World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) is a global non-profit organization, headquartered at Noida, India, that has been spearheading the cause and development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) world over since its inception in 1980.

Over 35 years, WASME has emerged as one of the most representative, effective and leading international organization working towards the promotion of SMEs worldwide through Policy Advocacy, Information Dissemination, Conferences, Seminars, Events, Trainings, Publication, Network linkages and many more.

WASME enjoys consultative status with many UN agencies such asUNCTAD, ITC, WIPO, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICITRAL, UNESCAP and ILO, several intergovernmental and international organizations like WCO, OECD, ICSB, APEC, APCTT, etc.

Still, WASME is emerging as a powerful international organization with representatives in different parts of the world that include Permanent Representatives, Senior Advisors, External Consultants etc.


To build WASME as a foremost world private and cohesive community of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that is dedicated to strengthen and foster them as prime driver of global economy



Mr. Alhaji Babale Umaru Girei

Secretary General

Mr. Gyan Prakash Agrawal

Executive Director

Ms. Sampa Banerjee

Our Mission Statement

The mission of WASME is to be a catalyst in strengthening national and international cooperation for the growth and development of SMEs.

           A synergistic network for MSMEs, national government, ministries, financial institutes, SME promotion agencies, international organization etc.

           National and international cooperation for MSMEs through policy advocacy, information dissemination, events, trainings and other activities.

Set Up
           WASME as strategic resource centre for MSMEs facilitating networking, business meetings, financial assistance, technology transfer, knowledge            assistance, skill and entrepreneurship development, consultancy etc.

Create Mechanism
           To assess and facilitate cost-effective international networking and trade opportunities for aspiring MSMEs.

Be a Catalyst
           For SMEs to be more competitive, environment friendly socially responsive, culturally sensitive and ethical in their business practices.

Articulating concerns and interests of SMEs at various UN and international fora.

Networking with related/similar organisations.

Capacity building of SMEs through managerial and skill development programmes.

Developing relationship between SMEs in developed and developing countries by encouraging enterprise-to-enterprise cooperation.

Enlarging collaboration with UN agencies and international organisations.

Disseminating information on and about international developments in SME sector.

Carrying out research and studies on topical issues confronting SMEs.

Our Objectives

International Cooperation

Governance Structure


The Council is the apex policy making body of WASME and is presided over by the President and in his absence by one of the Vice Presidents. Council consists of all the members of the Society and meets at least once in two years.

Governing Body

The Governing Body is the supreme executive agency of WASME. The affairs of WASME are managed, administered, directed and controlled by the Governing Body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Society.


The WASME Bureau consisting of President, Vice Presidents, Secretary General and Treasurer. The Bureau exercises powers of the Governing Body in between its meetings. All decisions taken by the Bureau are reported at the meeting of the Governing Body.

Our Achievements

Leading Organization

Only international NGO of SMEs that enjoys Consultative/ Observer status with UN agencies including UNCTAD, UNIDO, WIPO, WCO, UNDP, UNCITRAL, UNESCAP, international and intergovernmental organizations


Several policy recommendations at both national and international forums and Active deliberations at various meeting of UN and other international organisations


Strong membership in 112 countries to promote and support SMEs through collaboration mechanisms with local government bodies, regional authorities, institutes, international linkages, civil societies, SMEs etc

Conferences & Seminars

Held 21 WASMEICSME International Conference on SMEs in many countries and Several regional & national conferences on issues relevant to SMEs

Empowering Information

Expansive information dissemination through monthly ‘World SME News’ and fortnightly e- bulletin- ‘SME Update’ with over 20,000+ subscription world over and several books and publications in WASME library


Member of several committees, working groups and consortium throughout the Globe and Representatives all across world as Senior Advisor, Permanent Representatives, External Consultants and Bureau Officers

Enterprise Support

Facilitation for Knowledge, Legal Compliance, technology transfer, joint ventures, marketing linkages amongst enterprises etc

Integrated Projects

Implemented numerous shared projects with many international organisations all across world like INSEND, ICSB, NASA, ILO etc

Capacity Building

Numerous Workshops & Training Programmes to empower and enable competitiveness of SMEs

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