Seychellois MSME Operators Benefit from Course Supported by African Development Bank
Victoria, Seychelles, August 25th 2016 - Over 20 Seychellois MSME operators from various sectors, are participating in the very first session of the Entrepreneurship Skills Development Course under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Project which is fully funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA). The capacity building exercise kicked-off on Wednesday morning at the Guy Morel institute, Ma Joie.
The three-day session is being facilitated by Ms. Audrey Kahara-Kawuki, a senior consultant of the Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Innovation. Ms. Kawuki is responsible for developing the course which aims to equip participants with the essential knowledge and skills required for the development and running of a successful business.
Some of the participants attending the session are business owners whilst others are aspiring business owners. Martin Lebon, a young entrepreneur who owns a local video production company, Island Vision, sees this training as a self evaluating exercise. "The training is allowing me to look back on my weaknesses and strong points since I started Island Vision a few years ago. I intend to use this information to improve on the way I'm managing my business today," said Mr. Lebon.
Mrs. Mandy Gappy aspires to have her own business one day. She says that, so far, she is finding the training session very interesting as she is gaining more knowledge about business startup. " I think this training is a very good opportunity for me to learn about starting a business, which I had no notion about prior to this," said Mrs. Gappy.
The Entrepreneurship Skills Development Course (this is repetition) is expected to benefit 500 MSME entrepreneurs during the course of the MSME Development Project. It is being conducted by the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (SEnPA) in collaboration with the University of Seychelles (UniSey) through the newly created Entrepreneurship Center and the Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Innovation (MIEDBI).
All three stakeholders share the common goal to build entrepreneurial capacity in Seychelles;and this is why they are inviting local MSME entrepreneurs to seize this opportunity to develop their businesses. It is hoped, however, that this initiative will not only benefit private sector operators but will also have a positive impact on the entire population as it will result in job creation and will influence economic competitiveness within the country.
"In September we will undergo an aggressive marketing exercise to recruit participants who are serious about developing or starting up a business. Anyone who is committed to making their business successful is being invited to take part in this training exercise which will come at zero cost to them," said Mrs. Shella Mohideen, Dean, The Guy Morel Institute.
The Entrepreneurship Skills Development Course and capacity building exercise is expected to run through until February 2017 and participants can register with either SEnPA or with UniSeY.