Creating a Shared Future
For Entrepreneurs and Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
In the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

First Time Ever, the United Nations
Opens its Doors on Saturday to Hold a Special Event
Dedicated to Entrepreneurs and SMEs, in Partnership
with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

Saturday, May 12, 2018
The United Nations

United Nations HQ
 New York, NY USA

MSME FORUM

CREATING A SHARED FUTURE
FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND
MICRO-, SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED
ENTERPRISES IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The global outlook has changed dramatically for entrepreneurs, start-ups, Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) worldwide. They now are the central economic topic for many governments around the world.

Governments are moving rapidly to shore up support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and MSMEs through new initiatives. Policies are being formulated to help integrate entrepreneurs and MSMEs in the economic formula and to help equip them for the global integrated economy.

Yet, direct challenges from many fronts are increasing for entrepreneurs and MSMEs. These challenges include disruption by artificial intelligence, lack of skilled workers, and retail and service consolidation. The balance between the country’s economic well-being and social integration continues to widen as evident by the lack of inclusiveness of many groups within the economy. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to both identify and kick-start much needed action on issues and in areas that are essential to the very future of both our planet and people. Considering that the SDGs effectively cover every human activity and habitat across the world, the role of MSMEs in achieving these goals needs to be further articulated and enhanced.

The launch of the successful MSMEs International Day was a powerful reinforcement of their global impact. However, divergent initiatives, programs, messages, and policies fragment the potential for a global movement led by MSMEs. This forum will lay the foundation for a common global narrative on how MSMEs can make their major impact in leading and achieving the SDGs.

International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP),

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Agenda (in progress)

9:00 – 10:00
Security Check-in at the United Nations Main Entrance

10:15 – 11:15
Opening Ceremony and Introductory Remarks

António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (tbc)
Martin Garcia Moritan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN
Cho Tae-yul, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of New York Office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
William Kennedy, Senior Officer-in- Charge, United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP)

Guests Speakers:

Marie Chatardová, President of the ECOSOC, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN
Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority-Arab Republic of Egypt
Marcos Jorge de Lima, Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, and Services, Brazil
Brian Brault, Chairman of the Global Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurs Organization

11:15 – 12:45
Plenary 1: The Need for MSMEs to Support the SDGs

•Linda McMahon, Administrator of Small Business Administration, United States of America
•Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina
•Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
•Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
•Dato Hafsah, Chief Executive Officer, Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation (SME), Malaysia
•Lindiwe Zulu MP, Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa
•Jose Ricardo Veiga, Secretary of Small & Medium Enterprises, Brazil
•Cardinal P. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican City State 
•Oh Joon, Ambassador, Former President of ECOSOC, and Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 
Working Sessions Report on Guiding Principles to Support MSMEs

•Leading through Financial Inclusion – The Global Impact of Women Business Owners.
Chair: Geralyn McClure Franklin, Incoming President of ICSB
•The Future of Work and Economic Growth.
Chair: Winslow Sargeant, Senior Vice-President of Development, The International Council for Small Business (ICSB)
•Building Resilient Education and Research Infrastructure to Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation.
Chair: George Solomon, Editor, The Journal of Small Business Management

14:30 – 15:30 
Plenary 2: The Mayors of the World Unite to Support MSMEs and SDGS

•Argentina:
•Italy: Cono D’Elia, Mayor of Comune Di Morigerati.
•Egypt:
•USA:
•Indonesia:
•Malaysia:
•Mexico:
•Vatican:

•New Zealand:

15:30 – 16:30 
Plenary 3: The Academic Leaders Unite to Support MSMEs

•Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
•Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, The George Washington University
•Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
•Ruben Ascua, Rector, The National University of Rafaela, Argentina
•Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
•Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
•Fahad Al Othman, President, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait

16:30 – 17:30
Plenary 4: Organizations Unite to Support MSMEs

•AMAZON: Abby Daniell, Latin America, Canada and Caribbean Public Sector Amazon Web Services
•FACEBOOK: Marinelly Díaz Saporiti, Policy Programs Manager, LATAM
•GOOGLE: Whitney Cox, SMB Marketing
•TATWEER MISR: Ahmed Shalaby, CEO and Managing Director
•WARF: Erik Iverson, Managing Director

17:30 – 18:00 
MSMEs and Humane Entrepreneurship – A Way Forward

•KiChan Kim, Past President, ICSB
•Ahmed Osman, Senior Vice President, ICSB
•OTHER

18:00 END of FORUM

9:00 – 10:00
Security Check-in at the United Nations Main Entrance

10:15 – 11:15
Opening Ceremony and Introductory Remarks

António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (tbc)
Martin Garcia Moritan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN
Cho Tae-yul, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of New York Office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
William Kennedy, Senior Officer-in- Charge, United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP)

