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The Gauteng Provincial Government has established a sound policy platform for SMME growth and development and this includes broad, overarching strategies such as the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR), Broad‐Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), the Accelerated and Shared Growth initiative for South Africa (ASGISA), and the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA), the National Skills Development Strategy and the National Local Economic Development Framework which established an important foundation for SMME development. Consequently, the GDED will be hosting the Provincial SMME Summit to establish a vibrant SMME sector that can effectively respond to the triple challenge of unemployment, job creation and poverty alleviation and ultimately generating higher production volumes.
The purpose of the summit is to create a platform for SMMEs within various sectors to dialogue and interface with corporates through B2B engagements - accelerate the development and empowerment of SMMEs. In addition, the SMME Provincial Summit represents an important trajectory for economic and social participation and upward mobility, by allowing disadvantaged or marginalised groups, including young people, women, ethnic minorities and the disabled, to participate in the economy.
In this regard, UNDP and GDED requires services of a service provider to provide support to the Gauteng Department of Economic Development in organising a Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises Summit in February 2021.