Thursday, May 19 2022


The executive director of BSMEPA Boyko takov became Crew member of the International Network of Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME). This was announced at the organization’s 17th annual meeting, which took place December 9-10 in Sofia.

The event is organized by BSMEPA and the Bulgarian Development Bank and during the two days, Sofia was the center of a series of sessions devoted to the future of the global SME sector as a driver of a sustainable recovery from the effects of the COVID-pandemic. 19.

“The entry of a representative of BSMEPA like a Crew member of the International SME Network is a great responsibility, because the organization through public-private partnerships, training and the exchange of experiences and knowledge sets the tone for many strategic and operational orientations for the promotion of SMEs and entrepreneurship around the world. In 2020, when BSMEPA became a full member of the Network, Bulgaria had for the first time the opportunity to share its experience in promoting business with the largest organization, and my inclusion as Crew member is a natural continuation of our partnership with the Network and a great opportunity for Bulgarian companies “, commented Boyko Takov.

The executive director of BSMEPA joined the management after a vote of the members of the International Network in the General Assembly, held during the 17th annual meeting. Board members include Jay Mitra, Professor at the University of Essex, Nava Swersky Sofer, Chairman of the Canada-based International Trade Alliance, and Dr Hamsa Thota, Founder and Chairman of Innovation Business Development (IBD) based in the United States. – a company specializing in improving productivity in product innovation, and others.

The 17th Annual Meeting of SMEs brought together hundreds of speakers, companies, representatives of public and private organizations from around the world, including Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium and Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, at the Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia. OECD Secretary General Sergio Arzeni, Chairman of the Network, Jay Mitra, Professor at the University of Essex, Lamia Kamal-Chawi, Director of the OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities to the OECD and many others who have discussed economic issues resumed in the post-pandemic years, the role of development banks in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs and entrepreneurship in South Eastern Europe and many others.

The International SME Network was established in 2000 as part of an initiative to support SMEs at a conference of members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on SMEs and Globalization in Bologna. , in Italy. The role of INSME is to liaise between organizations that support SMEs as well as those that develop SME financing policies. It currently has 65 member organizations from 34 countries working in the field of internationalization, innovation and technology transfer of SMEs.

The network involves governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as financial institutions, and INSMEits main mission is to promote international cooperation and public-private partnerships in the field of innovation and technology transfer.

/ Bulgarian Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises


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