Date(s) - 26/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
JS Luwansa Hotel
In May, ASEAN launched the ASEAN SME Academy (Academy) as an open-access, online training platform for SMEs in ASEAN. The Academy includes some 50 training courses and around 350 web-links to business information of direct interest and relevance to SMEs. ASEAN established the Academy to enhance SMEs’ ability to access financial products, regional and international markets, information and advisory services, and technology and innovation.
In an effort to spread the word about the Academy, ASEAN is organizing a series of training programs for business service providers around the region. The course is targeted at trade and entrepreneur associations, educational institutions, the private sector companies, and government agencies supporting SME development. Participants of the course are expected to provide training on Academy usage and access to the SMEs within their own networks.
Tengku Ady Yushan, the Secretary Deputy Minister for Production and Marketing, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, Government of Indonesia delivered the opening remarks, while Ms. Jennifer Wilson, ASEAN Affairs Advisor delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of USAID.
The two-day training of facilitators program aims to produce capable individuals to provide further training to the SMEs within their own networks and promote further growth of SMEs in the country. As such, the Academy is an important tool for promoting entrepreneurship in ASEAN.
The first day of the ToF program will examine the courses available on the Academy, many of which have been supplied by Fortune 500 company members of US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs (Business Alliance). Information resources as well as the user forums of the Academy will be the focus in the second day.
The training will be highly interactive and include activities to optimize learning outcomes. ToF participants will review both the theory and practice of Academy courses, identify good practices in training approaches, and work with US-ACTI to establish a network of Academy trainers.