Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, School of Business and Economics ink deal for Collaborative Research on SME

Lahore, February 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and University of Management and Technology’s School of Business and Economics have joined hands for carrying out collaborative research for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in a ceremony held at the University of Management Technology. Chief Executive Officer SMEDA, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry and Dean School of Business and Economics – UMT, Dr. Rukhsana Kaleem, signed the MoU on behalf of their organizations.

Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry speaking at the occasion highlighted the lack of credible data and evidence based research that was required to support policy-making institutions in their pursuit of development of SMEs. He also shared that with the help of such government-academia linkages, SMEs across diverse sectors of the economy would benefit from valuable knowledge resources created in the areas of economic policy, finance, trade and business development services.

Dr. Rukhsana Kaleem highlighted the role of research and knowledge creation that could complement SMEDA’s initiatives for development of the all-important SME sector. She also oriented the participants of UMT’s inter-disciplinary research approach and its internationally qualified Phd. faculty supervising the research initiatives.

It was mutually agreed that actionable research undertaken, as part of this collaboration would be advocated across various tiers of economic and SME support institutions including the Government, key Ministries and international development partners. In this regard, the two organizations would hold joint conferences, symposia and training programs.

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
Email: aligohar@smeda.org.pk, helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk

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