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Training for employees of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan

In August of this year, two gender-sensitive trade facilitation trainings were held in Balkan and Lebap velayats for employees of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan (SCST).

The trainings were held within the framework of the "Ready4Trade Central Asia" project implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC) and funded by the European Union. The project is aimed at increasing opportunities for participation in international trade for small and medium-sized enterprises headed by women. The training was attended by 46 employees of the Balkan and Lebap customs.

The trainings were conducted by two SCST staff trained at the ITC regional training.

During the training, the participants received information on gender equality in cross-border trade, identifies opportunities for potential changes and considered a number of issues faced by women entrepreneurs.

According to one of the coaches, the understanding of gender perspectives in cross-border trade and the role which civil servants can play in creating a more stable trading environment  is very important.

The conduct of such trainings became possible thanks to cooperation with government agencies, business associations and representatives of the private sector in Central Asia. There is an increasing demand for gender-responsive activities in the area of trade, especially cross-border.

Rustam Alymov, National Project Manager of ITC in Turkmenistan:

- Addressing gender issues in cross-border trade is essential for the economic empowerment of women as workers, family members and consumers of goods and services. New global research confirms that trafficking benefits women for several reasons. First, trade openness can improve the well-being of women: as companies grow and become involved in international trade, they can hire more employees and thus hire more women. Trade also contributes to the creation of better jobs for women, while increasing wages and improving economic equality. First, trade openness can improve the well-being of women: as companies grow and become involved in international trade, they can hire more employees and thus hire more women. Trade also contributes to the creation of better jobs for women, while increasing wages and improving economic equality.

In the future, a similar training is planned for the staff of the Ashgabat SCST.

The Ready4Trade Central Asia project is a joint initiative of the European Union and the International Trade Center.
Its goal is the overall sustainable and inclusive economic development of Central Asia by stimulating intraregional and international trade. The beneficiaries of the project "Ready4Trade Central Asia" are the state and public institutions, small and medium enterprises as well as enterprises headed by women and the organization of support and business development in the countries. The project operates in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.