2018 MSME Conference

MSME and Nation-building

Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) comprise 99% of the businesses in the Philippines. This sector plays an important role in our country’s thrust for economic development and inclusive growth and is included among the priority areas of ASEAN’s policy focus and resources. Despite the numbers and policy agenda, the Philippines continues to lag behind in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. MSMEs face big challenges in terms of access to finance, technological upgrading, and heavy market competition. Given the current undertakings and advocacies of the government and international organizations such as ASEAN, it is imperative that the current status of the MSMEs sector- its prospects, and challenges, including the existing mechanisms be reviewed and studied.

In carrying out its mandate of promoting the growth of small and medium-scale industries in the country, the University of the Philippines- Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) is pleased to invite you to participate in the ISSI’s 1st MSME Conference with the theme “MSME and Nation-building.” The conference will bring practitioners, policymakers, and academics (graduate students/postgraduate students/research fellows) to gather to discuss and share their ongoing research, case studies, policy papers, and scholarly works on/related to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Topics include, but not limited to the following:
* Entrepreneurship Education
* Enterprise Development
* Local and International Market Development for MSMEs
* MSME Financing
* MSME Policy development
* MSME Strategic/functional management
* New Trends in Entrepreneurship
* Social Entrepreneurship
* Startups
* Technology and Innovation

Important Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstract:       31 October 2017
Notification of Acceptance:                          November 2017
Deadline for Final Paper Submission:      31 January 2018*
Conference Date:                                                  16 March 2018

Conference Venue:    University of the Philippines-Bonifacio Global City (UP-BGC), Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

  • The entire manuscript should be at least 4,000 but not more than 10,000 words (including notes and references-APA citation style).
  • Direct email submissions and inquiries to issi(dot)research@up.edu.ph (issi.research@up.edu.ph) with the subject “MSMEs Conference”

To register, visit our Conference Registration webpage.

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Elvira A. Zamora, D.B.A.
Conference Chair
Vice-President for Development, UP
Editor-In-Chief, MSME Frontier