Tri-Nations Summit - Introduction

Tri-Nations Summits on Small & Medium Enterprises
Organized under IBSA ForumBy NSIC-India in cooperation with SEBRAE-Brazil and SEDA - South Africa

Tri-Nations Summit on Small & Medium Enterprises, sub-group of the main IBSA Forum, is a tri-national cooperative initiative of three organizations i.e. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) of India, Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) of Brazil and Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) of South Africa which aims to discuss issues related to MSMEs of these three countries and share their experiences for the development of MSMEs. The aim of the group is to enhance enterprise to enterprise cooperation in the field of micro, small & medium enterprises of the three countries.

This initiative dates back to April 2010 when its first meeting took place on the margins of the 4th IBSA Summit in Brasilia. A report of the Tri-nations Summits is presented to the Heads of State of the three countries at the Summit.

The Tri-Nations Summits have resulted into generating awareness about the strengths of Indian MSMEs in South Africa and Brazil and also about NSIC's expertise in promoting and developing micro and small enterprises.

Five Tri-Nations Summits have been held so far. They are -
I) 23-25 August 2006, Durban, South Africa
II) 17-18 September 2007, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
III) 18-22 November, 2008, Faridabad, India
IV) 14-15 April 2010, Brasilia, Brazil
V) 16-17 October 2011, Durban, South Africa

The various activities undertaken and key areas discussed by Tri-Nations Summits are- Exchange of business and technical delegations for knowledge and experience sharing. NSIC developed a Web Portal - which gives information on business opportunities and practices in the three countries. A Manufacturing Technology Demonstration Centre has been set up by SEDA in South Africa. Access to technology and innovation, exchange of knowledge and best practices, skill development and promotion of access to markets for small enterprises remain the core themes of all initiatives taken.

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