Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority and University of Management and Technology to hold 1st National SME Conference

Lahore, May 23, 2016 (PPI-OT): 1st National SME Conference, a joint initiative of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and University of Management and Technology (UMT), is being held on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at Lahore. According to SMEDA sources the main objective of the conference is to bring SMEs and researcher at one forum in order to bridge the Industry academia gap. SMEs have a huge potential to accelerate economic development by generating employment opportunities for an increasing workforce and can play an important role in poverty alleviation. The 1st National SME Conference will provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of scientific research in facilitating informed decision making for SME led economic development of Pakistan. Academia and practitioners will present their research papers during the research track of the conference, while in the applied track of the one day conference, the public sector, international development partners and other stakeholders will share their experiences for SME support.

This conference, a first of its kind in Pakistan will focus on the challenges and prospects of SME sector in the country, and furnish recommendations for all stakeholders, in general; and policy makers in particular. It also aims to bring together SME representative bodies, academia, government departments, international development agencies, financial institutions, large-scale enterprises, and researchers. Details of the conference are available at

The School of Business (SBE), UMT and Policy and Planning Division, SMEDA are jointly taking steps to promote scientific research in SME sector. Both organizations are working to developing a strong base for future research in this field. SMEDA Research Journal has already been launched in collaboration with UMT in this regard. The University of Lahore and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) are partners in 1st National SME Conference.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA)
4th Floor, Building No. 3, Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex,
Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-111-111-456
Fax: +92-42-36304926-7