Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi

Director, The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects
UAE Ministry of economy

Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi is the Director of the National Program for SMEs and projects the operation arm of the UAE small and medium council chaired by H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori Minister of Economy. In 2008-2018, Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi worked as the Director, Foreign Trade & Export Support at the Department of economic Development- Abu Dhabi (DED). During this period, he has supervised the development of the Emirate’s export support services to assist companies develop their export capabilities. His role was supervising the implementation of the Emirate’s export agency strategy, this expanded the ability of the government to provide export development support to Abu Dhabi operating companies. He was a member of Abu Dhabi Free Trade agreements committee working on issues affecting Abu Dhabi’s international trade. During his service to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, he has worked as an economic research and international business executive and involved with the development of the Abu Dhabi 2000-2020 Strategic Plan with the United Nations Development Program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UAE University and Master Degree in economic development from Bradford University in UK and completed his PhD in political economy from Belfast University in Ireland.


Sessions of the speaker

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

11:00 – 11:50

For SMEs to thrive in a country, they need to be supplied with a suitable environment to function in, to set up, get registered and thrive. In this session, speakers will discuss the benchmark policies governments have set up to promote SME development and what needs to be done by governments for further promotion of SMEs.

11:00 – 11:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Dr. Ashraf Mahate
Chief Economist – Trade and Economic Development
Dubai Exports

11:05 – 11:15

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi
Director, The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects
UAE Ministry of economy

11:15 – 11:45

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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H.E. Madame TICHA Virginie
President
International Federation of Consular Chambers of Africa (FICA)
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Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki (PhD)
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
East African Business Council (EABC)
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Essam Omran Disi
Director of Strategy & Policy
Dubai SME
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Noor Azmi Mat Said
Chief Executive Officer
SME Corporation Malaysia
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Tuba Terekli
Executive Advisor
Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh