The importance of scientific research in facilitating informed decision making for economic development of a country cannot be over emphasized. Across the globe, the development sector is increasingly relying on evidence based solutions, for formulating policies and designing initiatives for sustainable growth and development. For developing countries, however, the biggest challenge in this regards is deficiency of mechanisms to collect the required data; and lack of expertise to analyze it for developing policies and projects. In short, developing countries lack a strong research culture.

The case of Pakistan is precisely the same. Our economic landscape is dominated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), yet there is relative neglect in academic and research institutions of the country in scientifically studying the unique characteristics and challenges of the SME sector and consequently devising solutions for various stakeholders.

SMEs constitute 99% of economic establishments, contribute 40% to GDP, add 25% to manufacturing value added and provide 78% of non-agriculture jobs in the country. There are no two opinions, among policy makers, that SME sector needs to be strengthened as an engine for sustainable economic growth, and initiation of SME focused research is a key step towards this end. There is also wide agreement that instigating such a culture invariably calls for collaboration of industry, academia, government, and development agencies.

SME Conference is a step towards this direction. The conference will bring together SME representative bodies, academia, concerned government departments, international development agencies, financial institutions, large scale enterprises, and researchers. It will underscore the challenges and prospects of SME sector in Pakistan, and furnish declamations for all stakeholders, in general; and policy makers in particular.

We welcome case studies, empirical and conceptual scholarly contributions related to SME Sector of Pakistan. It may include any topics/issues related to SME sector of Pakistan.Read more...

Research Track

Session – I
1 Empirical Evaluation of TOI for KM – Dr. Iftikhar Kotli
2 Entrepreneurial Orientation & Firm Performance – Asghar Iqbal
3 Tech Adoption in SMEs – Mehwish Zafar 
4 User Acceptance Aspects & Standards of E-Commerce Websites – Emmen Farooq 
Session – II
1 Analysis of HR Practices in SMEs – Mustabsar Awais & Mariam Tanveer
2 Effect of Social Networks,Entrepreeurial Orientation & Domestic Alliances on Financial Performance of SMes – Muhammad Noman Ahmad
3 Highlighting Benefits of Lending Relationships between SMEs & Lenders in Balochistan – Nadeem Uz Zaman
4 Relevance of Agency Conflicts in SMEs – Farzan Yahya
Session – III
1 Analyzing Interaction among factors Hindering SME Growth – Dr Naveed Iqbal
2 Apparel Export SMEs in Pakistan – Mahwish Khan
3 Cluster Development in SMEs – Rakhshan Ummar
4 Conflict Management – Amna Irfan
5 Determinants of SMEs Business Success in Pakistan – Muhammad Tufail
Session – IV
1 Financial Information & Decision Making in Small Family Owned Business – Naintara
2 Self-sustainability of SME Banks – Abdul Rafay
3 SMEs and Input-output Tables of Pakistan – Dr. Irfan Ahmed
4 SMEs in Pakistan – What we have learned from Missed Opportunities – Dr. Mohammed Nishat
5 Why SMEs are Reluctant to Comply with Taz Laws – Moazzam Ali

Experts Track

Session – I
(Venture Capital for New Start-ups)
1 Philanthropic Venture Capital – Akhuwat
2 SME Performance – Indus Ventures
3 Third Presentation on Investment Law
4 VC Investment
Session – II
(Role of Large Scale Enterprises for SME Development)
1 Role of Apna Bank in Agri – SME Development – Dr. Arshad Hashmi
2 Pakistan Ordinance Factories – Past, Present, Future – Syed Naseem Raza
Session – III
(Role of International Development Agencies in SME Development)
1 Role of the World Bank in SME Development – Mr. Gabi Afram
2 UNIDO’s Interventions for Industrial Development in Pakistan – Mr. Ali Yasir
3 JICA’s Program for Promo/on of Industry and Improvement of Investment Climate – Ms. Yuko Enami
4 Karaandaz; Introduction & Overview – Ms. Mehr Shah
Session – IV
(Role of Government in SME Development)
1 Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform’s Initiatives for SME Development – Mr. Almas Khattak
2 Role of State Bank of Pakistan in SME Development – Mr. Imran Ahmad
3 Role of SECP for SME Development – Mr. Shehbaz Sarwar
4 Pakistan Institute of Development Economics & SME Sector Development – Mr. M. Ali Kemal
5 Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) – Mr. Naveed Sheikh

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