September 30, 2020
On September 30, 2020 the online meeting took place between the representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken".
In response to unofficial request of the Kazakh party, JICA Kazakhstan Field Office in partnering with JICA Kyrgyz Republic Office and JICA OVOP Project in KR planned to set up a session to study in the first place the lessons learned and the challenges that had appeared during the project implementation in the territory of Kyrgyzstan, taking into consideration the socio-economic development of Kazakhstan and many other differing aspects.
According to the Chairperson of the Business Women Council at the Presidium of NCE "Atameken", Ms. Lazzat Ramazanova, OVOP Project is to be regarded as an important tool of women's economic empowerment in the rural areas.
The Chief Advisor of JICA OVOP Project in Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Akihisa Haraguchi, gave the lecture on the 15-years' project history with a focus on the regional economic development with local women involvement. He described the work of Brand Committees in the regions, certification of manufactures, sales points and strategy.
Ms. Nargiza Erkinbayeva, CEO of the Public Interest Corporation "OVOP+1", explained the mutually advantageous collaboration of her organization with OVOP Association consisting of 2600 manufacturers. She shared the main points of quality and production control, local products development, motivation of producers and statistics of annual sales.
In the end of the meeting, all parties showed interest in further continuing discussions on how to develop the Kazakh approach to rural development basing upon the best practice of OVOP Project in Kyrgyzstan.