The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized United Nations organization that supports its developing country member states to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development, in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 9. In Pakistan, UNIDO supports government, businesses and other organisations to achieve: productive and resilient MSMEs; solutions for climate, resources and environment; inclusive and responsible value chains and business; and strategic policy for industrial transformation (www.unido.org). The global COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide lock down brought manufacturing and much of the economy in Pakistan to a stand-still, leaving many businesses, particularly Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in crisis. MSMEs reported concerns to address the many challenges that have popped up to return to business in terms of employee safety, sales, supplies, manpower, operations and finances. To help MSMEs navigate their way to restart, recover and revitalize business, UNIDO with input from its partners, put together this knowledge and collaboration platform to bring MSMEs back to business
Support and empower your people to create a successful and versatile business. Previous working habits require overhaul to prevent COVID-19 contamination risks. You will need to get former staff and new entrants work together efficiently, by developing their skills, improving and optimizing their workplaces, and consolidating their operational procedures. Communication and trust are essential to get collaboration going.
An insight to the industry as how other resources such as machinery, raw material, supply chain, logistics, material stocks needs to be managed adequately which is essential for business continuity. It will provide checklists, guidelines, global best practices, informative videos, SOPs and other related resource materials and useful web links. The lack of business and sales during lock down period stopped your business income whilst some expenses continued. This caused a cash crunch in your business. Scrutinize and prioritize your ongoing and planned expenses and incomes to stabilize the cash flows of your business. Explore whether you need additional working capital and how you could mobilize such. Review your business model to make it more agile and profitable for the future.
Whilst managing business resources, operations and cash flows is necessary to reestablish your business, its growth and revitalization require more, particular in the current uncertain and rapidly evolving economic, societal and health scenario. To get ahead, engage your teams, to systematically explore business opportunities, proactively seek and obtain information, assess and take calculated risks, set goals with action plans, and monitor and review your progress. The investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) activities, particularly research and development (R&D), is a key driver of economic growth. Such activities are helping to address the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 health crisis but they can also assist in the economic recovery once the virus has been contained. It would provide further information on how to develop new business models and implement organizational changes to absorb short-term shocks, and ensure long-term viability and growth. This section may include some relevant resource materials and global practices in relation to changing business models , bringing innovation in businesses and fostering research and development to cope with the current crises.
“Pakistan secured 7th position out of 109 countries at the UNIDO ITPO Global Italy Competition - "Global-call-innovative-ideas-and-technologies-vs-covid-19-and-beyond". Indeed a matter of great honour & depict resolve of people to deal with Covid-19”
There is a need to pursue efficiency in every part of your business to earn more from losing less in your operations. Are your workflows efficient in the context of new COVID-19 workplace requirements? Can you do with less material, energy or water and generate less waste, effluents and air emissions? Do you use production data effectively? Practice lean manufacturing and resource efficiency, review your industrial monitoring and automation and instil continuous improvement as the norm for your business.
It is imperative to make occupational health and safety a priority for your business as, after all, healthy and motivated people will be more productive and loyal to your business, helping you to succeed. Use the need for COVID-19 preventive measures as a starting point for systematically reviewing risks to worker health and safety, and manage and minimize these and their possible impacts through prevention, protection and preparedness.
UNIDO DIY Guidelines for medical protective clothes and masks
UNIDO released a publication “DIY Solutions for medical protective clothing and masks” that provides a detailed explanation regarding classification, application and production technologies for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as medical protective clothes and masks, as well as the quality requirements they should meet. This initiative entails dissemination of practical knowledge concerning the most recent technologies used in PPE manufacturing that is aligned with the quality requirements approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the debate around the COVID-19 vaccination campaign unravels around the world putting into question its potency and durability, constantly ensuring access to high quality PPEs remains a major challenge in many low- and middle-income countries where demand is still outstripping supply availability. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent waves of export restrictions and lockdowns, many PPE producing companies and suppliers have been forced to shut down or significantly reduce their output. In this context, UNIDO provides step-by-step do-it-yourself solutions for small scale medical protective clothes and mask manufacturing. This publication was intended as a hands-on pocket guide that would be helpful in selecting durable, resistant and safe materials and efficient production techniques that comply with WHO regulations, thereby helping to control the spread of highly contagious viruses, including COVID-19. Download the publication in English For more information contact Farrukh Alimdjanov (F.Alimdjanov@unido.org)
The usual demand for your products and services may not immediately pick up as your customers have also been put in crisis. Assist your customers to get back into business and show your relevance for their success. Explore options to create additional and new demand, including, as appropriate, by adapting your offer of products and services. Review your options to achieve timely payments to keep your cash flows going.
Focusing on ensuring communication and engagement of stakeholders that influences different industrial sectors and SMEs businesses in general during and post pandemic. This section will provide an information on how the stakeholders for different industrial sectors including the public and private sectors , chamber of commerce and industry , industrial associations are developing effective strategies to absorb the economic shocks affecting industrial sectors such as Textile , Auto Parts etc. Our business can only survive with the essential inputs, at the right time, quality and price point. This may no longer be possible from your established suppliers as they may not yet be back in business or their supplies cannot reach you due to national or international movement restrictions. Assess and debottleneck your supply chains to locate alternative inputs and suppliers and review contracts to lessen the burden on your company's cash flows. The section may highlight the information in relation to stakeholder consultations , key decisions and strategies to revive the businesses and information regarding the ongoing activities at different forums such as industrial associations, Chambers , Business council.
The section will be providing information on government policies and fiscal incentives such as SBP financing schemes to revive or continue businesses by ensuring cash flows and liquidity. The section may include the useful links to SBPs financing schemes for SMEs, Guidelines by MoIP , SOPs issued by Government for business continuity.
The global COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide lock down brought manufacturing and much of the economy in Pakistan to a stand-still, leaving many businesses, particularly Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in crisis. MSMEs reported concerns to address the many challenges that have popped up to return to business in terms of employee safety, sales, supplies, manpower, operations and finances. To help MSMEs navigate their way to restart, recover and revitalize business, UNIDO with input from its partners, put together this knowledge and collaboration platform to bring MSMEs back to business