15-17 May 2017
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Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains

Background and scope

Production processes are increasingly organized along global value chains (GVCs) in which the different stages of production are distributed across suppliers and producers in different countries. By effectively leveraging these value chains, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can competitively access new channels for their products and services, increase their productivity, expand their profitability and find new markets.

Competitiveness is a challenge for many SMEs because they suffer from ageing of manufacturing tools, low rates of robotization and digitalization and an overall power asymmetry between buyers and suppliers. To realize the benefit from participating in global value chains requires SMEs to enhance their managerial skills, increase their financial resources, comply with standards, upgrade their technological tools and processes and innovate continuously. These require smart investment and innovation choices for each SME.

SMEs also need a conducive business environment to successfully integrate into global markets. Governments and affiliated institutions play a fundamental role in the success of SME innovation because they create the business environment. The most supportive environment for innovation comes from collaboration between government, institutions and SMEs to upgrade their technical and business capabilities while reducing their regulatory burden.

The Conference is an opportunity to explore ideas to improve SME productivity in GVCs. Policy makers from the host country Mexico and OAS (Organization of American States) member countries engage in a constructive dialogue with INSME members and innovation stakeholders to improve SMEs competitiveness through innovation.

Objectives
The 13th INSME Annual Conference Meeting aims:

  1. To understand specific issues that hinder SMEs from effective participation in global value chains
  2. To identify opportunities to enhance SMEs productivity through innovation
  3. To explore and adopt transferrable and measurable global best practices to catalyze growth of SMEs
  4. To help SMEs access new channels and  markets

 

Agenda

Monday – 15th of May 201713th INSME Annual Meeting
09.00 - 09.30 Registration and welcome coffee
09.30 - 10.30

Workshop 1 - “Born-global” Companies

  • Nava Swersky Sofer - President, International Commercialization Alliance-ICA, Canada/Israel
  • Gabriel Torres Espinoza - President, Jalisco Association of Creative Industries, Mexico
  • Rafael de Farias Costa Moreira - Advisor to the Director of Finance and Administration, SEBRAE, Brazil

10.30 - 11.30

Workshop 2 – Internet of Things and IPRs

  • Elio De Tullio - Italian Attorney-at-Law and Lawyer, Registered European and Italian Trade Mark & Design Attorney, De Tullio & Partners, Italy
  • Alfredo Pacheco Vasquez - Director General, CANIETI, Mexico
  • Simona Marzetti - Italian Patent and Trademark Office, Head of International Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

11.30 - 12.30

Workshop 3- The Digitalization of SMEs

  • Alan Wilkins - Executive Member, Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics-GCEL, Switzerland
  • Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza - Chief Executive Officer, United States – Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), Mexico
  • Florin Ioan Rosu - Head of Unit, Directorate for Business Environment, Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with Business Environment, Romania

12.30 - 13.30

Workshop 4 – A New Tool for Scaling-up SMEs in Global Ecosystems

  • Maarouf Ramadan - Associate Professor, Kedge Business School, France
  • Alfredo Sanchez - CEO, iCluster & Co-chair, Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), Mexico
  • Gregory Detscher - Vice President of Sales, BestWork DATA, United States of America
  • Amado Villarreal - CEO, VGA Smart Development, S.A. de C.V., Mexico

11.30 - 13.30

INSME Board Meeting

INSME Board Members only

13.30 - 14.30

Lunch and networking

14.30 - 17.00

INSME General Assembly

INSME Members and invited guests only

18.00 - 20.00

Networking Cocktail

Puerto Vallarta International Convention Centre

 

Tuesday, - 16th of May 2017INSME International Conference
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and welcome coffee
09.00 - 09.30

Joint INSME / OAS / OECD / SELA Opening Ceremony 

Responding to the Challenges of SMEs in the International Context

  • Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal - Minister of Economy, Mexico
  • Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz - Governor of State of Jalisco, Mexico
  • Sergio Arzeni - President, INSME, Italy
  • Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS
  • Héctor Larios Córdoba, President of the Commerce and Industrial Development Commission, Chamber of Senators, Mexico.
  • Jorge Davila - President of the Commission of Economy, Chamber of Deputies, Mexico
  • Juan Pablo Castañon - President of the Business Coordination Council, Mexico
  • Alejandro González Hernández - Coordinator General of Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring, INADEM, Mexico

09.30 - 10.30

Keynote Presentation

  • Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal - Minister of Economy, Mexico
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 12.00

Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains

Keynote Presentation

  • Frank J Devlyn - President and CEO, Devlyn Optical Group, Mexico

Discussion with the floor

12.00 - 13.00

Session I

The Open Innovation Paradigm and the Internationalization of R&D: challenges and opportunities for SMEs

