How an artisan can become a successful exporter?
Can I export leather products? Where and how can I get loan for start-up capital? How to register family based enterprise? Can I hire additional workforce if I’m an individual entrepreneur? These and other questions were discussed during the interactive training in Namangan and gathered more than 30 artisans and entrepreneurs of Namangan Region.
The training was organized by the UNDP Project “Aid for Trade” in partnership with Namangan Branch of Khunarmand Association in order to improve business knowledge of artisans and individual entrepreneurs. The experts from the Regional Department of the Ministry of justice, Tax Committee, Customs Committee and Microcredit Bank explained specifics and provided updates on changes in official registration procedures and requirements, taxation, engagement in foreign economic activity and financing options for individual entrepreneurs and family based enterprises.
The format and topics of the training were shaped based on the recommendation of participants of the two previous seminars organized by the UNDP Project together with Namangan Branch of Khunarmand Association to raise awareness of the artisans on existing options for trade development. Ikrom Karimov, the head of the Khunarmand Association Branch, noted that before the seminars only few artisans were exporting, and after obtaining detailed information on regulation and declaration requirements for handicraft products export, the number of artisans, who successfully exported their products increased. If prior to trainings only handicraft knives were exported, after the trainings exports included traditional woodwork, and the number of artisan exporters increased from one to four.
"In Uzbekistan very favorable conditions for the development of handicrafts are put in place in the form of simplified registration procedures as an individual entrepreneur, assigning official "craftsman" status, which gives tax exemption and benefits for social contributions. The artisans, however, quite oftendue to simple unawareness, do not fully realize the existing opportunities " – says Adham Kuchkarov, project manager of UNDP. That is why increasing the knowledge of artisans about existing favorable conditions and opportunities for trade expansion has been identified as one of the priority areas of cooperation between the UNDP project and the Branch of "Khunarmand" Association.
"The seminar - training was very useful for me in the sense that I was able to learn about opportunities for obtaining preferential loans for start-ups and conditions for collateral" shared her opinion Nozima Ergasheva, who is engaged in the production of individual garments.
Training participants, divided into three groups, identified important recommendations for development of handicrafts in the areas of attracting additional labor (apprentices), organization of a family enterprise and improving entrepreneurial skills. In order to promote trade and create convenience for shoppers, a proposal was made to establish crafts shop at one of the central location in Namangan.