Date(s) - 12/10/2016 - 13/10/2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Datacom 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.
Twenty-seven participants from a range or organizations, including Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Young Entrepreneur Association, Lao Coffee Association, Rattana Business Administration College, Champasak University, Souphanouvong University, National University of Laos, Laos – Japan Human Resource Development Institute (LJI), Economic Research Institute for Trade (ERIT), Lao-India Entrepreneurship Development Center, Enterprise & Development Consultants, Co., and TOH – LAO Coworking Space & Service participated in the two-day training.
Dr. Keomorakoth Sidlakone, Deputy Director General of DOSMEP delivered the opening remarks on behalf of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, while Mr. Noah Geesaman, Economic and Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy Vientiane delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of USAID.
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.