NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Access to Markets, Funding and Mentorship are the leading issues affecting Africa’s Small and Medium Enterprises.
SMELink International Executive Director Patrick Ojil says the three issues will be highly discussed in the upcoming SMELink Conference set for April 20, – April 23, 2022 at the Movenpick Hotel.
Renowned entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo will be the Keynote speaker.
According to Ojil, SMEs in Africa provide an estimated 80 percent of jobs across the continent, representing an important driver of economic growth.
Sub-Saharan Africa alone has 44 million micro, small, and medium enterprises, almost all of which are micro.
“For these businesses to grow, create more jobs, and generate economic growth, they need access to capital, they need mentorship and they need access to markets, and this is what the conference is here to achieve,” he explained.
Tickets are available here https://conference.smelink.app/
Some of the key topics to be addressed include Intra Africa Trade and the opportunities at the Africa Continental Free Trade Africa (AfCFTA), Thriving Trade Requirements to foster friendly relations with regulators, resilience and recovery from impact of Pandemic, role of technology in scaling businesses, Role of FinTech in turning SME’s into thriving Enterprises among others.
SMEs attending the conference will also have the pleasure of listening to other notable key speakers including Kris Senanu Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Safaricom, Andia Chakava, Founding Principal of AC AdvisoryDirector at the Graça Machel, Trust and founding Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Kenya chapter, Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital,Flora Mutahi Founder Melvin Marsh International, Samchi Group CEO Esther Muchemi, Geofrey Odundo CEO Nairobi Securities Exchange, David Osiany Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization Trade and Enterprise Development as well as James Mureu Micro and Small Business Authority Board Chairman among others.
There will be pitching sessions for SMEs dubbed Rhino’s Den where SMEs stand a chance to be the first firms placed on the investor track on the SMELink platform for funding.