A five-day international workshop on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) promotion workshop is to take place at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) between November 10 and 14, 2008.
The workshop, jointly organised by the international Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) programme, University of Leipzip in Germany, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) a German Academic Exchange Service and KNUST has the theme: 'Re-Locating SME Promotion: Experiences and examples from Africa'.
The thirty member participants are from Germany, Brazil, Indonesia, Ghana, England, Ethiopia, Angola, Palestine, Kenya and Tanzania, among others.
Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Ralph Nyadu-Addo, Chairman of the local organising committee for the College of Art and Social Sciences (CASS) at KNUST indicated that the maiden meeting will give them the opportunity to explore problems and prospects of making SME promotion one of the core activities of institutions related to higher education in Africa.
He mentioned that the workshop, which is the initiative of the Small Enterprise Promotion Network (SEPnet) is a network of more than 200 experts from over 70 countries specialised in SME issues with its headquarters at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
Mr Nyadu-Addo who is also a member of SEPnet said the forum will bring expects and practitioners, SEPT alumni worldwide,DAAD alumni, GTZ, German Embassy officials, academics from Business Schools in public Universities, NGOs, NBSSI, Policy makers in the field of SME and stakeholders in the promotion of SME in Africa to present papers on various areas as well as brainstorm on the best way of enhancing SME in the country and globally.
He commended the KNUST School of Business for accepting to host the maiden edition of the workshop which is going to be a big boast for their academic work.