The Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (ESEPARC) is hosting a public lecture on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector and its role in industrialisation.

The lecture to be presented by Wits Business School Director and professor of finance, Dr Paul Alagidede, will provide insights on new perspectives on SMEs and industrialisation in Eswatini, as well as options for transforming the SME sector and a new approach to industries of the fifth world based on balance in all spheres of economics.

ESEPARC has partnered with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade’s SME Unit to host the lecture which is also receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Eswatini. Also to be presented at the lecture are perspectives – anchored on research conducted by ESEPARC – on entrepreneurship and opportunities available for SMEs in Eswatini. The event, which is also open to SME practitioners and the public, will be held at Happy Valley Hotel on Thursday (January 17), starting at 9 am.