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Central Asia: CLDP Conducts the Regional Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group Meeting


On November 1-2, CLDP, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Business Facilitation Program and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Gender & Economic Inclusion, led the Central Asia Regional Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group (WEE) meeting. The meeting gathered private sector women representatives from all five Central Asian countries and focused on the development of a set of recommendations on (1) the benefits of online information portals and Single Windows for entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment in Central Asia; and (2) overcoming gender-related constrains to achieve inclusive economies by ensuring that governments in the region develop and adopt gender-responsive legislation and policies that provide better access to grants, loans, financing, skills development, and other relevant resources for women. Ultimately, CLDP, on behalf of the Working Group, will present the recommendations at the next meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council, for consideration and adoption.