Expert Group Meeting on Harnessing Technology for Enhanced Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Productivity and Competitiveness

3 to 4 November, 2007 , Cairo

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Saturday, 3 November 2007


Ms. Anhar Hegazi, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
- Mr. Abdalla A. Alnajjar, President, Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF)
- Mr. Mohammed Bin Yousef, Director General, Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization, Morocco
Statement of Mr. Hany Seif El Nasr, Managing Director, Social Fund for Development of Egypt delivered by Mr. Ahmed Nassar, Acting Director General for the Monitoring and Planning Group, Social Fund for Development




SESSION I: REGIONAL AND COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS

The Regional Context
Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, Acting Team Leader, Technology and Enterprise Development Team, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, ESCWA


Country Presentations
Presentations by the Delegated Representative of the Governments of: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen


SESSION II: REGIONAL INITIATIVES


ESCWA Technology Centre for Development
Mr. Yousef Nusseir, Director, Information and Communications Technologies Division, ESCWA


ASTF Investing in Technology Initiative: Past Activities and Future Plans
Mr. Farhan Kalaldeh, Program Manager, Investing in Technology Program, ASTF - Sharjah Headquarters


SESSION III: POLICY FRAMEWORKS FOR HELPING SMES TO HARNESS TECHNOLOGY


National Science and Technology Policies and SME Initiatives
Mr. Samer Sabbagh, Director, National Fund for Enterprise Support, Higher Council for Science and Technology, Jordan


Policy Infrastructure and Technology Profiling in the Euro-Mediterranean Context
Mr. John Yates, Program Manager, Medibtikar: Euro-Med Innovation Program, Egypt


Promoting SME Investment and Technology Development in Developing Countries
Mr. Marco Potecchi, Officer in Charge, UNIDO Investment Promotion Unit Egypt


Entrepreneurship Development & Enterprise Creation Programs
Mr. Afif Barhoumi, Investment Promotion Expert and Arab Regional Center for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training Program Coordinator, UNIDO Bahrain



Sunday, 4 November 2007


 

SESSION IV: MECHANISMS FOR STRENGTHENING SME COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY LINKAGES

Mechanisms and Models for Harnessing Technology in SMEs
Mr. Fouad Mrad, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, American University of Beirut / ESCWA Consultant


Customizing Plastic Products for the World Market
Mr. Khaled Mahjoub, Chairman, Mahjoub Est., Syria


SESSION V: STANDARDS AS INSTRUMENTS FOR MOTIVATING INNOVATION AND ADAPTATION


The Role of Standards in Promoting Innovation and Competitiveness of SMEs in World Markets
Mr. Hassan Charif, Senior Advisor, ESCWA


Certification Schemes as a Means to Improve Product Safety and Competitiveness
Mr. Naji Geha, Coordinator, Inspection Center - Lebanon, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.


SESSION VI: TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR IMPROVING SME PRODUCTIVITY


Tools for Competitive Product Development
Mr. Ahmad Smaili, Chairperson, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department,
Haririri Canadian University, Lebanon


Automation to Reach Global Standards
Mr. Hany Loka, Senior Vice President and Head of Automation and Drives, Siemens Limited


Process Control and Quality Assurance Technologies
Mr. Michel Haddad, Managing Director, National Instruments Arabia


Environmental Technologies for Improving SME Productivity
Ms. Hanan El Hadary, Director, Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Egypt



 

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