GULNAZ KADYROVA ABOUT WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
On 1st November Manama held The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF). Gulnaz Kadyrova, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade took part in it. She reported, why one should participate in Women in Industry session and told about women’s empowerment in that sphere.
WOMEN’S ROLE IN ECONOMY AS VIEWED BY WORLD COMMUNITY
According to Gulnaz, women’s empowerment in economy contributes to sustainable economic growth and industrial development. World community demonstrates keen interest in the topic.
Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit, held on 28th March 2017 by UAE is a bright example here. Over 1200 industry experts from 50 countries met at the summit to specify new ways of industrial development and discuss women’s role in the sphere.
The following GMIS will be held in Yekaterinburg in July 2019 as a part of the 10th International Industrial Exhibition INNOPROM-2019.
INNOPROM has the highest growth rate among all the Eurasian exhibitions. It is also the main Russian industrial forum. GMIS and INNOPROM 2019 collaboration will become an efficient instrument of international collaboration concerning industrial development. Together they make a one-of-a-kind discussion platform that will help solving global industrial problems. The summit will also demonstrate women’s industrial potential at its best.
WOMEN’S MOST POPULAR FIELDS OF ACTIVITY
This year the Government of Russian Federation enacted the National Strategy for Women. At its framework, Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade researched women’s status in industry.
It turned out, that women prefer socially important spheres, such as production of rehabilitation goods, sports goods, musical instruments, baby goods, folk artistic crafts goods, etc.
RUSSIAN BABY GOODS INDUSTRY
There are more than 1200 enterprises and over 300000 working places in Russian baby goods industry. Moreover, women head 4 out of 11 associations of enterprises in the sphere.
Gulnaz Kadyrova supposes the state is to provide baby goods of perfect quality. According to Russian Federal State Statistics Service estimations, there are 29 million potential customers in the sphere only in Russia, which is the number of children and teenagers in the country. More than 80% of Russian baby goods’ export goes to EAEU countries, Germany, Austria and Finland, more than 20 countries in total.
Russian Ministry of Economic Development alongside with Russian Export Center are planning to include baby goods industry in the agenda of Industrial International Cooperation and Export priority project.
At the end of 2017, the Strategy of Rehabilitation Industry Development by 2025 will be implemented. Its main target is to create a competitive and sustainable industrial sector of rehabilitation goods manufacturing.
The strategy involves annual exporting growth of Russian rehabilitation goods. The estimated income of such export by 2025 equals 4.5 billion roubles.
According to experts, more than 200 Russian small and medium business organizations work in rehabilitation industry. The strategy will contribute to the sphere’s innovation.
UNCOMMON NICHES OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Gulnaz Kadyrova highlighted the fact that women also work in atypical spheres, such as aviation, engineering, radioelectronics or pharmacy.
Women make 44% of Russian aircraft industry and half of them are workers. However, women occupy only 25% of all leading positions in the sphere.
62% of medical and pharmacy industries’ staff are women. They also make 69% of directors there.
Research and meetings of women-bosses brought out the main problems of women in the sphere:
1) labour protection (the list of jobs restricted for women exists);
2) demand for skilled staff;
3) demand for social package (not all enterprises compensate medical expenses).
The Government of Russia alongside with NGOs fund women projects, educational programs, workshops and entrepreneur contests. They also help women exhibit their works and promote it via internet.
Industrial Development Fund also contributes to such support. It was organised for the sake of development, creating new manufactures and maintaining import substitution. The Fund co-finances innovative projects on preferable terms.
Industrial Development Fund have already received 2006 requests. 264 were approved with the total sum of 64 billion roubles. Such projects will help real economy raise 96 billion roubles worth of investments and create 15000 working places.
Such initiatives contribute greatly to the development of global women’s community.
Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov