As part of the program celebrating SME Month, the 1st MSME Development Councils National Conference is scheduled to be held on 19 and 20 July 2012 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu City. The conference is being jointly organized by the Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its role as Secretariat of the National MSMED Council, and the Deutsche Gesselschaft für International Zusammenarbeit Private Sector Promotion Program (GIZ PSP). Conference participants will consist of at least 150 representatives of the National and Provincial MSMED Councils, officials from the DTI Head Office and 86 provincial offices, Secretariat Heads, and the GIZ.
The 1st MSMEDC National Conference is expected to to create greater awareness, commitment and action on the administration's 'Big Push' policy for MSME development; present the highlights of the DTI and GIZ PSP Program and its contribution to MSME development; clarify the functional mandates of the Provincial MSMED Councils (PSMEDCs); share and learn from good practices and exemplar initiatives; and, create and reinforce networks toward mutually beneficial partnerships. Activities lined up for the conference include presentation of good practices such as the use of the GIZ Capacity WORKS management model and others exemplifying the delivery of the MSMEDC functions, namely: policy formulation, program advocacy, program coordination and integration. There will also be a showcase of value chain and local regional economic development (LRED) approaches adapted in the implementation of the MSME Development Plan. To be similarly tackled are exemplary initiatives of MSMEs on development global themes that include gender, climate change, migration and corporate social responsibility.
The conference will be made more meaningful with the collection of all Provincial MSMED Councils policy, program, activity and project (PPAP) proposals that require the attention of national government agencies which the National MSMED Council will endorse to appropriate agencies. Knowledge products such as collaterals on the PPAPs that were introduced and implemented by the Provincial MSMED Councils will likewise be placed on exhibit as a side event during the conference.