Chairman:

  • Hamsa Thota - President, Innovation Business Development-IBD, United States of America

Speakers:  

  • Damian Testori - Chief of Staff of the Undersecretariat of SMEs, Ministry of Production, Argentina
  • María Cristina Carreon Sanchez – Deputy Director General of Innovation, Services and Domestic Trade, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
  • Alfredo Sanchez - CEO, iCluster & Co-chair, Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), Mexico
  • Danka Milojkovic - Director, Cluster House, Republic of Serbia

Discussion with the floor

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch and networking
14.30 - 15.30

Session II:

Digital Technologies as a Catalyst for International Growth and Productivity

Chairman: tbc

Speakers:

  • Jaime Reyes - Secretary, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, State of Jalisco, Mexico
  • Gregory Bird - Deputy Secretary General, Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics-GCEL, Switzerland
  • Chuck Russell - Board Member, Global Trust Registry-GTR & Chairman and CEO, BestWork DATA, United States of America
  • Martin Godel - Head SME Policy, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Promotion Activities Directorate, Switzerland

Discussion with the floor

15.30 - 16.30

Session III

The Sharing Economy and its disruptive Business Models

Chairman:

  • Jay Mitra - Professor, Essex Business School, United Kingdom

Speakers:

  • Elfid Torres – CEO, Fundes, Mexico
  • Dario Mazzella – Project Manager, META Group, Italy
  • Guillermo Ortega - Founding CEO, Mexico Media Lab S21, Mexico

Discussion with the floor

16.30 - 18.30

Drafting session of the “INSME Conclusions” from Innovation Practitioners and Experts

(Internal meeting)

20.00 - 22.00

Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner will take place at Puerto Vallarta Port

 

Wednesday - 17th of May 2017INSME–International Conference
08.30 - 09.00

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 - 10.00

Introductory Remarks by INSME and OAS

Presentation of the Conclusions from Innovation Practitioners and Experts

  • Sergio Arzeni- President, INSME, Italy

    Presentation of the “INSME Conclusions” from Innovation Practitioners and Experts

  • Maryse Robert - Director, General Secretariat, OAS, United States of America
10.00 - 11.00

Session IV
Increasing SMEs’ Productivity and long-term growth on a global scale through innovation

Chairman:

  • Marcia Montes Cantillo - Vice Minister, Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Costa Rica

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Potter - Senior Economist, OECD, France
  • Juan Carlos Elorza - Director, Productive and Financial Development, Development Bank of Latin America, Venezuela
  • Jeniffer Gabriela Vasquez Padilla- Specialist in Technology Transfer Policy and Normativity, Ministry of Production, Peru
  • Alejandro González Hernández - Coordinator General of Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring, INADEM, Mexico
  • Melanie Gideon - General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE, Belize
Discussion with the floor
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.30

Session V

Creating a nurturing environment for SMEs

Chairman:

  • Marco Marchese - Policy Analyst, OECD, France

Speakers:

  • Jaime del Castillo - Professor of the Department of Applied Economy; Basque Country University UPV-EHU, Spain
  • Hector Aguerrebere - Undersecretary of Agriculture, State of Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Jorge Mario Soto - Comptroller, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
  • Guillermo Moncecchi - Undersecretary for Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay
  • Rossana Fuentes Berain - Founding CEO, Mexico Media Lab S21, Mexico
  • Abdullah Al Jufaili *- General Manager, SHARAKAH - Fund for Development of Youth Projects (S.A.O.C.), Sultanate of Oman
  • Ibrahim Al Mansoori - Chief Operations Officer, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, United Arab Emirates
Discussion with the floor
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch and networking
14.30 - 16.30

Session VI

Engaging SMEs in Global Value Chains

Chairman:

  • Eduardo Piedra, Deputy Director General of Economic Productivity, Ministry of Finance, Mexico

Speakers:

  • Leonardo Iacovone - Representative for Mexico and Colombia, World Bank, United States of America
  • Maria Lucia Castrillon Simmonds - Director, PROPAIS, Colombia
  • Hernan Manson* - Senior Sector Development Officer, International Trade Centre, Switzerland
  • Rafael de Farias Costa Moreira - Advisor to the Director of Finance and Administration, SEBRAE, Brazil
  • Rolando Zubiran Robert - Director General of Strategic Programs and Regional Development, INADEM, Mexico
Discussion with the floor
16.30 - 17.00

Conclusions

  • Giovanni Zazzerini – Secretary General, INSME, Italy
  • Ivan Ornelas Diaz – Coordinator of the International Area, INADEM, Mexico

*Speakers to be confirmed

Translation service from English to Spanish and vice-versa will be provided on the 16th and 17th of May