The new coronavirus pandemic is having unprecedented impacts across the globe, especially on human health and economic activities. In this context, Governments are intensifying their efforts to combat the global spread of COVID-19 by enacting various measures to support public health systems, safeguard the economy and to ensure public order and safety.
Likewise, entrepreneurs have looked for creative solutions to keep their activities afloat, addressing different challenges they are experiencing. The downturn in the global economy following this huge sanitary and health crisis represents unprecedented challenges, but will provide opportunities as well.
The objective of this virtual discussion is to identify and analyse the main impacts of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs and MSMEs, their reactions, as well as the support they have received to face the current situation.
Discussions will provide an opportunity for an intermediate impact assessment of the disruption, would help to identify a set of priority policies and measures for immediate basic re-opening measures for small business-owners, in order to facilitate resurgence, and develop a longer- term social and green economic recovery strategy where the entrepreneurship and MSMEs play a central role leaving no one behind.
1) How has COVID-19 affected the global and regional agricultural value chains and how have entrepreneurs and MSMEs responded to the crisis?
2) How can small entrepreneurs and MSMEs in agricultural sector integrate and contribute to the foodtech revolution?
3) What policies and measures can governments implement to promote sustainable agricultural production and sustainable agricultural value chain?
4) What are the key challenges and good practices to be considered to strengthen the role and productivity of the MSMEs in agriculture and food industry? What capacity building programmes are
available in this regard?
The webinar series will also help to raise awareness of challenges on post COVID-19 resurgence of MSMEs and share practices on how they could
be addressed to facilitate the role of entrepreneurship and MSMEs in the green, sustainable social and economic recovery.
The event is open to all and is targeting relevant entrepreneurship stakeholders, with a particular focus on the following groups:
- Public sector officials;
- International organization;
- Representatives from the private sector, including MSMEs;
- The academia;
- Civil Society representatives.
For the 4 webinars that constitute the series, just one registration is needed. For those participants who do not manage to register before the first deadline, the registration page will be open for registration before each webinar.
Participants who want to receive a certificate of participation from UNCTAD and UNITAR need to fulfil two criteria:
a) Have participated, at least 75%, in the 4 virtual webinars (To be measure by the system)
b) Pass a multiple-choice quiz, at least 75%.
Note: Just those participants who have succeeded the first criteria will receive information to access to the quiz. Once that participants have approved it, then they will receive access to print their own certificates