UCA - USAID Convene Roundtable on Entrepreneurship in Southern Kyrgyzstan; “Giving Entrepreneurs a Voice in the Future of Southern Kyrgyzstan” report released

Date: 12 July 2011
Other languages: Русский язык |

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 12 July 2011 - On 12 July 2011, the University of Central Asia (UCA), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, convened a "Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan," with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Roundtable marked the release of the UCA report Giving Entrepreneurs a Voice in the Future of Southern Kyrgyzstan. Based on interviews with over 125 entrepreneurs from the South, the USAID-supported report captures entrepreneurs’ perspectives on opportunities and barriers to business development in the country’s southern region. Throughout the interviews, entrepreneurs consistently pointed to the challenges of human resources and the labour market; access to finance; cross-border trade and logistics; and government - business relations as preventing the expansion of small business.

The Roundtable featured a panel discussion with three of the entrepreneurs originally interviewed for this study. Nurbek Kannazarov, Aidarbek Amatov, and Abdurashit Halmurzaev discussed the challenges highlighted in the UCA report and their individual recommendations for business expansion. Paul Forrest, Senior Agricultural Advisor for USAID, also spoke on challenges and opportunities for agribusiness development in the South.

The audience of nearly 75 who actively participated in the discussions was comprised of a diverse representation of all levels of government, the diplomatic community, business, experts and civil society representatives.

Introductory comments were given by Mr Zhantoro Satybaldiev, Director General of the State Directorate on Reconstruction for Osh and Jalalabat Oblasts and Mr Carey Gordon, USAID Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic. Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General, delivered the concluding remarks.

Giving Entrepreneurs a Voice in the Future of Southern Kyrgyzstan is one of several UCA initiatives focused on the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic development in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Through UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), UCA has provided training in the areas of microfinance, entrepreneurship, and professional and vocational training in cooperation with state institutions. In addition to locations in Naryn and Bishkek, UCA plans to launch an SPCE Learning Centre in Osh in 2012.

The report is available in Russian, English, and Kyrgyz online (View Report).


The Aga Khan Development Network
His Highness the Aga Khan is founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for social development is US$ 500 million. In Kyrgyzstan, close to 1,000 people, most of who are local citizens are directly employed by AKDN and its various agencies.

The University of Central Asia
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 by the Governments of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. The International Treaty establishing this private and secular University and its Charter were signed by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Presidents the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan and registered ith the United Nations.

For additional information, please contact:
Katarina Czarniak
Development and Donor Relations Officer
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: +996 312 910 822 ext. 603
Fax: +996 312 910 831

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