Date(s) - 27/09/2016 - 28/09/2016
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Philippine Trade Training Center
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.
Thirty-one participants from a range or organizations, including DTI Regional Centers, the Philip-pine Trade Training Center, the Export Management Bureau, the DTI National Capital Region Office, the U.P. Institute for Small-Scale Industries, the Philippine Exporters Confederation, the Philippine Franchise Association, the Management Association of the Philippines, the Entrepinoy Volunteers Foundation, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries participated in the two-day training.
Ms. Alicia M. Opeña, Division Chief of Policy Re-search Division (PRD), will give the opening remarks on behalf of DTI-BSMED, while Mr. John Avila, Program Management Specialist, Office of Economic Development Governance, will deliver the welcome remarks on behalf of USAID/Philippines.
The two-day training of trainers 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 ToT 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. ToT 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.