The President of EMEA, Prof. Rym Ayadi participated at the 17th INSME Annual Meeting “SMEs as Drivers of a Sustainable Recovery” which was hosted by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) and the Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB) on 09 December 2021. The opening session of the Meeting was chaired by Sergio Arzeni, President of INSME and member of the Advisory Board of Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA.
Prof. Ayadi participated at the session “Tackling the post-Covid-19 Recovery” which was chaired by Patrick Meinhardt, Member of the Board of Directors, European Association of Self Employed, Germany.
The session discussed what can business support organisations do to address the main challenges and opportunities for SMEs in the post-Covid-19 era, which frameworks should be put in place today to build resilience and create a nurturing environment for SMEs, and how can policymakers support BSOs in enhancing innovation and improving productivity?
At her intervention Prof Ayadi highlighted that “In a post COVID-19 environment, it is essential to develop innovative financing schemes to support MSMEs in the economic sectors affected by the pandemic, to foster innovation, digitalization and sustainability and circularity as pillars for resilience and finally to develop programs for reskilling and to enhance productivity. “
INSME – The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises, is a non-profit organisation that through creation of public-private partnership, training and the exchange of best practices among its members contributes to promote innovation in SMEs and to establish a more fertile entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Network works under the auspices of the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and can count on the support of 61 Members (governmental bodies, international organizations, NGOs, business support organizations, chambers of commerce) from 30 different countries, involving on a second-tier level thousands of SMEs.
INSME is a partner organisation of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA