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APC, Zuellig School, and IDRC to hold a seminar on SME Policy Reforms in 47th ADB Annual Meeting

Posted: 2014-04-24


The Asian Institute of Management Policy Center, AIM Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, and International Development Research Centre will bring top experts on SMEs and governance in a seminar that would focus on evidence-based policy reforms for SME growth. The seminar will be part of the 47th ADB Annual Meeting to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 5.

Titled "Breaking Free from the Middle Income Country Trap," the seminar will try to address policy issues on SME development such as obstacles to firm growth including corruption and lack of infrastructure. The seminar centers on a panel discussion of innovative governance policies or initiatives and a recent empirical study on SMEs and corruption to enrich the discussion on how SMEs can serve as engines of inclusive growth. Speakers for the seminar are Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank; Roberto Martin Galang, Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation and Research Grant Recipient of the Enterprise Performance in Asia Project of AIM Policy Center; and Dan Breznitz, Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, University of Toronto.

Meanwhile, Sreenivas Narayanan, Group Managing Director, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) will serve as reactor and Juan Miguel M. Luz, Dean of the AIM Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management will be the moderator. The seminar will end with closing remarks from Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director for Asia, International Development Research Centre.

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