MINISTERIAL ROUND TABLE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY POST-COVID-19

20 Oct 2021
15:00-17:00

MINISTERIAL ROUND TABLE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY POST-COVID-19

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

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 policy initiatives that could help countries and micro small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) surmount the current crisis and lead them towards 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, the use of digital technologies has meant lower costs, greater access to markets, better coordination, higher integration and productivity gains.

While many industries have suffered, some have experienced growth since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include enterprise technology services, home entertainment, telemedicine, medical equipment suppliers, e-commerce retailing, e-learning, cybersecurity, and sanitary product manufacturing, among others.

Both the efficiency gains from the acceleration in digitalization and the shifts in the growth potential of industries have implications for policies to promote entrepreneurship and support MSMEs in developing countries.

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 experiences and to envisage strategies to deal with the effects of COVID-19 crisis on MSMEs and the entrepreneurship sector.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What policies can help MSMEs overcome the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? 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?
  • How 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 entrepreneurship skills development and promotion?

Event Manager: Mr. Alexandre Dabbou
Contact email: Alexandre.dabbou@unctad.org