MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY POST-COVID-19 [VIRTUAL]

20 Oct 2021
14:30-16:30
VIRTUAL

MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY POST-COVID-19 [VIRTUAL]

This virtual event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2). Abu Dhabi, UAE time is 2:00 hours ahead of Geneva, Switzerland.

The UNCTAD Ministerial Roundtable on Entrepreneurship will bring together international experts and leading authorities from the public and private sectors to discuss the future of entrepreneurship policies in a post-COVID-19 resurgence.  Experts will share practical experiences and discuss new areas of policy initiatives that could help countries and micro small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) surmount the current crisis and help lead them into a long-term green, inclusive and resilient recovery in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the COVID-19 crisis many entrepreneurs have had to look for creative solutions to keep afloat. For many of them, the growing use of digital technologies has meant lower costs, greater access to markets, better coordination, higher integration and productivity gains.

Many industries have experienced growth since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include enterprise technology services, home entertainment, artificial intelligence, robotics, telemedicine, hospitals, medical equipment suppliers, e-commerce retailing, e-learning, courier pick-up and delivery services, cybersecurity, and sanitary product manufacturing, among others.

Taking place in this context, the Ministerial Roundtable will provide a forum for international experts and leading authorities from the public and private sectors to share their experiences and envisage strategies to deal with the effects of COVID-19 crisis on MSMEs and the entrepreneurship sector. In particular, the Roundtable will seek to provide ideas on post COVID-19 employment recovery and re-opening businesses that were forced into lockdowns.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What policies can help MSMEs overcome the effects of COVID-19 such as macro policies for unemployment alleviation and re-opening of closed businesses. What is the role of regional and international cooperation?
  • What institutional changes are necessary to accommodate and improve on the innovations that occurred during the pandemic?
  • Has the pandemic affected MSMEs’ access to finance? Can increased digitalization help provide alternative sources of finance?
  • Will COVID-19 reshape global supply chains, and what can entrepreneurs do to adapt? What policies can help improve market access (both domestic and international) for MSMEs?
  • What will the increased use of digital communication technologies (zoom, social media, teleworking, etc.) mean for employment skills development? Lessons learnt from the UNCTAD EPF 2.0 Revision and Empretec programme.

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