OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has said that the SME promotion and development is not possible without a strategy, urging the government to approach the SME promotion and development agenda strategically. President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver regretted that the government lacks political will to put SME promotion on fast track and has not implemented the SME Policy. Speaking at a meeting of entrepreneurs at a local club he stressed the need for focused attention on the impediments to SME growth and recalled the words of secretary of state Hillary Clinton who speaking to the media representatives said the SMEs growth is the key to economic progress and should not be overlooked. Emphasizing the need for educating the SMEs, giving them a healthy environment and sufficient energy to run their units he narrated that the SMEs are declined finance, subjected to harassment and devoid of fair treatment at the hands of the cartels and groups of big businessmen who control the prices and markets and hoard goods to speculate to their own benefits and vested interest. The participants expressed disgust at the state of affairs and requested the UNISAME committee to urgently take up the issues with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA). Thaver urged the government to examine the impediments identified by UNISAME and consider the remedial measures suggested by them and take strategic steps to ensure law and order prevails in industrial areas, provide technical and commercial education to SMEs, reduce load shedding to bare minimum, provide leasing facilities for generators on single digit mark up, reduce custom duties on raw materials and packing materials, instruct banks to finance the SMEs to buy machinery and bridge finance for imports and exports.