The International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME) – headquartered at New Delhi, India – works with its members, affiliates and partners across the globe for the promotion and development of micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It has working relationship with concerned agencies in UN system such as ECOSOC, DESA, UNESCAP, etc. and it also cooperates actively with several intergovernmental and international organizations like UNGC. ISSME has three dimensional work approach: First, to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of SMEs; Second, to ensure development of its member organizations; and, Third, to continuously take ISSME on growth path.
The Secretariat of ISSME, which is the nerve centre of the organization, manages the affairs of the Organization and implements the strategy plan in compliance with rules & regulations of the Society and guidelines set by the Governing Body and Council of ISSME. The Secretariat appoints the Affiliates who extend their unstinted support to ISSME in achieving its goal. The Secretariat team comprises experienced professionals who work like a close-knit family and put in their painstaking efforts to render quality services for the wellbeing of SME sector world over. All steps initiated by ISSME in its endeavor to support MSMEs and achievements made by it are informed to the Governing Body at regular intervals. ISSME has country representatives who chiefly take care of ISSME activities in their respective countries. The Secretariat gives directions to them in undertaking the activities.
The Secretariat coordinates closely with the officer bearers, members and affiliates to put in concerted and consolidated efforts towards SME development. It also participates in the meetings of UN agencies and international organizations as well as other important platforms meant for SMEs to advocate the cause and development of SMEs. Advisors and Change Agents provide their useful inputs in strategizing the action plan and designing appropriate work programmes for taking ISSME on growth path.