ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 27, 2011) - The Department of Trade and Industry announced on Monday the holding of SME Summit next week at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.
It said the July 7 summit is one of the highlights of the weeklong SME celebration and is expected to be a landmark event in shaping the country’s small and medium enterprise agenda for the next five years.
Regional Trade Director Nazrullah Manzur said the summit, whose theme “Pinoy SME, Business Tayo!” is a rallying call for support to the SME Development Plan from 2011 to 2016.
“The plan embodies the aspirations, goals and strategies of the government for the accelerated development of the country’s SMEs during the next five years,” Manzur said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
He said President Benigno Aquino is expected to deliver the keynote address during the summit where the SME Star Presidential Award will also be launched.
The summit features a series of plenary sessions on the four pillars of SME development - Business Environment, Access to Market, Access to Finance, and Productivity and Efficiency, he said.
There will also be free training programs for budding entrepreneurs.
“Interested participants to the summit and to the training programs may get in touch with the nearest DTI Field Office for details on pre-registration or for more information,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner)