Enabling entrepreneurship policies and skills facilitation


Based on UNCTAD’s Entrepreneurship Policy Framework, activities under cluster 1 aim at incorporating policy responses for MSME resurgence, including capacity building for policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance policy response, implement standards and to develop longer term strategies of entrepreneurship and MSME promotion. The exchange of best practices is facilitated by the regional networks of policy makers developed by the MSME Resurgence project. They play a key role in enabling capacity building in policy formulation for entrepreneurship and MSME development and in developing and implementing standards and best practices.

In the area of entrepreneurship skills, the project is delivering capacity building activities in collaboration with UNCTAD’s network of Empretec centres and experienced International Master Trainers. Online training platforms and demand-driven, customized tools, including a full online version of the Empretec Training Workshop- are being built. The activities build on more than 30 years of Empretec’s implementation and its impactful results, they aim at quipping entrepreneurs and MSME owners with behavioural based tools  as a way of fostering their motivation to start new ventures, expand their businesses and to better cope with the short-term and medium-term challenges brought by Covid-19. A second capacity building component on the informal cross-border trade is delivered by UNCTAD with focus on the challenges faced by women.

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Knowledge hub - Policy measures, tools and practices on the MSMEs resurgence

The Enabling Environment Toolbox is a free open-source, multi stakeholders’ on-line platform for policy makers, legislators and MSMEs entrepreneurs. The toolbox is a collection of resources related to legal, taxes, crises management, supporting community, state aid, and legislations for MSMEs.

E-learning course - Policymaking: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

The course is designed for supporting policymakers and practitioners to understand the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship and its impact on sustainable development

Asia-Pacific MSME Policymakers Network

The Network is an experience-sharing and coordination mechanism for MSME policymakers in the region. It represents a key two-way communication mechanism between ESCAP and its Member States for ongoing and future work.

Webinar series on the role of entrepreneurship policies in the resurgence of the MSME sector

The webinars aimed at raising awareness of the role of entrepreneurship policies in the MSME resurgence and of UNCTAD's Entrepreneurship Policy Framework. Bridging gaps between theory and practice is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, public policies are the formal means for landing obligations embeded in legal frameworks, as well as those voluntary commitments from different sources at the national and international level. Policies allow the cohesion and articulation of strategies to undertake concrete actions with impact on the collective welfare. 

MANARA - Smart search engine

MANARA is a smart search engine that links and references all existing documents to MSME related themes in order to support Governments and UN Country teams with relevant background information