Holder of an MBA and a graduate of the prestigious Universities of Sherbrooke (Quebec) and Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne (France), Mr. Salimou Bamba is an Expert in Economic Development and World Class Business Practice and has been assisting for more than 17 years public and private sector organizations in the development and implementation of growth and value creation plans.
The Government, by deciding to adopt an ambitious Strategy to support the development of SMEs, inspired by the emerging countries model, built on the premise that: "the fabric of SMEs is the main engine of economic growth; employment and innovation ", gives itself the means to have an important lever for the structural transformation of the economy and inclusive development.
The operationalization of the Ivory Coast SME Agency by the decree n ° 2016-1102 of December 07, 2016, as national organization of implementation of the SME development strategy, after its creation by the law n ° 2014- 140 of March 24, 2014, is only the perfect illustration of this commitment confirmed by my appointment on September 27, 2017 as Director General.
That is why, as soon as I took office on October 30, 2017, we carried out benchmarking missions to inspire us with success stories in order to make Ivory Coast SME Agency a competitive agency and raise it to the size internationally renowned agencies.
By setting ourselves this ambition, we want to engage with the Government, in synergy of action with all institutional partners and all players in the ecosystem of SMEs to provide concrete solutions to the most specific needs of Ivorian companies.
Admittedly, we are not without knowing the greatness of the challenges to be addressed, in this case the mobilization of financial resources to support a private sector and more dynamic and competitive SMEs. But, the strong commitment of the highest authorities to make Côte d'Ivoire an emerging country whose economy is based on a private sector provider of inclusive growth and jobs, gives us objective reasons to believe in the realization of our ambitions.
We would like, rightly, to thank His Excellency the President of the Republic whose vision of an emerging and prosperous Ivory Coast in 2020 in terms of SME development is cleverly operationalized under the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Amadou GON, Prime Minister and executed by Mr. Souleymane DIARRASSOUBA, Minister of Trade, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs.
Finally, we also know that we can count on all the public actors, consular chambers, SME organizations and development partners for a full and complete adhesion of all to enrich our approach by the different experiences for the construction of an emerging Ivory Coast, transformed by the energy of our creativity and driven by innovation.
Thank you and welcome on the website of Ivory Coast PME Agency.
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