November 15-18, 2017


During November 15-18, 2017, The International Labor Organization in partnership with MCSBE Egypt will conduct the 3rd Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit.   This summit will will be held in Hurgada, Egypt along the Red Sea Riviera  will bring together practitioners, educators, policy makers, and industry CEOs to explore concepts and guiding principles that support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.   The conference themes will focus on The Future of Work, Knowledge Management as well as Policy and Education. The purpose of this gathering is to advance knowledge and ideas to support small business formation and growth.

SMEs can set the tone in the workplace and in broader society. This can be done in context of outlining their purpose, vision, and strategy to compete in the local and global marketplace.  Obtaining adequate and affordable capital continues to be challenge for small business owners.  Outdated business formation and ownership rules inhibit growth by small business.  Attracting and retaining a competitive workforce is a challenge due to labor rules and regulations. The cost of entry into markets remain a challenge.

Leading academic researchers, development experts, and policymakers from across the globe will share examples of new and innovative SME policy programs dealing with radical and dynamic markets; examine insights from policy design research; discuss the role of high-growth firms; and promote the importance of entrepreneurship as a key driver of innovation and sustainable development


Topics of discussion/presentation include:

•        Enterprising Universities

•        Access to Finance

•        Access to Land for Development

•        Business Licensing and the Informal Sector

•        Fighting Corruption

•        Future of Work

•        Humane Entrepreneurship

•        Knowledge Management

•        Gender and Potential for Development

•        Intellectual Property Rights

•        Trade Regulations

•        Education for Development

•        Labor Regulations and the New Work Force

•        Access to Enabling Infrastructure

        Procurement Opportunities for Small Businesses

•        Tax System for Sustainable Growth

•        Youth Entrepreneurship

•        Competition (state owned vs. privately owned)

•        Access to Telecommunications and Broadband

•        Big Data for Small Business Data (Informal vs. Formal)

•        Effects of Climate Change

•        Sustainable Development Goals and the Path to Completion