The International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME) an ISO 9001 certified International Non-Government Organisation with its headquarters at New Delhi, the capital of India. It works with members, affiliates and partners across the world for the promotion and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It enjoys special consultative/ observer status with concerned agencies in UN system such as ECOSOC, DESA, UNESCAP, etc. It also cooperates actively with several intergovernmental and international organizations.
ISSME brings together policy makers, facilitators, experts, educators, researchers and small business enterprises from around the world. They use this platform to share their experience, knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.
ISSME’s creation was driven by the strong desire to develop a global association of small businesses and their supporting institutions for the sustainable and inclusive growth of SMEs. It tries to achieve this objective through exchange of knowledge and networking opportunities.
ISSME builds synergies between the activities of micro and SMEs across the world and the enabling framework and programmes of governments and Non-Government Organisations working for the promotion of the sector.
ISSME members and affiliates comprise Governments & Small Business Administrations, SME Promotional/Nodal Agencies, Banks & Financial Institutions, Industry Associations/ Federations/ Councils/ Networks, Public Sector Undertakings, Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Economic Research Institutions, Universities, Regional Bodies/Groups, Academic Institutions, INGOs, Development Organizations for SMEs, Research & Training Institutions, Small Business Development Centers, Science & Technology Parks, Students, Researchers, Small Business Enterprises and Large Stakeholder Organizations safeguarding the interests of their respective sectors for SMEs. ISSME affiliates are located at different parts of the world designated as Honorary Permanent Representatives and Senior Advisors.
The ability to interact and connect with one another through ISSME provides its members, affiliates and partners an opportunity to enrich and expand their contributions to the global business community.
These personal and professional contacts in other countries and across cultures give ISSME members, affiliates and partner an advantage in the global marketplace.
ISSME, which is supported in its endeavour by a global network of highly-qualified experts, promotes the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice.
It is particularly focused on strategies and policies proven to be effective in sustaining SMEs and entrepreneurship. It ensures business cooperation amongst enterprises in different countries by helping with technology transfer and trade promotion. Its long list of functions includes gathering and sharing of information on policies and programmes; identifying centres for training of entrepreneurs and personnel employed by them and providing adequate marketing opportunities to small businesses by enabling their participation in global events. It also undertakes studies and research on various aspects which are crucial for small businesses.
ISSME brings out monthly newsmagazine “SME Voice” featuring developments in the SME sector around the world; fortnightly bulletin “Global SME Watch”; four quarterly journals “International Journal for Small and Medium Enterprises”; “International Journal on Women Entrepreneurship”; “International Journal on Innovation and Technology Transfer”; and “International Journal on Rural Industrialisation” and two directories “World SME Directory” and “World SME Experts Directory”.
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