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Hyderabad: The Indian School of Business (ISB) hosted a symposium 'Building SME Linkages in SEZs' recently at its Hyderabad campus.

The symposium brought together, policy and decision makers from both the centre and the states, public and private SEZ developers, industry, civil society and academia.

They will work together to identify bottlenecks, propose solutions and enhance the effectiveness of SEZs by establishing stronger linkages with SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This symposium was organised by the Wadhwani Centre of Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) at ISB, in association with Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (APIIC), Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on the ocassion, Dr Krishna Tanuku, executive director, WCED at ISB said, "While SEZs in India have been expanding due to regulatory and industry support, they have not reached their full potential. SMEs in India need to work more closely with SEZs, to gain from facilities extended by them. WCED would like to play the role of a facilitator in influencing policy changes to benefit both."

Spread over two days, the symposium comprised of several panel discussions to examine the indispensability of SEZs to the economy and elaborate upon the role of government and academia in supporting SME-SEZ linkages for reaping several benefits.