Poverty and unemployment are endemic in Tajikistan, exacerbated by the legacy of a difficult post-1991 transition, the civil war, recurring natural disasters, poor infrastructure, lack of high quality education and access to finance. Lack of innovation and technology reduces the competitiveness of Tajik business. Many young men migrate to Russia to find employment, which creates serious problems for family life. Tajikistan has one of the youngest populations in the world, and it is of crucial importance that their potential is build and used. Research conducted by EFCA has shown that many young people are hesitant to open their own business as a means to providing income because of a lack of knowledge on how to start a business as well as on how to attract finance or because they simply have not considered the option. Furthermore, the potential of women in the country is insufficiently used, as they face significant barriers to employment. The Tajik business sector – through interaction with foreign businesses – can play a crucial role in helping to overcome problems of poverty, economic exclusion, and social dislocation.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
The event will be celebrated during the whole week and not only one day as it is used to be. Learning from other countries that it should be continuous during whole week which further brings more leverage to the event.
GEW 2015-Tajikistan will follow 3 main objectives
1) Create awareness in Tajik society about entrepreneurship, its importance, its value for the economic growth of the country
2) Get involved in the event all major stakeholders and decision makers in government and Tajik society communicating that entrepreneurship is the solution for the development of the country
3) Set up pillars and background to make this event regular for the next coming years that it should be celebrated without external support and funded by business community and government
Under the program the following activities have been implemented and held:
• In Khujand, a round table on the topic "Entrepreneurship - an innovative view of the economic development" was held with participation of representatives of regional and local authorities, international and business organizations, entrepreneurs, banks and universities.
• In Kulob and Khorog, sessions of "Speed Mentoring" were held with the participation of professionals from the financial and business sectors, entrepreneurs, employers and the state employees.
• The International Entrepreneurship Forum was held in the capital of the Republic of Tajikistan. This high-level event was attended by representatives of the State Committee on Investments of RT, the US and British ambassadors to Tajikistan, invited foreign guests from 10 countries.
• Women's Business Forum and Exhibition of business products were held with the participation of women, businessmen, entrepreneurs, business associations, local and international investors, artisans and others.
• Organized 3 study educational tours to Tcell, Finca and the Sheraton Hotel for students
1000 booklets with the agenda of GEW 2015 had been printed and distributed among youth, entrepreneurs, business associations, international organizations and business companies, and others.
• Flash banner with the GEW 2015 advertising was placed on the most visited site of TJ e-zone
• Site of the GEW 2015 was created
• More than 2,000 people became the participants of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Tajikistan,
• It was organized and held 15 events
• More than 100 organizations participated in the event,
• 18 articles published in the local media,
• Reports and videos about the GEW 2015 are shown on the state TV channels
• 3 banners were printed and placed on the activities of the GEW 2015
• 30 volunteers were recruited to assist in activities