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20th world SME conference to be organised in Nigeria
World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) is going to host the 20th world SME conference with over N500 million budgeted by the Bayelsa state government. WASME is a global non-governmental organisation located northern Indian city Noida, with members spread across the globe.

The vision behind establishment of WASME was to build a world private community of small business, their supporting and financial institutions. WASME, the non-governmental organization, was established with a vision to build a world private community of small business, their supporting and financial institutions not being influenced by any government, he added.

The 20th WASME International Conference on SME will examine past and current challenges of the global SMEs, especially challenges to start-ups on the African continent and best global practices for their upgrade across the value-chain, he further added.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is expected to declare the conference open in his home on April 30, 2014 with keynote addresses from Liberian President, Dr Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Brazilian President. Inacio Lula Da-Silva and the Chairman of African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, according to a report by All Africa.

Resource persons at the conference, include the host Minister, Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, Dr Khaled Nagaty, chairman, MetropolitanConsulting, Egypt; Mr Themba Khumala, Chief Operation Executive of MTN Group; Stephane Hogan, Delegation of European Union to African Union, Ethiopian and Nigeria's chief Folorunsho Alakija, Chairman, Famfa Oil &Gas Ltd among others.

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