Punjab Minister Industries, Trade and Investment Sheikh Alauddin would be the chief guest at the inaugural session of the two-day 2nd SME Conference-International being organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) on Wednesday(today) in collaboration with University of Management and Technology (UMT).
Federal Minister Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi would address the conference at concluding session. SME experts from USA, UK, Turkey, Japan, Italy, Malaysia, Netherland, Germany and China will attend the event. .
SMEDA Chief Executive Officer Sher Ayub while describing thematic areas of the conference said hat basic theme of the conference this year is “Catalyzing SME Growth through Research”. Under this theme, the conference will deliberate four sub-thematic areas; “Developing a Conducive Business Environment”, “Local and International Market Development for SMEs”, “Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development”, and “Access to Finance”, he added and hoped that the conference’s recommendations would be helpful in influencing policy reform and supporting the creation of a robust, best practice SME ecosystem in Pakistan.
He said the conference is going to provide a platform to stakeholders including academia, researchers, SMEs, public & private sector representatives as well as international development agencies to share their experiences. Over 50 research papers from around 15 national & international universities were received for the conference; however, only 12 of these have been selected for presentation in the conference.
This is, but a reflection of the high standard that the conference maintains, he said and informed that besides a number of international delegates, speakers from 40 public and private sector organizations would be joining the conference as speakers, SME experts and panelists from across Pakistan.