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Strengthening MSMEs for economic resilience and sustainable development

15 June 2020 3:00 pm
15 June 2020 4:15 pm

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Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are dramatically affected by the coronavirus pandemic all over the world. The crisis has revealed their vulnerability to the supply and demand side, and as per a recent OECD paper, there is a serious risk that over 50% of them will not survive the next few months. In low-income countries, formal and informal Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are significant engines of growth, employment, innovation and social development.

This webinar, the first of a series organised by ECDPM and DAI, will showcase public and private sector initiatives to support MSMEs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, and discuss how governments and development partners could look for ways to further engage with the private sector to pave the way to a quicker and socially and environmentally sustainable economic recovery in developing countries.


Introduction and facilitation: Jeske van Seters, Head of Programme Private Sector Engagement, ECDPM

Said Abu Hijleh, DAI Country Director, Palestinian Territories – On the World Bank’s Innovative Private Sector Development Project (IPSDP) “Rapid COVID-19 Response Intervention that enables business survival and continuity and supports start-ups/SMEs in the Palestinian territories.

Eric Eloundou Ngah, Board member, Cameroon Business Patronage Movement (E.CAM) – On the creation of a guarantee scheme for SMEs in Cameroon.

Carole Karuga, CEO of the Kenyan Private Sector Organisation KEPSA – How the Public-Private dialogue in Kenya, led to the design of a strategic recommendations matrix that was presented and discussed with the Government, and the measures in place to support

Emmanuel Moyart, Team Leader, DEVCO C4 Trade and Private Sector Facility – How can the EU support the private sector and in particular SMEs, the question of the informal sector. Examples from EU Delegations’ work in Uganda and Tunisia.

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Useful documents and material

  • Memo on the webinar topic by Eric Eloundou Ngah (click here to download)
  • Business survey on the effects of COVID-19 and the Economic Management Framework developed by KEPSA (available for download here)

More information on this webinar series

From 15 June until 6 July, DAI and ECDPM will hold a series of webinars that will bring together public and private practitioners to reflect on the immediate reaction of the development community to the challenges posed by COVID-19, and support the post-pandemic global response of the European Union, as per its recent Communication.

Full list of webinars:

15 June: Strengthening MSMEs for economic resilience and sustainable development
22 June: COVID-19 and the accelerated digitalisation of developing countries’ economies
29 June: How COVID-19 calls for an alliance for financing
6 July: Building stronger health systems going forward

For a full overview of the webinar series programme, please click here.

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