A webinar on the topic of increasing the export potential of Turkmen companies and the role of corporate social responsibility and labor rights in attracting international partners was held within the framework of the projects “Safe Migration in Central Asia” and “Entrepreneurship and business development in Central Asia”, funded by USAID, in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Office of the Ombudsman of Turkmenistan, other government agencies and private sector companies, as well as the US Ambassador to Turkmenistan.
In his opening speech, Matthew Klimow noted: “Turkmenistan’s drive to expand exports creates a need for greater awareness among legislators, trade representatives and private sector actors about the demand of international buyers for product quality and certification.”
During the discussion, international speakers presented strategies to increase the export of Turkmen products using generally recognized international standards for the comprehensive assessment of enterprises’ activities.
USAID’s Safe Migration in Central Asia project is being implemented in four Central Asian countries. The project is working closely with local government agencies and the private sector to improve migration procedures.
USAID’s Entrepreneurship and Business Environment Development Project in Central Asia is being implemented in five countries. Its goals are to increase the competitiveness of local enterprises, create new jobs, and increase the income of the employed population.