LAHORE: Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Yaseen Anwar will be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the 7TH Pakistan SME Conference 2013 organized annually by SHAMROCK Conferences International www.shamrockconferences.net on September 19, 2013 at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. The SBP Chief will also be delivering the Keynote address.
Several key organizations besides the State Bank of Pakistan SBP, Commercial Banks, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority SMEDA, Business Support Fund BSF of the Ministry of Finance, Lahore Chambers of Commerce & Industry LCCI, IFC World Bank and Union of Small & Medium Enterprises UNISAME will be participating in the conference which now serves as a bench mark to address issues and pressing needs of the SME sector in Pakistan.
The SBP has emphasized the importance of the SME sector in the development of nation’s economy. SME’s access to finance needs to be enhanced as number of these small enterprises have to rely primarily on credit facilities from informal sector because of number of demand and supply side issues.
Experts in the SME sector have stressed the need to fast-track implementation of the SME Policy which envisages establishment of institutions of finance, trade promotion, facilitation and guarantees.
The demand for an SME Chamber of Commerce, an export house, technical institute, ombudsman, venture capital fund, credit guarantee insurance are some of focal points that require the attention of the government to uplift the SME sector.
Eminent speakers and representatives of several subsectors of the SME sector in Pakistan will be dilating on subjects that range from regulatory issues, difficulties in SMEs access to finance, banking services, taxation, transportation of goods, power and energy issues, and security concerns. A special session on women entrepreneurs is also carded in the program which will be addressed by leading businesswomen from the Punjab, including the Chambers and SMEDA.
Participants may register at the conferences website at www.shamrockconferences.net