Message by President, WASME

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASMEs) is organizing its Annual International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises (ICSME) on “Achieving inclusive and sustainable industrialization by promoting SMEs” 30th November- 1st December, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

Since its inception in 1985, WASME has been taking this legacy forward has successfully organised 20 ICSME in different countries including Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Romania, etc.

ICSME is not just an international conference but is a catalytic tool that provides a global platform for the global SME community to engage, exchange and experience the latest advancement, best practices and have global consultations to shape the development agenda for SMEs across the globe.

ICSME brings together many policy makers, ministers, diplomats, international experts, academicians, entrepreneurs, leaders from UN and other international Agencies related to SME promotion and enables them to strengthen the international cooperation for further SME development in their region.

The 21st edition of ICMSE 2017 conference aims at fulfilling our one of the fundamental mission to enable SMEs to be more competitive, environment-friendly, socially responsive, culturally sensitive and ethical in their business practices by integrating SME development agendas with the Sustainable Development Agenda propounded by United Nations.

I thank you for coming together in spirit and I am confident of your active participation in the conference for beneficial partnerships that will transmute into commitments to help nations create enabler business environment for their SMEs.

I wish all the success to the organizers and participants.

Alhaji Babale Umaru Girei

Message by Secretary General, WASME


World association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) is pleased to invite you all to our 21st International Conference on SMEs (ICSME) to be held from 30th November- 1st December, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

In line with the momentous adoption of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that landmark effort for providing a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all, ICSME 2017 is themed around “Achieving inclusive and sustainable industrialization by promoting SMEs” that aims to align the SME development goals with the core objectives of sustainable development: Economic, Social and Environmental.

As we all will agree, that the larger issue of sustainability of SMEs is concerned with finite resources that are fast dwindling. The demand for goods and services are increasing every day. Considering the momentous role played by the SMEs, access to sufficient resources are enormously significant to sustain their business life cycle. In order to achieve the goals of sustainable development, we have to make SMEs more economically responsible so that they can effectively contribute to the socio-economic well-being of their respective country.

ICSME emphasizes on “Small Business, Global Impact” that highlights the key role of small business in generating global impact on the sustainable development. Thus, we endeavour to engage leading stakeholders from across the globe, in open and thought-provoking dialogues concerning SME development initiatives around with a focus on the need for SMEs’ to align with SDGs through responsible business practices.

ICSME 2017 will encompass a mix of informative plenary sessions, parallel sessions and in-depth discussions besides exhibitions that will run concurrently with the conference.

With a vision of promoting SMEs to adopt sustainable business practices, I, on behalf of WASME, extend my personal invitation to all of you to participate in the ICSME 2017 and be part this global revolution.

Gyan Prakash Agarwal