Upskilling: Million small medium enterprises on digital platforms

Asifa Baig
Asifa Baig

Urgently needed is the open and bold discussion on national mobilization of entrepreneurialism on digital platforms.

Free technology and new global-age style mobilization of entrepreneurialism in simultaneous synchronization on digital platform while upskilling million small medium enterprises with in a nation a new reality. New and old economies of the world commonly faced with critical challenges on improving national exports to bring foreign exchange to boost their national economy.  The problems are directly related to shortages of superior-performance-education fitting global-age demands, high quality vocational training with massive upskilling in simultaneous synchronization. Today, more importantly lack of critical thinking and complex problem solving to stand up to global standards of quality and marketable performances is more visible.

Study deeply what’s stopping national digitization amongst nations. Digital divides are nothing but mental divides; refusing to accept technology and change. National leadership and institutionalized economic development trade groups like Chambers and trade Association already mandated to foster vertical markets growth must come under large new umbrella to acquire special understanding on “showcasing” for global image positioning and optimizing of digital platforms of exportability.  The entire exportability and foreign exchange problem in two words, “skills and confidence” where lack of skills strip confidence to open up a new world of 200 nations. Urgently needed is the open and bold discussion on national mobilization of entrepreneurialism on digital platforms.

Naseem Javed
Naseem Javed

In response to such challenges, Lahore Chamber of Commerce is receiving delegates headed by Madame Asifa Baig from Expothon, a Canadian Think-tank, to lead the discussions, on February 17, 2020, and explore various options on how to uplift 5000-10,000 SME across Pakistan and train them to open up many dozens of new markets with new bold ideas. Enters the Pentiana Project, a global age digital platform solution to uplift thousands of small medium businesses within a region of a nation on digital platforms and orient them on massive transformation to become export savvy. This is all about selecting key Chambers and Associations to identify 5000-10,000 small medium enterprises currently with US $2 million to US $20 million in annual turnover, keen to expand rapidly on growth and exports and to place them on a global digital platform and train them for exportability. This is global-age smartness in a bottle, with a straw on complex problem solving skills to allow standing up to global standards of performance and open a new world of 200 nations.

If such ideas are not funding but execution starved, who is in the game and who is not and why?

Nations must not lose any more time and demonstrate skills to grow under free falling rains of technology and create lush gardens of high quality small and medium enterprises enjoying quality growth, these strategies call for national agenda and deployments under new thinking… “Firing the first person for incompetence for saying they have no new funding to change and firing the next person for disorganization for saying they are too busy and have no time to change”

The Crosscurrents of Today: No need to wait for the arrival of The Forth Industrial Revolution; jump today, to the first industrial revolution of mind, adopt free technologies now, immediately advance on digitization and free platforms with massive training and transformation on critical thinking. Without any time to waste nations in export predicaments should become ‘platform economies’ and become export champions by national mobilization of entrepreneurialism to match global demands with best quality and value creation for the 200 nations.

Facts of today: Fact One: The world can easily absorb unlimited exportable ideas in unlimited vertical markets. Fact Two: The well-designed innovative ideas are worthy of such quadrupled volumes. Fact Three: The entrepreneurial and hard working nations blessed with natural resources are capable of such tasks.

Realities of today: Anything and everything work-production-related is now global in nature, understand well on how to work and produce for the global-standards. Anything and everything technology-related is almost free, check pricelists and explore options and eliminate fears of robots. Anything and everything demanding global-age-skills-related is often critically missing, make lifelong learning mandatory across the region or nation. National mobilization of entrepreneurialism is a new art and science on digital platforms. Awaken the nation with digital platforms.

Solutions of today: What deployment ready strategies are in place for National Mobilization of Entrepreneurialism on platform economies necessary to uplift midsize economy?  How will Chambers of Commerce of the world on digital platforms start to showcase members and what positive energy will it create when the 11,000 chambers with 45 million come into action? When hidden national talents boosted, “showcased” and entrepreneurialism rises across the nation, when women entrepreneurs come in the play, and 5,000-10,000 SME in the game how much exportability will all this create? Without any high level round tables discussions with bold and open dialogue the export problems will only grow, market opportunities missed and smarter nations getting far ahead.

(Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher, Chairman of Expothon Worldwide; a Think tank on Image Supremacy of Innovative Excellence & Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is leading charge on entrepreneurial leadership transformation and a recognized authority on global digital trends, image complexities how they impact business performances and create global age skill shifts. His recent work on Expothon Strategy is getting global attention. His latest new book; Alpha Dreamers; the five billions connected who will change the world. He can be connected via LinkedIn:


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