.CAREC Institute research on the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Georgia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan looks at how MSMEs coped with the pandemic to explore lessons for policymakers in the CAREC region.

Given the importance of the MSME sector to the countries studied, the CAREC Institute commissioned this report to look specifically at how smaller firms coped with the pandemic and see what lessons can be learned for policymakers in the region. This report is based on a survey conducted for1,145 firms across Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia over the period of December 2020 to January 2021, nine months after the imposition of pandemic restrictive measures by national governments, giving enough time to properly gauge how MSMEs coped with business disruptions.

Click here to access the research study on the CAREC Institute website.

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting economic cooperation in Central Asia and along the Silk Road through knowledge generation and sharing. The Institute is headquartered in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the People’s Republic of China (PRC).