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Central Asia: CLDP Hosts Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group Meeting


On March 14-15, 2022, CLDP hosted a virtual meeting of the Central Asia Regional Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group gathering over 72 expert-level government officials and private sector women representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, OECD Development Center, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and Enterprise Georgia. The meeting focused on best practices in (1) streamlining and simplifying government processes for business registration; and (2) improved government data collection and disaggregation methodologies to encourage the creation of evidence-based policies tailored to facilitate women’s active participation in the formal economy. The meeting furthered CLDP’s continued efforts in Central Asia to strengthen public-private dialogue around overcoming barriers to women’s economic empowerment, thereby supporting the creation of gender-responsive trade and economic reforms and activities in Central Asia.