this regards, UN member states have recognized gender equality as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

To date, in Uzbekistan, women successfully run more than 120,000 small businesses, including more than 4,500 farms. The country's share of employed women in the economy has reached 45%.

However, despite the recent progress in the field of women entrepreneurship, there is still a room for improvement. Participants of the conference stressed the need to develop women’s business skills, develop their capacities in implementation of investment projects and improve legal knowledge.

International Women's Entrepreneurship Day is a global initiative aimed to support and empower female entrepreneurs around the world. Since 2014, 19th November is celebrated around the globe and at the UN. The conference in Uzbekistan, dedicated to the celebration of this day, was organized by the Association of Business Women of Uzbekistan ‘Tadbirkor Ayol’, the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan (a joint project of the CCI and UNDP ‘Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase III)’).

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