Guests Speakers:

Marie Chatardová, President of the ECOSOC, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN
Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority-Arab Republic of Egypt
Marcos Jorge de Lima, Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, and Services, Brazil
Brian Brault, Chairman of the Global Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurs Organization

11:15 – 12:45
Plenary 1: The Need for MSMEs to Support the SDGs

•Linda McMahon, Administrator of Small Business Administration, United States of America
•Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina
•Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
•Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
•Dato Hafsah, Chief Executive Officer, Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation (SME), Malaysia
•Lindiwe Zulu MP, Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa
•Jose Ricardo Veiga, Secretary of Small & Medium Enterprises, Brazil
•Cardinal P. Turkson, Prefect of the Department for the Integral Human Development Service, Vatican
•Oh Joon, Ambassador, Former President of ECOSOC, and Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 
Working Sessions Report on Guiding Principles to Support MSMEs

•Leading through Financial Inclusion – The Global Impact of Women Business Owners.
Chair: Geralyn McClure Franklin, Incoming President of ICSB
•The Future of Work and Economic Growth.
Chair: Winslow Sargeant, Senior Vice-President of Development, The International Council for Small Business (ICSB)
•Building Resilient Education and Research Infrastructure to Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation.
Chair: George Solomon, Editor, The Journal of Small Business Management

14:30 – 15:30 
Plenary 2: The Mayors of the World Unite to Support MSMEs and SDGS

•Argentina:
•Italy: Cono D’Elia, Mayor of Comune Di Morigerati.
•Egypt:
•USA:
•Indonesia:
•Malaysia:
•Mexico:
•Vatican:

•New Zealand:

15:30 – 16:30 
Plenary 3: The Academic Leaders Unite to Support MSMEs

•Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
•Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, The George Washington University
•Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
•Ruben Ascua, Rector, The National University of Rafaela, Argentina
•Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
•Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
•Fahad Al Othman, President, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait

16:30 – 17:30
Plenary 4: Organizations Unite to Support MSMEs

•AMAZON: Abby Daniell, Latin America, Canada and Caribbean Public Sector Amazon Web Services
•FACEBOOK: Marinelly Díaz Saporiti, Policy Programs Manager, LATAM
•GOOGLE: Whitney Cox, SMB Marketing
•TATWEER MISR: Ahmed Shalaby, CEO and Managing Director
•WARF: Erik Iverson, Managing Director

17:30 – 18:00 
MSMEs and Humane Entrepreneurship – A Way Forward

•KiChan Kim, Past President, ICSB
•Ahmed Osman, Senior Vice President, ICSB
•OTHER

18:00 END of FORUM

Highlights from the

2017 ICSB and UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT

May 11, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the crucial role Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution (A/71/279) designates June 27 as “Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day”. With support from ICSB, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN authored the resolution that was presented to and negotiated with all UN member states.
The resolution was co-sponsored by 54 member states, representing over 5 billion people. Since the adoption of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, all countries have been working for its implementation, which aims to ensure that every actor can contribute in the best possible way.
On May 11, 2017, ICSB held a Summit at the United Nations to commemorate the passage of the resolution. The summit examined MSMEs have the potential to make a long-lasting positive impact on global development needs, as the engine for economic growth and job creation, which is estimated to account for two out of three net new jobs created worldwide.

In atiendance of the ICSB 2017 ICSB Summit at the United Nations were as follows:

  • HE Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator, United States of America
  • HE Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina Republic
  • Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Dr. Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
  • Dr. Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ruben Ascua, Rector, National University of Rafaela, Argentina
  • Ms. Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
  • Ms. Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
  • Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean, St. John’s University
  • HE Mr. Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, The Netherlands
  • HE Mr. Martin García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
  • HE Mr. Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Dr. Luca Iandoli, President, International Council for Small Business
  • Mr. Michael Falk, General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Mr. Asheesh Advani, President, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Dr. Patrice Harris, Chairman of the Board, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director, Tatweer Misr
  • Mr. Harry Alford, President, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Caitlin Cain, President, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
  • HE Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator, United States of America
  • HE Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina Republic
  • Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Dr. Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
  • Dr. Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ruben Ascua, Rector, National University of Rafaela, Argentina
  • Ms. Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
  • Ms. Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
  • Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean, St. John’s University
  • HE Mr. Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, The Netherlands
  • HE Mr. Martin García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
  • HE Mr. Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Dr. Luca Iandoli, President, International Council for Small Business
  • Mr. Michael Falk, General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Mr. Asheesh Advani, President, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Dr. Patrice Harris, Chairman of the Board, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director, Tatweer Misr
  • Mr. Harry Alford, President, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Caitlin Cain, President, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA

Registration Form for the 2018 MSME Forum

Registration Form for the 2018 MSME Forum

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