Tuesday, March 14
10:30 to 15:45
Venue: 
Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
-Invite Only

Led by the United States Small Business Administration & the South African Department of Small Business Development

Participating Ministers will discuss policy experiences to increase the rate of new firm formation and to accelerate the pace at which small businesses scale. Informed by research and input from policy advisors, Ministers will have an opportunity to share current national entrepreneurship strategies and consider emerging policy prescriptions and program ideas aimed at increasing job creation and economic growth through entrepreneurial dynamics.

Note: This portion of the Ministerial will be closed to the press, and only a pre-vetted group of observers will be able to sit in the audience. Press will only be present during the last portion of the Ministerial, which is listed on the program as a “public session”.

Cabinet-level representatives include:

  • BENIN: Mr. Maurice Lazare Sehoueto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small & Medium Scale Enterprises 
  • CAMEROON: Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of SMEs
  • MALAYSIA: Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury  
  • MALI: Mr. Amadou Koita, Minister of Youth & Civic Construction  
  • NIGERIA: Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment
  • SAUDI ARABIA: Dr. Ghassan Alsulaiman, Governor of the SME Authority; and Ms. Sofana Dahlan, Vice President for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the SME Authority
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Ms. Lindiwe D. Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development
  • THAILAND: Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of the Digital Economy & Society
  • TUNISIA: Ms. Saida Ounissi, Secretary of State for Professional Development & Entrepreneurship
  • UGANDA: Mr. Gabriel Ajedra Aridru, Minister of State for Finance in the Ministry Finance, Planning and Economic Development  
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Mr. Eugene Cornelius, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade, Small Business Administrations
  • VIETNAM: Mr. Tung Van Tran, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology
  • ZAMBIA: Mrs. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, Cabinet Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry

The following nations will also send official government representation:

  • BAHRAIN: Dr. Ebrahim Mohamed Janahi, Chief Executive of Tamkeen Labor Fund
  • BERMUDA: Mr. Marico Thomas Deputy Chair Bermuda Economic Development Corporation; Mrs. Lynn Hamilton, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Development, Awareness and Education Sub Committee, Bermuda Economic Development Corp. 
  • COLOMBIA: Mr. Juan Carlos Garavito, Manager, Innpulsa Colombia, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism
  • DENMARK: Dr. Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority
  • EUROPEAN UNION: Mrs. Kristin Schreiber, Director for COSME Programme & SME Policy, European Commission
  • THE GAMBIA: Mrs. Anna Wadda, Principal Industrial Economist, Department of Small Business Development  
  • GHANA: Mr. Richard Osei-Anim, Senior Advisor to Government on Entrepreneurship
  • KENYA: Mr. Parmain Ole Narikae, Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Estates; Ms. Florence Kimata, SME Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives
  • ESTONIA: Mr. Mikk Vainik, Startup Policy Expert, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications
  • MADAGASCAR: Mr. Andry Ravalomanda, Director General for Private Sector Development, Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development
  • MEXICO: Mrs. Itzel Villa, Director General for Entrepreneur and Financing Programs, National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM)
  • PARAGUAY: Roberto Recalde, Minister, Paraguayan Embassy in South Africa
  • RWANDA: Mrs. Annette Karenzi, the Director General for Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs 
  • SLOVAK REPUBLIC: Mr. Michal Greno, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in South Africa

Representatives from international organizations include: 

  • Kauffman Foundation: Jason Wiens, Policy Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • NEPAD: Dr. Assane Mayaki, CEO, New Partnership for Africa's Development
  • OECD: Dr. Karen Wilson, Statistics and Development Finance, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development 
  • OIF: Mr. Eric Adja, Executive Director for Economic & Digital Affairs, Organisation International de la Francophonie  
  • UNCTAD: Mrs. Tatiana Krylova, Head of the Enterprise Branch, Division on Investments and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
  • WEF: Ms. Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • World Bank: Ms. Ellen Olafsen, Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice; and Mr. Paul Noumba Um, Country Director, Southern Africa, The World Bank
Moderators: 
Eugene Cornelius
U.S. Small Business Administration

United States

Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development

South Africa

Speaker Bios: 
Itzel Villa
National Intitute of the Entrepreneurship

Mexico

Tung Van Tran
Ministry of Science and Technology

Vietnam

Dr. Ghassan Alsulaiman
Small and Medium Enterprises Authority.

Saudi Arabia

Anders Hoffmann
Danish Business Authority

Denmark

Aisha Ababaker
State, Trade, Industry & Investment

Nigeria

Saida Ounissi
Ministry of Vocational Training & Employment

Tunisia

Dr Ebrahim Janahi
Labour Fund "Tamkeen"

Bahrain

Mikk Vainik
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications

Estonia

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Niger

Chabani Nourdine
Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development

Madagascar

Jason Wiens
Ewing Marion Kauffman Fundation

United States

Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society

Thailand

Karen Wilson
OECD

Switzerland

Ozan Acar
The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Turkey

Ellen Olafsen
World Bank

United States

Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah
Ministry of Finance

Malaysia

Kristin Schreiber
European Commission

Belgium

Tatiana Krylova
UNCTAD

Switzerland

Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network

United States