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Transforming Sustainability into New Business Opportunities (KAZAKHSTAN)

On November 04, 2021 a live training workshop “Transforming Sustainability into New Business Opportunities. Enhance Kazakh small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) capacity to access sustainable public procurement and broaden their markets” was held under the project “Enhancing sustainable public procurement (SPP) for the regional transition to inclusive green economy in the Eastern Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia (EECCA)” funded by the United Nations Development Account.

The seminar was initially designed to inform its participants about the importance of SPP for the target countries within the Eastern Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia (EECCA), as well as help master the potential of enterprises capable of supplying products and services that meet sustainability criteria. Such a powerful potential as public procurement encourages product manufacturers to innovate, produce environmentally friendly products and use the energy of renewables. The experience of countries that have implemented green public procurement shows that the introduction of environmental criteria can lead to such positive results as: reducing air pollution, removing the most harmful substances from production, increasing the percentage of waste recycling, reducing the amount of waste in production, increasing the share of renewable energy, etc.

The event’s participants included the representatives of SMEs interested in the issues of SPP, circular economy and resource efficient and cleaner production, as well as, the representatives of the Ministry of Finance, UNEP and national experts.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Yerlan Seitov, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Procurement Legislation and Quasi-Public Procurement Sector of the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Kazakhstan, said “The introduction of sustainable development elements into Kazakhstan’s public procurement system should be an argument for public policy to support decarbonisation of the economy and minimize the negative impact on the environment and improve the quality of life of the population.”

Afterwards, Mr. Farid Yaker, Programme Officer, Economy Division, UNEP, took the floor and noted that already 33 nations around the world are actively working to implement sustainable public procurement and are tapping into a potential that ranges from 1 to 15% of GDP in various countries (about $7.5 trillion per year). “If even a small fraction of that like 5-10-15% can be made green, we will have a significant impact on the climate and environmental crisis. When we talk about SPP, we’re not just looking at the company making the purchase, but the preparedness of the other company that can bid on SPP,” summarized Mr. Farid Yacker.

Mr. Andrii Vorfolomeiev, Director of the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre (Ukraine) in his welcoming speech thanked the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan and the UN Environment Program, which are the “agents” of sustainable procurement not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the EECCA region. “Sustainable public procurement, along with energy efficiency, waste and chemicals management, and rational water use, is an important component in the country’s transition to a green economy. The introduction of energy efficiency in Kazakhstan’s industry is an example for many countries in our region.”

In the main part of the seminar Mr. Johannes Fresner, the international technical expert of the RECP Centre, made a presentation “SPP as a modern approach to efficient production and consumption”, in which he elaborated on the SPP services, products and criteria and, importantly, focused on the prospects of public procurement in the future. A very important component of Mr. Fresner’s speech was information about the circular economy practices and their benefits. The speaker also spoke about the environmental management system, how SPP provides enterprises with an attractive position in the market and demonstrated examples of eco-labelling.

The next speaker Mr. Kuanysh Baltabaev, Head for OJL EcoJer, informed about the readiness of the Republic of Kazakhstan to implement SPP, the country’s priorities for sustainable development related to ecology and “green” economy, the strategy “KAZAKHSTAN-2050” and the Strategic Development Plan until 2025. Mr. Baltabayev also presented the concept of Kazakhstan’s transition to a “green economy” and the system of public procurement regulation in the Republic, as well as analyzed the level of sustainable public procurement. The speaker concluded his report with recommendations, which should be taken into account by the Republic of Kazakhstan to develop national capacity for SPP implementation.

Mr. Ivan Omelchuk, the RECP Centre’s expert, concluded the main block of the seminar with his presentation “Enhancing SME’s SPP readiness: possibilities, applications, and procedures”. His presentation was one of the key ones among others. He provided the results of a survey of manufacturing companies about their attitudes towards SPM, the factors for selecting sustainable suppliers, the criteria for evaluating a product or a service, familiarized the audience with comprehensive information about the product life cycle and how it can be calculated, etc.

At the end of the event, Mr. Andrii Vorfolomeiev offered another presentation on “Introduction to free expert advisory service to help SMEs improve their SPP readiness”. He informed about the UNEP, which is actively supporting countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia in developing their national capacities for sustainable public procurement, about the project “Enhancing sustainable public procurement (SPP) for the regional transition to inclusive green economy in EECCA” funded by the United Nations Development Account. Among other things, he mentioned about the RECP Centre (Ukraine) which will assess the enterprises in Kazakhstan. The assessment will analyse various aspects of your company’s sustainability level in relation to its production processes (environmental, social and economic factors) and products (ability to meet sustainable procurement criteria) to measure your preparedness for the criteria of sustainable public procurement.

Overall 56 participants attended the seminar, gender aggrigation 45% females to 55% males.

*The workshop was carried out within the frame of the Project “Enhancing sustainable public procurement (SPP) for the regional transition to inclusive green economy in the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA)” funded by the United Nations Development Account.