Westminster International University in Tashkent in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Business Women Association “Tadbirkor Ayol” delivered a one week training session focusing on Enhancing Women's Economic Empowerment in Uzbekistan. The training took place at Westminster International University in Tashkent on 3-15 July, 2017.
The main goal was to promote female entrepreneurs' and managers' understanding according to latest trends in business related issues through a high level, structured training. After completion of the course, it was expected that participants would learn to run their business more effectively, to expand their career path in administration, and to build business network.
The training program covered such topics as: “How to conduct market and consumer analysis?”, “How to run business successfully?”, “How to recruit and motivate employees”, “How to turn an idea into a business ?”, “How to manage finances effectively?. A group of 50 individual female entrepreneurs from different regions of Uzbekistan were divided into two groups. They received training in different subject areas including management, marketing, financial management and human resources management. All training sessions were held in Russian and Uzbek languages. On the 6th day of the training, participants prepared presentations and discussed the skills and knowledge they have gained and how they would apply new skills in business environment.
The second group of female entrepreneurs was trained from 10th to 15th July. The advanced program included two optional modules and it also included a meeting with business representatives who shared their experience and leadership secret.
After each training representatives of WIUT, OSCE and Association of Business Women held a certificate giving ceremony and discussed the plans for the future.
Participants shared their impressions:
Karimberdieva Dilbar Ziyatdinovna, Karakalpakstan
I came from Karakalpakstan, where I work in tourism and travel industry for 20 years. I own a family-owned campsites in southern region of Karakalpakstan. They are located near the cities of Turtkul, Beruni and Kustan. We have 16 yurts decorated in traditional style to help our guest to experience traditional Karakalpakastan culture. Our service include accommodation in yurts, food and national shows. During these seminars I discovered new research methods, analysis, financial management and preparation of business plan. Generally, the course was not only very interesting but also very useful. I would very much like to thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity to participate in this workshop .During the lectures I started to ask myself questions I have never asked before. These questions were about doubts, risks, competitors, market competition, and finding business opportunities and e.t.
Muydinova Dilfuza Bokhodyrovna, Ferghana region
I run a beauty salon and the wedding dress studio. It is already a second year I have my business and I am still in the beginning phase of it. Without basic knowledge in business management, we – female entrepreneurs make mistakes. Facing these challenges we close our small business. I am used to think that I know everything about running the business and managing human resources but it turned out that I know may be 10% of all of this. I gained a lot from these seminars. I widen my knowledge in management, HR management, and accounting. Now I can plan my business and probably continue my entrepreneurial activities in different spheres.