MENA Regional Program on SME Development and Technology Transfer

May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Saad Hamoumi, Harvard Consulting Morocco presenting on Small Business Promotion in Morocco

From May 10-12, 2017, CLDP held a regional program with participants from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco to share best practices in promoting SME development.  The program included participants from the private sector, including consultants, incubators and accelerator programs, and government actors whose aim is to promote entrepreneurship.

Topics for the program included best practices in building innovation ecosystems, facilitating effective and efficient business registration procedures, promoting technology transfer at universities and research centers to create companies and jobs, and developing effective government assistance programs to small businesses. Legal frameworks that make business registration accessible, transparent, and efficient through the lens of the World Bank Doing Business indicators were also discussed by panelists and experts.

Through a regional approach with countries from the Gulf, North Africa and the Caucuses, the program benefited from participants sharing best practices and experiences in their own countries. U.S. experts from Stanford University, the Department of Commerce's Small Business Administration and Office of the General Counsel, and a private consulting practice shared U.S. best practices and various models for promoting small business creation and development, technology commercialization, and the developmen tof innovation ecosystems. This program was funded by the U.S. Department of State, including funding from its Middle East Partnership Initiative.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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