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"Beyond Speed –
why agility is important for sustainable success in SMEs"
The session will be held on the 22nd of February 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CET
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Doha/Qatar will host the 12th INSME Annual Meeting
“Enabling Smart SMEs as Key to Success”
from the 12th to the 14th of April 2016
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The 2nd Inclusive Business Forum for Asia
15 - 19 February 2016
Organized by the Asian Development Bank
ISPIM Innovation Forum
13 - 16 March 2016
Organized by ISPIM & IAOIP
Enabling Smart SMEs as Key to Success
12-14 April 2015
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The Young Entrepreneurs Competition is an initiative launched in 2005 by Dubai SME (INSME Member from the United Arab Emirates). Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, the 11th edition of the competition will run through 4 days and students will have the opportunity to live in a real business environment and test the effectiveness of their projects and products.The initiative aims at encouraging the development of the idea of small business among young generations, leading their innovation and creativity within a competitive business environment.
Participation is open to two different categories:
- Groups of no more than 2 people between 5 and 11 years, coming from selected shools previously nominated by the Ministry of Education
- Groups of no more than 4 people between 12 and 25 years enrolled in schools or universities based in the United Arab Emirates or in GCC Countries.
The deadline to apply is the 20th of February.The Asian Development Bank – ADB (INSME Member) has recently approved a package of reforms to improve the assistance to Member countries and enhance operational efficiency. The package is considered as a core component of the Midterm review of Strategy 2020.The new measures will simplify financing procedures allowing ADB to finance:
The reforms will simplify procedures for ADB to establish trust funds and administer cofinancing arrangements as well as Board approval procedure.
- contracts awarded before loan signing;
- procurement from non-ADB member countries under specific circumstances;
- and more flexibility in application of ADB’s procurement procedures.
In order to improve the quality of the documents and to reduce the cost and the staff time involved, ADB is also introducing streamlined and improved business processes for country partnership strategies, loan and TA operations, and disbursements.As declared by Mr. Takehiko Nakao, ADB President “the reforms will help to reduce the time and resources to prepare and administer loans and technical assistance (TA). The overall gains in savings of procedural and staff time from these reforms will be significant.”The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (INSME Member from Japan) has opened a call for applications for the Human Resources Training Programm – HRTP, a programme financed by the European Commission targeting small, medium and large enterprises.
The programme’s objectives are, among others:
- a better understanding the Japanese society, culture and its business environment and practice;
- the acquisition a good knowledge of Japanese-personal communication style, in order to better build partner relationships;
- a better understanding of the Japanese decision making processes within Japanese companies and negotiation style and hierarchy;
- the reinforcement of the relations with Japanese customers and facilitate the contacts with potential ones.
The 52th edition of the HRTP – Japan Industry Insight will last 4 weeks (that might be extended for an additional week dedicated to individual company visits) including Japanese language and culture courses; lectures on targeted subjects such as Japanese history, economy, politics and legal matters; a joint seminar with Japanese business people and company visits.
Eligible candidates must be citizens of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering Country, should be managers or executives from an industrial company and have proven experience in industry.Special participation conditions are foreseen for European SMEs: no tuition fee and SMEs cam benefit from up to 3,000 in scholarships.
The deadline for application is the 15th of February 2016.