Lebanese Republic

Roundtables

 

Women entrepreneurship roundtable

 

As part of the SME Action Plan 2017 launched in March 2017 by H.E. Raed Khoury, the SME Unit at the Ministry of Economy and Trade has been conducting a number of roundtable events to address challenges and identify solutions for problems faced by SMEs in Lebanon.

 

Adoption of a national SME definition

Since Quarter 2 2017, the Ministry of Economy and Trade has been holding expert-level meetings to discuss a proposal for a national definition of small and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon. Representatives of relevant sectors have been invited over several rounds in order to create an inclusive definition that covers all aspects of the economy. Future steps include submitting a draft law to Parliament.

Discussion of local and international NGOs' needs and opportunities for MSMEs

On April 11th, 2017 and in partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Economy and Trade has held a discussion event to identify gaps, needs and challenges in addition to discussing targets and new guidelines as they relate to livelihood sector programs and activities, particularly within the scope of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP).

Mapping Women Entrepreneurship interventions and actors within the SME ecosystem in Lebanon

On October 19th, 2017 and in partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Economy and Trade has held an initiation roundtable to launch a series of similar events on the topic of Women Entrepreneurship in the country. This first event has aimed at mapping challenges facing women entrepreneurs in the Lebanese economy as well as tracking existing initiatives created by various stakeholders, and coming up with recommendations to improve the business environment for women entrepreneurs.  

Legal ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurship in Lebanon

On November 12th, 2017 and in partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Economy and Trade has held a roundtable to tackle the legal barriers in the ecosystem preventing women from developing their businesses. The objective of the roundtable was to discuss ways to improve the ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurship more specifically in terms of legal barriers that were identified in the previous roundtable event, with the aim of finding tangible solutions and coining recommendations and suggestions.

Building linkages with the Private Sector within the scope of LCRP

On Friday April 20th, 2018 and in partnership with UNDP and the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Economy and Trade has held a roundtable on the subject of building linkages with the private sector within the scope of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP). Topics have included: how to build linkages between vocational trainings and the private sector; how to select and approach private sector companies; and how to achieve win-win and incentivize private sector businesses to engage in Livelihoods activities.

 

PDF Files
Recommendations on Women Entrepreneurship
UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017
Recommendations on building linkages with the private sector

 

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