The CICA Business Forum and Small and Medium Enterprises’ Networking was convened in Bangkok, Thailand on 30 March 2011 with the aim of promoting the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in economic and social development, and further enhancing the inter-economic and trade relations among the CICA Member States in accordance with the Action Plan on the CICA Confidence Building Measures in the Economic Dimension. The Forum was chaired by Thailand and cochaired by the Russian Federation as the Coordinator of the Confidence Building Measures in the Economic Dimension and by Turkey as Chairman of CICA. The CICA Secretarial delegation was headed by Executive Director Ambassador Cinar Aldemir.
On the second day (31 March 2011) the CICA Sub-Group on Economic Dimension was chaired by Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas, Deputy Director-General of the Office of SMEs Promotion of Thailand and co-chaired by Ms. Natalia N. Strigunova, Deputy Director of Asia and Africa Department in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and Mr. Idem Akay, Head of Department in CICA Task Force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey. The Meeting provided the opportunity to review the developments that had taken place during the Business Forum on SMEs development and to identify the areas of cooperation and the modalities on the follow-up actions on the development for further cooperation.
A detailed report of the Forum is available on the link ‘Business Forum’.