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Workshop to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector between IORA Member States

  • Theme of Event

    Trade & Investment Facilitation

  • Venue
    New Delhi, Republic of India
  • Date
    19 – 20 Jan 2017

SMEs are an emerging area of focus within IORA which has a key aim of facilitating trade and investment.

 SMEs were identified in the Second IORA Ministerial Economic and Business Conference (EBC-II) held in Dubai, UAE in April 2016 where Ministers and Heads of Delegations from 13 countries agreed that SMEs require greater support and facilitation (for the full report see Participants noted that SMEs constitute more than 90% of all business enterprises in the world and provide nearly 70% of global employment.

The workshop identified implementing an MOU for cooperation amongst IORA SMEs would provide multiple benefits: Member States would be able to encourage and provide an appropriate platform to their SMEs to interact with each other, acquire appropriate technology and explore trade and investment opportunities. The workshop also identified key areas for regional cooperation including building linkages and alliances amongst SMEs and key stakeholders; exchanging best practices, policies and programmes; promoting SMEs in the global supply chains; increasing market access; promote youth and women's economic empowerment and synergies with the IORA Business Forum.

Objectives of the SME MOU Workshop were to:

  • Promote a conducive business environment to expand the SME Sector;
  • Enhance the competitiveness of the SME Sector;
  • Devise and implement development support program for SMEs;
  • Provide market access and business opportunities in IORA Region;
  • Organise capacity-building workshops and training programs;
  • Encourage synergies with IORBF; and
  • Promote women’s empowerment programs.