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SMED-C rep calls for networking, innovation of SMES in Siquijor

by Rizalie A. Calibo

Siquijor, Siquijor (25 September) -- Visayas Sector Representative of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council (SMED-C) Joyce Natalie U. Yang called for networking and innovation of small-scale entrepreneurs in Siquijor.

Speaking at the opening of the Halad Siquijodnon Fair and Exhibits 2006 today (September 13), Yang stressed the need for SMEs to network and innovate so as to position themselves to take advantage and go along with the direction of global trade.

Producing world-class products should lie at the core of our concerns, and this can be achieved through innovation and networking", she said. "Without these, SMES can't move forward, with the potential to retard, rather than enhance, the welfare of our entrepreneurs".

Innovation,she said, includes designing/packaging of products to effectively meet market competition while networking means linking with other neighboring provinces to increase market access and to improve viability and operational efficiency.

Yang pointed out the role of policymakers and program implementors to come up with innovative ideas and even "mediocre plans" and develop them in promoting SME's business activities.

"This 'capable team' could be your strongest attractions if all skills and energies are engaged in business-related activities", she said. This team as well as the people of the host communities best determines SME's quality, its intent, and its effectiveness as a vehicle for economic and social development. She likewise called for broader community involvement in tourism planning and development

Yang also expressed high hopes for the outcome of the fair and exhibits in terms of economic development.

The world is taking notice of our advances in all fronts of development, social reform and security.

As noted, political noise has been abated and economic gains are shining through as we have already weathered the worst of political turmoil, and the upward trend all our economic indicators is clear proof that we are on the right track.

The Administration's call for national unity and reconciliation is in earnest and all hands are welcomed to help the people and the Government push this nation up and forward. (PIA) [top]

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