600 join MSME summit

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MORE than 600 participants are expected to attend in the first National Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit, set to open today until tomorrow, at the SMX Convention Center Davao of SM Lanang Premier.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 officer-in-charge Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi, in an interview with reporters on Monday at the opening of the Great Mindanao Food Fair at the Abreeza of the Ayala Malls, said there are 500 who have already confirmed attendance to the two-day event which will be participated in by industry leaders, government officials, MSMEs and other stakeholders.

The event is spearheaded by the National MSME Development Council and the DTI.


This year's theme is "Philippine MSMEs: Beating Challenges...Accelerating Innovations."

Trainings and seminars on preparing the MSMEs for the global market and the Asean Economic Community in 2015 have been lined up for the participants who will be coming over from across the country.

Some of the presentations and seminars in the summit are: Priming Industry Clusters for AEC 2015, Innovative Local Government Unit Support to MSMEs, Micro-Finance Program, Financing MSMEs, Fresh and Processed Foods - Strengthening the Philippines as Food Basket, and Furniture and Crafts Galore - competitiveness thru creativity, ingenuity and innovation.

Topics will be discussed by industry experts like International Women's Coffee Alliance Board of Trustee member Princess Kumala Elardo; Beti's Crafts Inc. proprietor Myrna Bituin; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Inclusive Finance Advocacy Staff head Pia Bernadette Roman Tayag; Agdao Multi-purpose Cooperative CEO Melissa Alado; and Human Nature CEO Dylan Wilk, among others.

The event is aimed at informing the MSME's and MSME Development Councils on vital development concerns or challenges; presentation of opportunities, programs, and projects that will support MSMEs on business environment, access to finance, access to market, and productivity and efficiency; and presentation of MSME Best Practices and success stories.

The Updated National MSME Development Plan for 2014-2016 will also be presented during the event.

DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo will give the keynote message in today's opening while Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" A. Aquino IV will be speaking on the second day and present the Go Negosyo Bill.

Also in line with the summit are the following side events: the Mindanao Crafts and Cultural Village at the activity center of SM Lanang Premier on August 20 to 24 and the Great Mindanao Food Fair at the Abreeza, which opened on Monday and will run until Sunday.

National MSME Development Council vice chairperson and private sector representative Mary Ann M. Montemayor, during the event's press launch last June, said the back-to-back side events aim to promote and market products in the crafts and food sectors of some 100 MSMEs and open market opportunities for participating MSMEs through buyer-producer linkaging or matching.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2014.


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