The competitiveness of many emerging economies, particularly in Central Asia, is being hampered by underdeveloped value chains despite the region’s rich trading history.
Limited access to finance, insufficient infrastructure, missing links between larger companies and local suppliers and a lack of understanding of market opportunities pose particular constraints. Moreover, the increasing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards across supply chains is putting additional pressure on suppliers.
Helping businesses to enhance the added value of their goods and services, improve their standards and access new markets is essential for more competitive and resilient economies and economic growth.
The panel brings together representatives of private-sector companies, supply-chain financiers, international experts and governments to explore how to address the main challenges companies are facing when trying to better integrate into supply chains.
- Melinda Crane, International Moderator and Correspondent
- Rud Petersen, Chief Financial Officer, Korzinka
- Tornike Zirakishvili, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Georgia
- Paolo Monaco, Director Financial Products, SME F&D, EBRD
Parvaiz Dalal, Managing Director, Global Head of Payables, Citigroup