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Towards the 11th INSME Annual Meeting
The INSME Association is delighted to announce its 11th INSME Annual Meeting on "Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth" taking place from the 26th to the 28th of May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, co-organized by OSIBA Management (INSME Board Member).
The INSME Annual Meeting will be held for the first time in its history in the African continent and it will be even more memorable thanks to the contemporary celebration of the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the democratic Government's seminal small business development policy and in conjunction with the first President's Conference on Small Business, dedicated to former President Mandela.
The event will bring together decision makers, BSOs, financial actors, various representatives from industry and academy to seed new collaborative initiatives through the exchange of experiences, best practice approaches and project opportunities.
The dedicated website of the 11th INSME Annual Meeting will be available very soon, in the meantime please block your agenda!
The INSME Secretariat together with OSIBA Management is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa.
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Trade finance is essential for International trade, but despite this importance the understanding of the trade finance in Africa is under explored because of the data scarsity, in particular data concerning the size of the market, the variations across sub-regions, the scale of financing gap, the trade finance devoted to intra-African trade, the constraints faced by banks.
To fill this information gap the African Development Bank recently released “Trade Finance in Africa”, a report based on a survey of the trade finance activities performed by commercial banks between 2011 and 2012, in particular the survey covered about 276 banks across 45 African countries on their trade finance activities.
The report shows a positive outlook for trade finance in Africa. Most commercial banks are active in trade finance, with 72% expecting to increase their trade finance activities in the immediate future. However, banks foresee obstacles to their trade finance portfolio and it exists a significant role for governments and development finance istitucions (DFIs), in particular trade facilitation programs addressing USD liquidity.
Read the whole report here
Euromentors will set up a pan-European mentoring ecosystem to help spark, support and expand new business ideas and fuel Digital Entrepreneurship across the continent. Euromentors will bring together Europe’s most prominent mentoring organisations and top mentors who support entrepreneurs.
This initiative will connect all of those who are focused on making Europe a more entrepreneurial place thanks to mentoring activities such as face-to-face meetings, and workshops on how to start a business, raising money for your company or which mistakes to avoid in the first steps as an entrepreneur.
Learn more about this initiative here.It is widely accepted that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is essential for ensuring long-term consumer trust while at the same time guaranteeing sustainable development, with evident positive consequences in terms of increasing competitiveness. Yet, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often do not dedicate enough attention to the opportunities and necessity of such an ethical approach which must go well beyond serving merely as a marketing tool.Considering the importance of the Machine Tool Sector (MTS) as the backbone of the European economy, and the relevance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the overall economic recovery, a strategic adoption of CSR ethical code by SMEs in MTS sector can represent an essential factor for a truly sustainable growth.With this in mind, in the framework of the DESIGN-MTS project (Defining Social responsibility Interventions for a Grounded Networking in Machine Tools Sector), in which the Central European Initiative (INSME Member) is involved as a partner, a free online training course has been made available on the project’s website. The “Understanding CSR” training programme is divided in two modules outlining the strategic importance of social responsibility and business ethics with special focus on the needs of SMEs.Tailor-made with the SMEs’ needs in mind, the multimedia training modules are user-friendly and include an overview of key global CSR standards, terminology and principles, as well as a set of available evaluation tools and instruments which can be easily adopted by the interested parties.The overall goal of the training is not only to provide a theoretical introduction to CSR but also a practical blueprint which would allow SMEs a faster strategic adoption of leading CSR standards.