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Successful ISBC held in Johannesburg

BSSA was indirectly involved in the highly successful 2012 International Small Business Congress (ISBC) held in Johannesburg in September.

It was the first time this major annual event, which brought together policymakers and SMME owners from all over the world, was held in Africa. The theme of the event was “Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide”.

The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) and the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (Fabcos) co-hosted the ISBC. Supporting organisations included the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the National Small Business Advisory Council (NSBAC), the Institute of Business Advisers (IBA), the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), Khula Enterprise Finance, and the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Former BSSA trustee and Osiba Research director Septi Bukula headed up the organising committee. BSSA deputy CEO Elize Bezuidenhout was also a member of this committee.

The ISBC has been held annually since the first event in Hawaii in 1974. The event aims to bring together representatives from trade associations, governments, financial institutions, business support organisations and academic communities to exchange views about SMME business problems, and policies and programmes to assist them.

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