The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 27, to be observed as International Day for micro small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).The maiden edition of the International SME Business Network 2017 breakfast meeting is slated for 27th of June, 2017, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel at 7.30am.
The event which is being organised by Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to commemorate the Day on the theme: “Facilitating economic growth of SMEs through global partnership.” with support from OmniBank,Groupe Ideal and Beige Group.
International SME Business Network 2017 (ISMEBN 2017) is to acknowledge the importance of MSMEs in achieving the new global development goals. This business network will observe and raise public awareness of their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the Assembly adopted in September 2015.
A statement issued in Accra by the Founder of EFG, Mr Sam Ato Gaisie, said the objective of the business network is to connect the Global SMEs with the Ghanaian SMEs for mutual business development and explore the emerging Ghanaian markets.
ISMEBN 2017 is a platform for MSMEs, business and corporate executives to interact, network and do business with foreign investor and Diplomatic Corps in Ghana.It will be dedicated to developing sustainable strategic business alliance and investment priorities to enhance domestic and international business partnerships and also create new opportunities.
It will also provide SMEs with special insights and update of the opportunities and challenges for them to explore and develop ideas, innovations and networks for expansion, growth and explore new business opportunities.. It will be annual dynamic international platforms for SMEs to acquire knowledge, source solutions for business enhancement, find new investors and seize unparalleled opportunities in todays globalize economy.
The statement said: “We are placing an explicit focus on creating new international and domestic business-to-business relationships and commercial openings for small, medium and large Ghanaian companies. The business network will connect Ghanaian businesses into international markets, bringing together the entrepreneurial minds and the best business opportunities.”
Hon. Alan Kyerematen,Minister of Trade and Industry, who is the Guest of Honor and other personalities including Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Hon. Mustapha Hamid , Dr.Nii Kotei Dzani, Mr.Mike Nyinaku, Dr. Mike Agyekum Addo and Mr. Philip Oti Mensah are expected to address key issues regarding micro, small and medium enterprises development in the country. The target audience includes, Ministers of State, foreign and local investors, members of the diplomatic Corps, heads of state institutions ,micro, small and medium Chief Executives.