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Launch of the International Center for Private Sector in Development and the Regional GIM Report for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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March 11, 2011
Istanbul, Turkey

During a high profile event held on March 11 in Istanbul, Turkey, the UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, officially inaugurated the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), established in collaboration with the Government of Turkey, while the Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe & the CIS, Ms. Kori Udovicki, officially launched the first GIM regional report, Business Solutions to Poverty – How inclusive business models create opportunities for all in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

The event was attended by over 100 private sector representatives, academia, government officials as well as civil society representatives, and featured presentations from 4 companies successfully implementing inclusive business models, all of which have been documented as GIM case studies:  Mr. Burak Küçükerol from Hey Textile (Turkey), Mr. Andrey Kren from Vitmark (Ukraine), Ms. Galina Cicanci from Rural Finance Corporation (Moldova) and Dr. Jamshid Parvizian from Saraman (Iran). Click here to download the launch event agenda.

The event followed a workshop on inclusive business in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, organized in collaboration with the Koc University and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). The workshop included a detailed presentation of the report findings and analysis of some inclusive business models from the region, as well as small group discussions on potential inclusive business models in Turkey, major constraints, potential solution strategies, key partners and recommendations. Click here to download the workshop agenda.