Kick-Off Meeting for the SME Development and Empowerment Project
Date: 06-07 February 2017
Venue: Istanbul - Türkiye

SESRIC hosted the Kick-off Meeting for the SME Development and Empowerment Project under the “BINA INITIATIVE" in collaboration with the Libyan Programme for Reintegration and Development (LPRD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Istanbul, Turkey on 6-7 February 2017.

The main objective of the meeting was to come out with an implementation plan for building a Libyan SME Incubator Centre which will help in developing the Libyan economy through supporting entrepreneurships. The development of the Libyan SME Incubator is an essential part of the Bina Initiative which is a partnership program between SESRIC, LPRD and IDB that aims to help Libya, as a current fragile state, enhance its capabilities in certain determined areas.

The participating institutions were as follows:

  • Libyan SME Enterprise (LE)
  • Libyan National Planning Council
  • Libyan Economic Research Centre
  • Libyan Business Men Council
  • Libyan Programme for Reintegration and Development (LPRD)
  • Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
  • Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) / Turkey-Libya Business Council
  • Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB)
  • The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)

During the opening session, H.E. Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya, Director General of SESRIC, welcomed the guests and expressed SESRIC’s commitment to support the reintegration and development process of Libya, through collaboration of IDB, LPRD and local and regional authorities. He stated that the launching of the SME Development and Empowerment Project under the BINA Initiative will hopefully help create a diverse and sustainable Libyan economy by enriching the role of entrepreneurships.

Mr. Mustafa El Sagezli, General Manager of LPRD, indicated at his opening remarks the importance of the SME Development and Empowerment Project together with other projects under BINA Programme. He stated that expanding the private sector in Libya will contribute to the rebuilding and stabilizing of the country.

At his opening remarks, Mr. Saleh Jelassi, Resident Representative of IDB Country Gateway Office in Turkey, mentioned that the Bank attaches an utmost importance to this program in order to contribute one of its transition countries. He stated that the process of increasing the institutional capacities of the fragile and transition countries is very painful and takes a long time. However, this motivates the Bank to put its efforts in order to assist its fragile member countries on the way to become more resilient.

After the opening session, the meeting continued with the introduction of partner institutions on their role in the field of SMEs and the presentations on the private sector and current SME sector of Libya.

During the round table session, the following topics were discussed in order to identify the implementation roadmap of the project:

  • Governance Structure
  • Timeline of Activities
  • Training Programs and Implementation Phases
  • Location of the Business Development Center
  • Research Study on “Supporting the private sector and SME Development”
  • Smart Partnerships