Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority launches move to collect opinions and suggestions from stakeholders

Lahore, March 27, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has launched a move to collect opinions and suggestions from SME sector stakeholders in order to reposition SMEDA’s role in SME development of Pakistan.

According to SMEDA sources, in the first phase, general entrepreneurs, academics and SME sector experts were approached through mass media. Whereas, in the second phase, all chambers of commerce and industry, trade and industrial associations, DFIs, investors forums and academic institutions are being approached to have their suggestions.

A letter being sent by CEO SMEDA Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, along with a brochure bearing four major questions, has urged the SMEs to extend their suggestions at for larger economic interest of the country.

The questions relates to repositioning of SMEDA in Pakistan’s SME sector, priority sectors required to be focused by SMEDA and creation of entrepreneurial spirit amongst fresh university graduates, especially women. The SMEs have also been asked how the SMEDA can be more effective in starting new businesses and expanding the existing enterprises.

This is notable that SMEDA is now days busy in redefining its role and strategy to support SMEs. In this regard, development of a “Five Years Business Plan” of SMEDA is underway, which is being worked out in consultation with key stakeholders of the potential SME sectors.

A series of consultative workshops have been held in chair with SMEDA CEO on various sectors including Information Technology, Fisheries, Logistics, Horticulture, Textile, Gems and Jewelry, Construction, Light Engineering, Dairy and Livestock, Energy, Mines and Minerals, Energy and Tourism.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: 111-111-456
Fax: (042) 6304926

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