Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Conference Begins Today

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The Ministry of Commerce & Industry— with support from the Government of Japan, International Finance Cooperation, International Trade Center, USAID and other partners—will host the second annual national Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference and trade fair.

Speaking to journalists at his Ministry of Commerce and Industry office on Ashmun and Gurley Streets, the Minister, Mr. Axel M. Addy, said this year’s conference would benefit business people and the country at large.

The conference will showcase its secrets to success, network with big local regional and international investors, and explore unique opportunities for small businesses in Liberia.

The theme for this year conference is “From Vision to Implementation: Buying Liberian, Building Liberia”—and this year’s spotlight will be focused on the ‘Agribusiness Experience in Liberia.’

The conference will showcase made-in-Liberia cotton and artisanal cloth from Lofa County, production of domestic cassava and rice, as well as goods and services from a range of other sectors.

The MSME week will take place from April 28- May 2, and highlight key policy activities that promote all things made in Liberia, namely: hosting the Liberia Entrepreneurial Exchange Round Table; launching the Liberian marketplace store; facilitating the Liberian experience through the arts for the promotion of intellectual property and announcing the first project under the Liberia innovation fund (LIFE).

The conference will also focus on the launching of the Entrepreneur Plus (E+) program showcasing the most innovative entrepreneurs in the nation.

The MSME conference will take place at the Monrovia City Hall on April 29 and 30.  It will include thematic plenary sessions on policy opportunities for MSME in the areas of: Access to Finance and Access to Markets, with multiple breakout sessions to allow more detailed discussions.

During the conference, a number of qualified and merit-selected Liberian businesses will exhibit their products and services at the made-in-Liberian trade fair.

The conference will highlight a roadmap to MSME policy and how it can help grow the MSME as well as promote networking between stakeholders for strategic business connections.

There will be key business training and tools for MSME to run its daily operations and lesson in best-business practices from regionally active business leaders as well as take the opportunity to compete in the first national business competition.

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