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Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Conference Begins Today

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce & Industry— with support from the Government of Japan, International Finance Cooperation, International Trade Center, USAID and other partners—will host the second annual national Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference and trade fair.Speaking to journalists at his Ministry of Commerce and Industry office on Ashmun and Gurley Streets, the Minister, Mr. Axel M. Addy, said this year’s conference would benefit business people and the country at large.The conference will showcase its secrets to success, network with big local regional and international investors, and explore unique opportunities for small businesses in Liberia.The theme for this year conference is “From Vision to Implementation: Buying Liberian, Building Liberia”—and this year’s spotlight will be focused on the ‘Agribusiness Experience in Liberia.’The conference will showcase made-in-Liberia cotton and artisanal cloth from Lofa County, production of domestic cassava and rice, as well as goods and services from a range of other sectors.The MSME week will take place from April 28- May 2, and highlight key policy activities that promote all things made in Liberia, namely: hosting the Liberia Entrepreneurial Exchange Round Table; launching the Liberian marketplace store; facilitating the Liberian experience through the arts for the promotion of intellectual property and announcing the first project under the Liberia innovation fund (LIFE).The conference will also focus on the launching of the Entrepreneur Plus (E+) program showcasing the most innovative entrepreneurs in the nation.The MSME conference will take place at the Monrovia City Hall on April 29 and 30.  It will include thematic plenary sessions on policy opportunities for MSME in the areas of: Access to Finance and Access to Markets, with multiple breakout sessions to allow more detailed discussions.During the conference, a number of qualified and merit-selected Liberian businesses will exhibit their products and services at the made-in-Liberian trade fair.The conference will highlight a roadmap to MSME policy and how it can help grow the MSME as well as promote networking between stakeholders for strategic business connections.There will be key business training and tools for MSME to run its daily operations and lesson in best-business practices from regionally active business leaders as well as take the opportunity to compete in the first national business competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE IRISH Cancer Society is furious today – with huge waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital.In a strongly-worded statement, the charity said a large number of people are waiting more than three months for a colonoscopy – a procedure used to check for bowel cancer and other conditions.A record number of people are waiting over three months for a colonoscopy, according to new figures from the Irish Cancer Society. It said 149 people are waiting more than three months for the procedure at Letterkenny General.The statistics come at a time when millions of euros worth of cuts are being made right across medical disciplines at the hospital. This is despite the fact the hospital is one of the most efficient in the country with cost-per-patient analysis showing it costs up to €1,000 less for each patient treated there compared to hospitals like Sligo General.There are growing fears over the ability of the hospital to provide 24/7 A&E services AND make the cuts ordered by Health Minister Dr James Reilly.Kathleen O’ Meara of the Irish Cancer Society said there was no reason why people should be waiting more than three months for a colonoscopy. Ms O’ Meara said the waiting list had to be dealt with in advance of the planned start of a national bowel-cancer screening programme on a phased basis next year.The ICS is to meet with the National Cancer Screening Service to discuss the issue.The society said it was encouraged by the changed role of the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which is to target particular backlogs, rather than accept routine referrals of patients waiting more than three months and said that this should help reduce the bowel-cancer screening waiting list.“There is no reason that people should be waiting more than three months for a colonoscopy and this has to be dealt with urgently in advance of bowel cancer screening,” she added.The Health Service Executive says it has put in place a plan which will see an extra 3,000 colonoscopies and related checks take place by the end of the year in hospitals where there are waiting lists. It also says that all urgent colonoscopies are performed within four weeks.CANCER CHARITY ANGRY AT LETTERKENNY WAITING LISTS was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkenny general hospital cutslast_img read more