KAGİDER President Sanem Oktar at 12th SME Summit: “More women entrepreneurs should be included in public procurement”

KAGİDER President Sanem Oktar participated as a speaker in the 12th SME Summit entitled “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”, which is organized by Turkish Foundation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Freelancers and Directors (TOSYÖV), The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization of Turkey (KOSGEB) on April 27th-28th in Istanbul. Keynote speakers of the meeting were Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık, TOSYÖV President Yalçın Sönmez, KOSGEB President Recep Biçer and the Governor of Istanbul Vasip Şahin. Sanem Oktar, spoke at the first session entitled “Improvement of Regulatory Framework for Entrepreneurs”. She emphasized the importance of public procurement for development of women entrepreneurship. Oktar said: “Public bodies should buy more from women entrepreneurs. Public procurement accounts for over 30 % of GDP in developing countries. However, women entrepreneurs have been largely excluded from this sizeable market due to lack of access to information on bids, understanding of procedures and ability to meet requirements. To be effective, governments must tailor their procurement reforms accordingly.”