10th Pakistan SME Forum 2016 to discuss industry issues

10th Pakistan SME Forum 2016 to discuss industry issues

ISLAMABAD: (APP) The 10th Pakistan SME Forum 2016, evolved into a powerful platform to debate the longstanding issues of the sector for its desired result, will be held in Karachi on August 23.

The theme of the moot, to be organized by Shamrock Conferences International, will be "Facilitating SMEs Makes Economic Sense" and will feature the sector's pressing topics.

Organized with the cooperation of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) of the Ministry of Industries, the Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) and key stakeholders, the SME Forum 2016 will be addressing the sector's vital issues taken up by the federal government, said a press release.

Menin Rodrigues, Convener of the SME Forum 2016 said, "It is heartening to see that our consistency in highlighting the issues of the SME sector over the past decade is beginning to bear fruit.

"There have been a number of favourable interventions by the SBP to address the issues, in particular, the working of an action plan for the implementation of the National Finance Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).

I am hoping there would be a genuine headway in support of the SMEs in Pakistan."

Zulfikar Thaver, President UNISAME and Chairman of the Capacity Building Working Group of NFIS Technical Committee, and also a member of the Consultative Group of the 10TH Pakistan SME Forum 2016, said, "The positive attitude of the Finance Ministry and the State Bank of Pakistan is a clear indication of the progress being made in addressing important issues of the SME sector; and conferences such as the Pakistan SME Forum, gives a precise understanding and direction to what we want to achieve in the dialogues."

The topics to be covered during the forum will include among others, capacity building of the primary sector, cottage industries at grass-roots levels, banking, leasing, insurance and logistics facilities and technology advancements.

Promotion of modern systems of farming, cultivation, irrigation and harvesting will also be debated.