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Small and Medium Enterprise Development Plan 2004-2010

Small and Medium Enterprise Development Plan 2004-2010

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y warmest congratulations to the good people of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Smalland Medium Enterprise Development Council forinitiating the formulation of the
SME Development Plan2004-2010.
 I am also very grateful to the Japan InternationalCooperation Agency (JICA) for their valuable supportand generous assistance in the framing of this Plan.The National SME Agenda, which I launched one anda half years ago, as my Administration's prioritystrategy for economic development, has contributeda great deal to the growth of many existing businesses and the creation of newones. We shall build on these accomplishments, sustain them, and continue tomove forward through a long-term program that should make the SME sectora driving force in the growth of Philippine economy.It is my hope that through our continuing efforts, our SMEs, which comprise99.7% of all firms in the country and employ 69% of the labor force, will emergeas a powerful engine for growth. SMEdevelopment is so important that in myten-point agenda for the next six years, three million entrepreneurs shall receivefinancial and other forms of assistance to enable them to contribute to thegeneration of six to ten million jobs. This shall give tremendous boost to thediversification of industries and the equitable distribution of wealth.I now endorse the
SME Development Plan (2004-2010)
to the major stakeholdersof SME development-the concerned government agencies, our partners in theprivate sector, and most of all, to the SMEs to whom all these efforts aredirected. May the perspective and direction this Plan provides lead us to ourshared vision of a strong and globally competitive Philippines.
Mabuhay kayong lahat!
President of the Republic of the Philippines
he SME sector's tremendous potential as aweapon in the fight against poverty, through jobgeneration, equitable distribution of income, anddispersal of economic activities in the countryside,has guided the Arroyo Administration'sdevelopment thrust from the beginning.We at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI),as the lead agency in the national effort to developSMEs, breathe life into the government's SMEdevelopment program, the National SME Agenda,through an integrated approach that addresses thevarious concerns of our entrepreneurs.The program is directed at increasing the number of new SMEs and enhancingthe competitiveness of existing ones, taking into consideration the challengesposed by world trade liberalization and fast technological changes.In order to support and sustain the gains of the National SME Agenda in fulfillingits vision for SMEs in the long term, a six-year strategic development plan wascrafted, geared towards achieving a sustainable and competitive growth of SMEs.This Plan is in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's ten-point agenda forthe next six years, which includes assistance to three million entrepreneurs, andwhich in turn will contribute to the creation of six to ten million jobs.The DTI now presents with pride the
SME Development Plan (2004-2010),
aconsolidated and comprehensive roadmap for SME support programs.For this accomplishment, I would like to extend my gratitude to the SME CoreGroup and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council for theircritical roles in seeing this initiative come to fruition. I am particularly grateful tothe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their support in theformulation of this Plan. I would also like to commend the key stakeholders-various government agencies, the private sector and the academe, whose inputsenriched the consultative discussions that went into the making of the Plan.With the
SME Development Plan (2004-2010),
we are on the road to a morevibrant SME sector and a more vigorous Philippine economy.
Sulong Pinoy!
 SecretaryDepartment of Trade and Industry

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