Advising for Better Business
23 May 2000
BONN: Kazakhstan's Caspian region is rich in natural resources, but rising sea levels have caused flooding of old oil well heads and wastewater pollution in the Caspian Sea. As a result, the land that the people could have used for farming has been devastated. Local residents have been left in need of alternative sources of income to make a living. In response, UNV and UNDP have linked up with the private sector to set up a Business Advisory Centre to provide training to micro- and small-business owners. And to assist these budding entrepreneurs with start-up funds, a microcredit facility has been introduced at the local level. The idea is to spark investment and job creation to get the economy moving.
A United Nations International Short-Term Advisory Resources (UNISTAR) adviser made two trips to the region in 1999 to support the Government in developing plans to invest profits from oil for vocational training and environmental protection. The adviser also worked with his longer-term UNV colleagues to design a workplan for the Atyrau Sustainable Development Centre, which promotes community participation in health and social services.
In 1999, UNISTAR missions have assisted businesses in other regions:
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