Photography: Sergei Gapon for UNDP in Belarus

Minsk, November 10, 2020 – The results of the Call for Initiatives on Entrepreneurship Development have been announced. Eight cluster initiatives and 25 socially important initiatives became the winners. A total of 177 applications were submitted to the Call.

In Biaroza, Brahin, Žlobin, Kobryn and Lida districts, the initiatives will be implemented to carry out joint activities of geographically localized businesses that may further form a cluster. The implementation of these initiatives will contribute to improving the competitiveness of SMEs in industry and agriculture, wood processing, food production, IT and tourism.

Socially important initiatives will assist to address a number of social problems of vulnerable groups: children with special needs, people with disabilities, youth, women living in rural areas, and others. The focus areas of the initiatives include green and agricultural production, IT and services in the transport, education, medicine, tourism and leisure and entertainment sectors.

“We are glad to note that many participants of the Call demonstrated innovative approaches to choosing their business ideas. We are convinced that the implementation of the winning initiatives will not only contribute to economic growth, but will also introduce fundamentally new business models that can later be used in other regions of the country,” commented Irina Babachenok, Deputy Head of the Regional Development and Property Relations Department / Head of the Property Relations Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus.

“We believe that the winners of the Call will set an example of entrepreneurial activity, launch new enterprises, and will also contribute to the inclusion of vulnerable groups in the active economic and social life,” said Dirk Schuebel, Head of the European Union Delegation to Belarus.

“Small and medium-sized enterprises need even more support during the crisis. Innovative cluster and socially-oriented initiatives supported by UNDP and our partners will contribute to sustainable local development,” said Alexandra Solovieva, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus.

The complete list of winners with a brief description of the initiatives is available at https://bit.ly/2U9TiKj.

The Call for Initiatives on Entrepreneurship Development was held within the Project “Support to Economic Development at the Local Level in the Republic of Belarus” funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus.

For more information, please contact Nadzeya Sinelnik, Project Communications Specialist, by email at nadzeya.sinelnik@undp.org

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