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British Embassy co-organises Women in Business Week

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More than 100 women representing small and medium enterprises in Karakalpakstan participated in a number of educational activities

The Women in Business Week concluded in Nukus today. More than 100 women representing small and medium enterprises in Karakalpakstan participated in a number of educational activities held on 3-5 June. The Women in Business Week was organized by the British Embassy in partnership with the Karakalpakstan Branch of the Business Women’s Association of Uzbekistan.

A two-day master-class from one of Britain’s best trainers on business start-ups and management was a key activity of the week. Participants of the master-class learned how to start a business and become successful entrepreneurs. They also learned to overcome barriers in business and use marketing tools for selling products and services in the market. They learned how to work with clients, conduct business negotiations and become effective managers. The master-class modules were interactive to help participants to understand better business theories through practical exercises.

Another important event of the week was the round table; ‘Business Woman: How to achieve success in business’. Keynote speakers at the round table were women managers working for British companies in Uzbekistan, such as mining company Rio Tinto, brewing company Carlsberg and the British Council. They shared their personal experience in building careers and they advised on developing essential business skills. Ms Alison Beckett, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, spoke about the role of women in modern British society and business. Ms Nazira Elibaeva, Executive Director at the Karakalpakstan Branch of the Business Women’s Association, delivered a presentation on activities of her organization designed to support development of women entrepreneurship.

The week ended with training courses on floristry and tailoring of modern clothing which were conducted by representatives of leading Tashkent flower shops and ateliers. Training participants learned how to set up a manufacturing process in such enterprises and the secrets of running such businesses and the promotion of similar products in the market.

At the closing ceremony Ms Alison Beckett said:

I ve been delighted to return to Nukus this week and work with so many motivated and talented women. The Women in Business Workshop developed from a germ of an idea during discussions with the Women’s Business Association last September and I’m glad that together we have been able to turn this discussion into a practical outcome. I wish all the participants every success in taking their business ideas forward and look forward to hearing about how they have gone from strength to strength in the future.

Summing up the results of the week, Ms Nazira Elibaeva said:

The Women in Business Week was an interesting and useful project, which we successfully implemented in partnership with our British partners in interests of more than hundred beneficiaries. I am confident that knowledge gained during the weekend will help women just starting their business to believe in their abilities to run it successfully, while experienced business women will be able to look at possibilities of business development, increase of its effectiveness and profitability from a different angle. The project is our contribution to development of women entrepreneurship in the region. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with the British Embassy and implementing other joint interesting projects in the future.