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The First Forum on Enterprise Incubation

Casablanca's Technopark and InfoDev organize the first Regional Forum on the Enterprise Incubation, from January 31 to February 3rd, 2006 under the Ministry of Economic and General Affairs auspice.

This first forum for MENA Region will bring together InfoDev program grantees, regional incubators, government policy-makers, donors agencies, private sector players and other international agencies and organisms.

The main theme of the Forum, "innovation and entrepreneurship in mena: challenges and strategies", will cover areas such as an effective policy framework, private sector collaboration, the role of the public sector and donors, through the lens of practical experiences, as provided by the participants. The importance of mapping out country approaches to ensure the success and growth of SMEs, and the role of a regional network in this regard, will also be explored.
This three day knowledge sharing and learning event on innovation and entrepreneurship is held in an effort to capture and synthesize lessons from individual country experience to the regional level where the participants will present their challenges and successes.
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The forum will be interactive, providing maximum opportunity for discussion and reflection on the Region’s experience with these issues, the questions and challenges, and ways forward during the workshops.

The track, " innovation and entrepreneurship in mena: challenges and strategies" will highlight lessons from the private sector, industry players and organizations providing incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship services that are geared towards ensuring the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and their participation in economic activities. Entrepreneurships – Policy and Regulation, Growth Financing, and the ICT Applications/Infrastructure will also be approached.

The track "innovation and entrepreneurship in MENA: the role of the public sector" focuses on policy initiatives for SMEs that governments have introduced to enhance innovation, entrepreneurship and SME development. Particular attention is given to initiatives that improve: financing (from micro-credit to venture capital); marketing and other business development services; the legal (e.g. intellectual property rights) and regulatory environment; and ICT infrastructure and services. It will profile various policy frameworks so participants can learn about what has worked and what has not worked in other countries and may be applicable to their circumstances. Other subjects will be handled: Innovation, Business Incubation and Enterprise Development Policies, Financing Policies for SMEs, Policy and Regulatory Reforms, and ICT Infrastructure and Cost of Access.

The track "Innovation and entrepreneurship in mena: make it happen" will build on the discussions from track one and two and propose actions that the private and public sectors, including donors, can take to address the constraints to innovation and entrepreneurship in MENA. It will also propose other themes about SME Development Tools, Business Incubation Services, Network Development of Innovators and also about Entrepreneurs and New Mechanisms for Addressing Constraints such as Financing.

The track, "Professional development for business incubators and ICT and ICT-enabled SMEs": This session is open to participants interested in professional development for organizations involved in business incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship development. It addresses skills, tools and approaches used, so managers and staff can improve their expertise to respond to internal issues, external challenges and the needs of their clients. These subjects will be handled: Incubation Management and Tenant Company Development, Management of Networks of Investors and Tenant Companies, and Monitoring Evaluation and Import Assessment.

About InfoDev

The Information for Development Program (infoDev) is an innovative partnership of international organizations, coordinated and served by an expert secretariat at the World Bank. infoDev focuses on how information and communication technologies (ICT) can help to combat poverty and promote opportunity, empowerment and economic growth in developing countries. In 2002, with support from the Government of Japan, infoDev launched its Incubator Initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and private sector development in developing countries. Currently, this Initiative facilitates the emergence and development of ICT-enabled SMEs in developing countries by supporting a global network of over 40 business incubators.

Casablanca 02-02-2006
Yann Rotil
Info Dev

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