The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with it partners will launch the 2017 Micro Small and Medium Enterprise also called MSME during the Small Business Administration week with US$ 20,000 in prizes for Information Communication and Technology (ICT), E+ Business Plan Competition with US$ 100,000 in grants and the Liberian Marketplace Trade Fair.
Speaking during a press conference Thursday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy noted the SBA week will commence with several activities, adding that with the annual tradition of the conference, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will do the opening of the program on November 25, 2017 at the top of the Nancy Doe Trade Fair Marketplace on 8th Street, Sinkor..
He said this year’s conference will be held under the theme: “From Vision to Implementation, buying Liberian, and Building Liberia” with special focus on “Promoting Information and Communication Technology in Liberia”.
Addy indicated that every year the conference has had a specific focus, stressing that last year conference was centered around women entrepreneurship, while 2015 focused on Youth Innovation for Economic Empowerment.
He said this year’s conference also seek to provide opportunities for capacity building, providing exhibition, networking with investors, partners and clients and business linkage events with the business competition.
“The conference also provides chance for innovates Liberian ICT professionals and aspires entrepreneurs to win US$ 20,000 prizes through a business competition in which applicants showcase their solution that helps solve community and business problems, four pries of US$ 5,000 each will be awarded in the agriculture, E-commerce, Education and e-Government,” he indicated.
He said the annual MSME conference is the flagship of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Small Business Administration that takes place every year, noting that this year’s conference takes place in collaboration with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He said hosting partners includes Orange Liberia, Mercy Crop, Embassy of Sweden, and United States Agent for International Development and Government of Japan.
The Commerce Minister encouraged entrepreneurs to participate in the MSME conference as an ICT innovator for those in the information, communication, technology sector and also those out of ICT can also apply as non-ICT exhibitor by visiting the website www.sbaliberia.org.
Addy extended thanks and appreciation to SMART Liberia, Blue Crest University, CEMENCO, the National Port Authority, among others for their sponsorship for this year’s conference.