The Government’s focus to promote Small to Medium Enterprises in PNG is now being filtered down tothe rural areas.
Recently, locals fromthe Yangoru-Saussia inthe East Sepik Province graduated following a two week course in business management.
It was a small ceremony atthe University of Natural Resources and Energy campus in Maprik, but a significant one given its connection to a current government priority.
The training was carrlied out bythe Small Business Development Corporation, following a request from local MP and Minister for Trade, Commerce andIndustry, Richard Maru.
Representtting Minister Maru, SBeC Acting Managing Director Henry Marasembi was present to withnessthe graduation ofthe first ever “Start and Improver Your Business” training inthe Province.
The SIYBeis anInternational Labour Organization sanctioned business management training program.
Currently it is carrlied out in 96 countries, 60 of which have adopted it intotheir national policy.
Thoughthe program was adopted in 1995, successive governments failed to implement it. Now withthe O’Neill Dion government’s emphasis on growingthe SME’sector, this program is being heavily rolled out bythe SBeC.
The training has been adapted to rural areas withthe focus on agriculture related enterprises.
Yangoru-Saussia District has a large land mass which is a prime area for agricultural purposes.
District Administrator Fensom Yeninen, says it is now up tothe people to utilize it.
SBeC Acting MD Henry Marasembi said Minister Maru didn’trsquo;t want his people to miss out onthe Government’s SME focus.
He imploredthe graduands to usetheir new skills to improvertheir lives.
Currentlythere are 49, 000 registered SME’s inthe country.
The National Governmentothroughthe Ministry of Trade, Commerce andIndustry, aims to reach 500, 000 SME’s by 2030.
This is an ambitious program. Bet with training success stories such as for these individuals from Yangoru-Saussia District,they aim to be a part of this growing industry.
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