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Launch of the GIM Regional Report in Belarus

A presentation of the GIM Regional Report “Business Solutions to Poverty – How inclusive business models create opportunities for all in emerging Europe and Central Asia” took place on March 1, 2011, at the National Press Center in Minsk, Belarus. The Report is the first one, where the concept of inclusive business models is applied to the Europe and Central Asia region. The Report has been prepared based on 19 dedicated (specially commissioned) cases conducted in countries of the region (including Belarus), containing specific examples of profitable business, which at the same time positively impacted population and environment.

“I believe that this Report will serve as an advocacy tool for private businesses, government agencies, civil society organizations and other development actors to work together to encourage growth and higher standards of living in Belarus”, noted Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus. The Belarusian experience in providing medical services to people in need was presented by Mr. Vladimir Karpovich, the Joint LLC “Mobile TeleSystems” Director General. Within the framework of the UN Global Compact, the MTS Company initiated a project on promotion of telemedicine (“distant medical services”) in small towns and rural areas. Thus a mobile equipment complex “Cardian-PM” has been procured and installed at the Ratomka district hospital to ensure “mobile” transmission of electro cardiograms for expert analysis to the Minsk central district hospital.

“Business is quite actively developing in the capital and regional centers of Belarus, which, at the moment, is not typical about small towns and rural areas”, stated Alexander Likhachevsky, Director of Department on Entrepreneurship of the Belarus Ministry of Economy. “It is a lengthy process, which would require both creation of infrastructure and changing perception of promotion and development of entrepreneurship, pursued by people in the field. So, the activities carried out by UNDP in order to develop private businesses in remote areas contribute to implementation of plans that the government envisaged in this sphere.”

Please click here to download the press release, and here to watch a TV report on the launch event (in Belarusian).

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

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.

GIM Launches Regional Report in Moldova

On February 2, 2011, UNDP organized a full-day workshop dedicated to the launch of its regional Growing Inclusive Markets report Business Solutions to Poverty – How inclusive business models create opportunities for all in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. The report is based on empirical evidence from 19 specially commissioned case studies on existing inclusive business models in the region. As such, it constitutes a valuable knowledge and advocacy tool addressing the key barriers and solutions to achieving more inclusive business models in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

The workshop was organized at the Academy of Economic Studies of the Republic of Moldova and was attended by over 50 participants, representing entrepreneurs, various Ministries and Government officials, academia, NGOs, business incubators, and experts from UNDP Moldova and the Bratislava Regional Center. During the course of the event the Business Solutions to Poverty report was introduced to the stakeholders and policy dialogues were held regarding the development of inclusive business models in Moldova, existing constraints, opportunities for partnerships and involvement of all relevant actors.

The workshop created a platform for private-public dialogue, which resulted in the identification of problematic areas and concrete recommendations for development toward inclusive business in such areas as tourism, agriculture and ICT. The momentum created by the event will be supported by involving the key stakeholders in policy debates, organizing series of roundtables and further dissemination of the concept of inclusive business models. As a result, the launch of the Business Solutions to Poverty report may be seen as a crucial step toward not only raising awareness for inclusive markets, but also laying foundations for the creation of sustainable inclusive business models in Moldova.

Click here to download the press release.