2nd SME Conference


Mr. Sher Ayub Khan (CEO, SMEDA)

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad (Rector, UMT)


Mr. Ahsan Iqbal
Minister of Planning, Development and Reform

Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi
Minister of Industries & Production

Mr. Khizar Hayat Gondal
Federal Secretary
Ministry of Industries & Production

Mr. Sher Ayub Khan

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad
Rector, UMT

Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed
Chairman, HEC

Dr. Rebecca Fox
George Mason University

Dr. Emanuela Todeva
Director (BCNED & Triple Helix Association)

KOSGEB, Turkey

Tentative Agenda

  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Registration of Participants
    Inaugural Session
    9:30 AM – 9:40 AM Welcome Address by Mr. Khizar Hayat Gondal, Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production
    9:40 AM – 9:50 AM Remarks by Dr. Hassan Suhaib Murad, Rector, University of Management Technology (UMT)
    09:50 AM – 10:00 AM Remarks by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)
    10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Key Note Address by Representative from KOSGEB, Turkey
    10:10 AM – 10:20 AM Address by Dr. Emanuela, Business Clusters Networks and Economic Development (BCNED), St. Mary’s University, UK
    10:20 AM – 10:30 AM Address by Dr. Rebecca Fox, George Mason University, USA
    10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Address by Counsel General of China in Lahore
    10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Inaugural Speech by Chief Guest Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development & Reform
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Tea Break
    Thematic Area (1): Developing Conducive Business Environment
    11:30 AM – 01:30 PM Session Chair / Moderator:           Dean, LUMS Business School (TBC)

    Expert:                                                TBC

    SMEDA Representative                   TBC

    Local & International Research Papers

    1.     Paper Presentation 1

    2.     Paper Presentation 2

    3.     Paper Presentation 3

    International Delegate / Development Agency

    4.     KOSGEB, Turkey

    5.     Prof. Maria, Governance Issues for SME Development

    Public Sector

    6.     Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)

    7.     Board of Investment

    Private Sector

    8.     Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI)

    9.     Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)


    Question & Answers

    Wrap up by Session Chair

    01:30 – 02:30 PM Lunch & Prayer Break
    Thematic Area (2): Local and International Market Development for SMEs
    02:30 PM – 04:00 PM Session Chair / Moderator:           Dean, Institute of Business Administration (TBC)

    Expert:                                                TBC

    SMEDA Representative                   TBC

    Local & International Research Papers

    1.     Paper Presentation 4

    2.     Paper Presentation 5

    3.     Paper Presentation 6

    International Delegate / Development Agency

    4.     CBI, Netherlands

    5.     GIZ, Germany

    6.     Presentation by Ms. Karen Wrightsman, George Mason University, USA

    Public Sector

    7.     Ministry of Commerce

    8.     Ministry of Science & Technology (PNAC / PSQCA)

    9.     IPO Pakistan

    Private Sector

    10.  All Pakistan Business Forum

    11.  American Business Council of Pakistan


    Question & Answers

    Wrap up by Session Chair

    Thematic Area (3): Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development
    04:00 PM – 05:30 PM Session Chair / Moderator:           Dean, Institute of Management Science (TBC)

    Expert:                                                TBC

    SMEDA Representative                   TBC

    Local & International Research Papers

    1.     Paper Presentation 7

    2.     Paper Presentation 8

    3.     Paper Presentation 9

    International Delegate / Development Agency

    4.     Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    5.     The British Council

    Public Sector

    6.     Government of Punjab (Plan 9)

    7.     National Educational & Vocational Training Authority

    Private Sector

    8.     ACCA Pakistan

    9.     MIT Enterprise Forum


    Question & Answers

    Wrap up by Session Chair

    05:30 – 05:45 Close of Day 1

  • 9:00 AM – 09:30 AM Registration of Participants
    09:30 AM – 09:40 AM Summary of Day 1 Proceedings
    International Development Agencies Support for SME Development in Pakistan

    UNIDO – SMEDA – ITALIA Investment Promotion Unit

    09:40 AM – 09:50 AM Welcome Address by Mr. Sher Ayub Khan, Chief Executive Officer, SMEDA
    09:50 AM – 10:00 AM Remarks by UNIDO Representative
    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Presentation on Investment Promotion Unit by UNIDO ITPO, Italy
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Launch of Subcontracting Partnership Exchange (SPX) Pakistan
    11:30 AM – 12:00 noon Tea Break
    Thematic Area (4): SMEs Access to Finance
    12:00 noon – 01:30 PM Session Chair / Moderator:           Dean, Lahore School of Economics (TBC)

    Expert:                                                TBC

    SMEDA Representative                   TBC

    Local & International Research Papers

    1.     Paper Presentation 10

    2.     Paper Presentation 11

    3.     Paper Presentation 12

    International Delegate / Development Agency

    4.     SME Development Agency, Indonesia (TBC) / SME Corp., Malaysia (TBC)

    5.     Department for International Development (DFID)

    6.     USAID

    7.     The World Bank

    8.     Kaarandaaz

    01:30 PM – 02:30 PM Lunch & Prayer Break
    Access to Finance (Cont…) 
    02:30 – 04:00 Public Sector

