The first International SME Convention organised by
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises concluded in New Delhi on 24th April.
160 SMEs from 39 countries participated in the three
day event where issues of international best practices on SME development and
cooperation, global business opportunities for SMEs, problems faced by women
entrepreneurs were discussed, says a release.
Poland, with 15 SMEs, had the largest delegation,
followed by Uzbekistan with 8 SMEs and Ghana with seven. Four hundred SMEs from
India also participated.
23 agreements were signed between SMEs of India and
SMEs of UK, Russia, Uzbekistan, Poland, Bhutan, Austria, Czech Republic,
Cameroon and Sri Lanka. These agreements are in 12 sectors: food processing,
agriculture, textiles, defence, ammunition, waste management, dairy products,
coal, jewellery, health care and education. Four foreign SMEs have also signed
expression of interest for entering into joint ventures with Government of
In his address during the Valedictory function the
Secretary M/o MSME Dr. Arun Kumar Panda said that the ministry has planned to
set up a Digital Trade Desk aimed at furthering more collaboration between SMEs
of India and other countries and for exchange of data. He also said that another
mega international event is being planned in a few months. He also
said that going by the success of the Convention it is planned to make it an
annual feature with 79 countries already showing interest to participate in the