SMEDA Re­search Jour­nal launched

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SMEDA Re­search Jour­nal has been launched by the Small and Medium En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (SMEDA). The launch­ing cer­e­mony at­tracted in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives, such as Hashim Ta­reen, Gen­eral Man­ager Cen­tral Sup­port, Sul­tan Ti­wana, Gen­eral Man­ager Busi­ness & Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices, Syed Iqbal A. Kid­wai, Gen­eral Man­ager Outreach, Bakhtiar Khan, Gen­eral Man­ager Pol­icy & Plan­ning along with a num­ber of SME ex­perts, eco­nomic re­searchers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of trade bod­ies.

The first is­sue of the SMEDA Re­search Jour­nal con­tains 4 ar­ti­cles ad­dress­ing core SME is­sues in­clud­ing “Im­pact of SME En­trepreneurs’ Ed­u­ca­tion on Qual­ity of do­ing Busi­ness in Pak­istan”, “SME’s In­ac­ces­si­bil­ity to Fi­nance: The Bot­tom Line”, “State of Data Avail­abil­ity on SMEs and its Im­pli­ca­tions for Pol­icy For­mu­la­tion” and “SME De­vel­op­ment in Pak­istan and Its con­tri­bu­tion to Eco­nom­ics.” These are be­ing greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by em­i­nent re­searchers and eco­nomic ex­perts.

Shahid Rashid, Fed­eral Sec­re­tary Tex­tile, pointed out that prom­i­nent data re­port­ing agen­cies were not able to pro­vide ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics on Pak­istan’s SME sec­tor for lack of a spe­cific cri­te­rion while gather­ing their data. In this sit­u­a­tion, SMEDA’s ded­i­cated jour­nal of eco­nomic re­search, specif­i­cally tai­lored to the dy­nam­ics of Pak­istan’s SME sec­tor, would prove to be a good source to bridge the miss­ing link.

Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, CEO SMEDA, ap­pre­ci­ated the role of SMEDA as a pol­i­cy­maker and ser­vices provider to fill the gaps, de­spite the avail­abil­ity lim­ited re­sources

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