    1.     State Bank of Pakistan

    2.     Pakistan Stock Exchange

    Private Sector

    3.     Leasing Association of Pakistan

    4.     Akhuwat

    5.     Bank Alfalah Limited

    6.     Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry

    7.     The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE)

    Question & Answers

    Wrap up by Session Chair

    Closing Session
    04:00 PM Arrival of Chief Guest, Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Minister for Industries & Production
    04:00 PM – 04:10 PM Remarks by Mr. Sher Ayub Khan, CEO, SMEDA
    04:10 – 04:20 Remarks by Mr. Bob, Dean, School of Business, UMT
    04:20 – 04:30 Remarks by Chairman, Association of Management Development Institutes of Pakistan (AMDIP)
    04:20 PM – 04:40 PM Closing Remarks by Chief Guest, Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Minister for Industries & Production
    04:40 PM – 05:00 PM Distribution of Certificates / Awards & Group Photo

    Note: Confirmation of Experts and Session Chairs will be ensured by March 1, 2017


The significance of SME sector in economic development has been recognized globally for its contribution to employment generation and poverty alleviation. That is why, policy makers in developed, as well as developing nations emphasize the need to strengthen SMEs as an engine for sustainable economic growth through fostering SME focused research. There is also wide agreement that promoting such a culture invariably calls for collaboration of industry, academia, government, and development agencies. In fact, globally, think tanks play a critical role in highlighting issues and proposing recommendations for their redressal. However, in Pakistan, a culture of research has yet to gain the significance it merits. To promote this culture of research, specifically in the area of SMEs, the first National SME Conference was jointly organized by SMEDA and UMT on 25th May 2016 at Lahore, aiming to promote SME specific research in Pakistan. The conference was unique as it particularly focused on “Contribution, Challenges and Prospects of SME Sector in Pakistan” hence attracting participants from Academia, International development Agencies, Government Organizations and Private Sector. An overwhelming response was received from academia, as around 50 research papers were contributed by 27 Universities across Pakistan. Renowned Scholars, Policy Makers, Development Practitioners and Entrepreneurs shared their views and experiences regarding SME development at the conference.

After the success of the 1st National SME Conference, the 2nd SME Conference is planned to be held on 15th -16th March 2017 in Lahore, Pakistan. This time, the conference aims to bring together International SME representative bodies from developed and developing countries, academia, government departments, international development agencies, financial institutions, large scale enterprises, and researchers. It will highlight the challenges and prospects of SME sector in Pakistan in light of international best practices, and furnish declarations for all stakeholders, in general; and policy makers in particular.

We welcome case studies, empirical and conceptual scholarly contributions related to SME Sector of Pakistan in the following thematic areas:

1) Conducive Business Environment (Long Term Policy Framework, Fiscal Policy, Trade Policy, Legislation, Doing Business, Competitiveness, Level Playing Field etc.)
2) Access to Finance (SME Financing, Leasing, Credit, Venture Capital, Angel Investment, SME Stock Exchanges etc.)
3) Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development (Business Creation, Human Resource Development, Foreign Direct Investment, Cluster Development etc.)
4) Local & International Market Development for SMEs (Integrating SMEs into Global Value Chains, Market Access, Trade Openness, Quality and Technology, Certifications, Branding, Joint Ventures, Trade Agreements, CPEC etc.)


Authors can send empirical and conceptual papers. The papers should include Objectives, Data and Methods, Results, up to 6 key words, and Conclusions with significance. All papers will undergo double-blind review process and the notification of the acceptance will be served within 4 weeks after their submission.


Abstracts of all selected papers will be published in Conference Proceedings in online and hard-copy formats. With consent of authors, top 5 papers – based on reviewers’ evaluation – will be published in Volume 4, Issue 1 of SMEDA Research Journal (ISSN: 2220-7570)


Cash award, along with certificate, will be given to 5 Best papers. All selected papers will be considered for best paper nomination, whereas final decision will be made based on Reviewer’s evaluation/score.


Participation in conference will be with prior registration. Registration and publication fee will be covered by Conference organizers and sponsors. Therefore, no fee will be charged from authors and participants of the conference. All participants will be provided conference material (proceedings, bags etc.) refreshments and lunch.






In order to join the conference as a presenter/speaker, International presenters and speakers are requested to send their interest along with abstract of the presentation/write up to Conference managers at: nadia@smeda.org.pk and sami.bajwa@umt.edu.pk


Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore Pakistan


30th December 2016


20th February 2017



Nadia Jahangir Seth
Conference Manager/
General Manager
Policy and Planning Division SMEDA


Sami Ullah Bajwa
Conference Manager/
Director Internationalization
School of Business and Economics
University of Management & Technology