Countries / Territories

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day 2020


    WebTV programme

    The Great Lockdown and its Impact on Small Business

    This year we marked the International Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day with a webTV programme that took viewers on a virtual journey across continents in 90 minutes.

    Listen to more than 40 diverse speakers who gave engaging testimonials, shared immediate responses to the crisis, discussed solutions to mitigate the effects of the crisis, and prepared for a 'new normal.' 

    We have interviewed business owners and entrepreneurs from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.

    Learn brand-new business impact data and unique analysis from our flagship SME Competitiveness Report: COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its Impact on Small Business.

    Support the call for action to help small businesses recover in the post-pandemic period from business leaders, chambers of commerce, sector associations, trade and investment support institutions, cooperatives, governments, and international organizations.

    Share the video with your partners and on social media

    See the post-event report.


    Speakers featured in the programme:


    • Business support organizations
      • Ms. Fatima-Zohra Alaoui, General Manager, Association Marocaine des Industries du Textile et de l'Habillement
      • Ms. Afua Asare, CEO, Ghana Export Promotion Authority
      • Mr. Guy M'Bengue, CEO, APEX-Côte d'Ivoire
      • Mr. John W.H. Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
      • Ms. Faeeza Ibrahimsah, Manager, Communications and International Cooperation, The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry
      • Mr. Mounir Mouakhar, President, Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones


    • Corporate sector
      • Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO, Serena Hotels, South/Central Asia
      • Ms. Rika Jean-François, Commissioner, Corporate Social Responsibility, ITB Berlin
      • Mr. François Martins, Head of Government Relations Brazil, MercadoLibre
      • Ms. Katherine Milligan, Partner, Gender and Diversity, Bamboo Capital Partners
      • Ms. Lavinia Muth, CSR Manager, Armedangels


    • Entrepreneurs
      • Ms. Lysandra Chen, Co-founder, Bringo Fresh, Uganda
      • Ms. Mariana Cobo, Corpocampo, Colombia
      • Mr. Ibrahima Diagne, Managing Director, Gainde 2000, Senegal
      • Ms. Lucrecia de González, Founder, Casa Cotzal, Guatemala
      • Mr. Dmitry Grozoubinski, Founder, ExplainTrade.com
      • Mr. Amir Hamza, CEO, AMIMZA, Tanzania  
      • Ms. Aida Kerkeni, Medical Doctor and designer, Tunisia
      • Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong Lien, Founder, I Love Vietnam Tours, Vietnam
      • Mr. Adeloye Olanrewaju, Co-Founder and CEO, Babymigo, Nigeria
      • Mr. Brian Pallas, CEO, Chairman & Founder, Opportunity Network 
      • Ms. Marike de Peña, Executive Director, Banelino, Organic Fair Trade Farmer Cooperative, Dominican Republic
      • Ms. Priscilla Ruzibuka, Founder, Ki-pepeo Kids Clothing, Rwanda
      • Ms. Myat Su, Managing Director, Silk Road to Asia Travel and Tours, Myanmar
      • Ms. Rosalie Vatu, Bulvanua Arts & Handicrafts Co-operative Society, Vanuatu
      • Mr. Daniel Yu, Founder, Sokowatch, Kenya
      • Ms. Andrea Puente, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Panal Fresh, Bolivia


    • Intergovernmental organizations
      • Ms. Jacqueline Emmanuel Flood, Director of Economic Affairs and Regional Integration, Commission Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
      • H.E. Ambassador Albert Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union


    • International organizations
      • Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework
      • Ms. Natalia Bayona, Senior Expert, Innovation and Digital Transformation, United Nations Tourism OrganizationMs. Marion Jansen, Chief Economist and Director, Division of Market Development, International Trade Centre
      • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
      • Ms. Dorothy Tembo, Executive Director a.i. International Trade Centre
      • Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva


    • Media
      • Ms. Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga, Senior UN Correspondent, Geneva
      • Mr. Victor Kiprop, Journalist, Kenya


    • Member States
      • H.E. Ambassador José Luis Cancela, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the WTO, and Coordinator, Informal Working Group on MSMEs at the WTO
      • Mr. Alexandre Epalle, Director-General, Economic Development, Research & Innovation, State of Geneva
      • Ms. Anna Wadda, Assistant Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment, The Gambia


    •  Multi-stakeholder initiative
      • Ms. Lisa Süss, Strategy and Partner Development, Fair Wear Foundation