International forum showcases Tajik innovations

  On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of ‘Entrepreneur’s Day’, the International Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 was held on 15 October at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, under the theme ‘Development of Entrepreneurship and Investment and Contemporary Economic Trends’.

 More than 2,000 people attended the forum, including representatives of the country's legislative bodies, members of the Government of Tajikistan, heads of investment project implementation centers, senior representatives of international financial institutions and members of diplomatic missions in Dushanbe. Also attending the event were the development partners of Tajikistan, Tajik diaspora, representatives of 21 countries and domestic entrepreneurs. Prior to the forum, an exhibition was organized where domestic entrepreneurs and more than 50 local producers showcased their products and highlighted innovations in various fields.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, opened the forum with an address to the gathering, wherein he highlighted the important aspects of the country's economy, including the development of entrepreneurship and investment, and the modernization of economic processes as part of globalization, information and innovation technologies and the need for greater joint efforts of the international community for the rational use of opportunities and resources. He also touched on the role of modern economic processes in increasing the effectiveness, by ensuring transparency, quality, and range of goods and services in general, and sustainable development of the national economy.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan, Pratibha Mehta, the Regional Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Neil McKain, the Regional Director for the International Finance Corporation, Cassandra Colbert, Chairman of Seoul Machinery, Won Hee Kim, and Vice President of FIVES Group, Jean-François Legrain, delivered speeches during the launch part of the forum.

The aim of the forum was to provide a variety of opportunities for improved dialogue between entrepreneurs and investors, regarding the innovation entrepreneurship development, improvement of economic reforms and attraction of foreign and domestic investment in Tajikistan.