Alliance Contributes to UNCTAD 2012 Expert Meeting
Andy Penaluna, Former Chair of Enterprise Educators UK recently represented the Enterprise Alliance at the United Nations third and final ‘experts’ meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. With six key strands being developed, the main aim is to help all countries around the world to improve their capacity for enterprise and entrepreneurship. These strands are Regulatory Environment, Education and Skills, Innovation and Technology, Access to Finance, Awareness and Networking. When put together, the UN describes this strategy as an ‘Enterprise Ecostructure’.
Educational enhancement strategies include how to improve the educational platforms on which formal learning takes place. Dr. Colin Jones of the University of Tasmania supported Andy’s call for improved international governments’ recognition of the value of enterprise educator networks.
Throughout the three-day event guest speakers ranged from Dr. Charles Wessner, an economic policy expert from Washington to cleaning services entrepreneur Sapphira Nyabunwa of Uganda, who gave a heartfelt plea to delegates to ensure that their policies were effective and well considered. As Enterprise Alliance colleagues know, Andy is currently working for EEUK as an advisor to a Macedonian team who are enhancing their own educators network, so he was especially pleased to hear the presentation by the Macedonian Minister of Information Society, Ivo Ivanoski, with whom he also had further talks. Macedonia has one of the youngest ministries in the world and is acknowledged to be one of the most pro-active countries in terms of enterprise development strategies, so EEUK is pleased to be working with such innovative thinkers.
Following closing remarks from a number of ambassadors, the UN’s Chief of Entrepreneurship, Fiorina Mugione, explained how over the next few months the United Nations Conference for Trade and Industry’s Entrepreneurship Section (UNCTAD) would be reviewing the thoughts of their final meeting and developing implementation guidance for the UNCTAD Entrepreneurship Policy Framework. Andy’s comments, we have been assured, will feature in the documentation that is being developed.