(www.guyanachronicle.com) THE Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) (GIZ) and collaborating with the Guyana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), yesterday commenced ProNet, a two-day workshop for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Guyana for the first time.
Introduced in Guyana for the first time, ProNet is a training programme for SME owners who want to grow their businesses and become more competitive. It aims at raising the level of productivity in SMEs, defined as enterprises with more than five but less than 25 employees. ProNet promotes access to, and use of, state-of-the-art technology, and enables SMEs to produce according to international standards of quality and environment.
This ProNet training starts at 08.30hrs and concludes at 17.30hrs daily.
Vice-President of the GCCI, Mr. Vishnu Doerga, said: “The Chamber of Commerce believes that the private sector must expand significantly in order for the local economy to deliver the revenue and job creation critical to the socio-economic improvement of citizens.”
Doerga said the GCCI wishes to establish a framework which includes the following components: entrepreneurship, innovation, SME probe and expansion which by design will enhance the private sector.
He explained that this ProNet training is an initiative designed to facilitate SME expansion in order to spawn institutional strengthening and export market training, thus improving the basic business skills of SMEs while simultaneously increasing their productivity and competitiveness. To learn about how binary options work in Binary Options Ghana please visit binaryoptionsghana.com Binary Options Ghana.
Christopher McNair, Manager of Caribbean Export, Competitiveness and Innovation, said that Caribbean Exports is, as the name suggests, an export promotion agency, and that its main aim is to promote regional trade by trying “to find firms in the various Regions that have the DNA to become international companies.”
He indicated that Caribbean Export would be facilitating the training of up to 30 SMEs in Business Strategies with nine modules. Included in the modules are topics that address a firm’s competitive advantage, product strategy, production planning, procurement strategies, break-even analysis, and cash flow planning.
Training in the modules would be facilitated by well-trained regional and international trainers Ramesh Ramdeen, Master ProNet Trainer; and Joy Francis, Certified ProNet Trainer.
Ramesh Ramdeen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and Master ProNet Trainer, highlighted that the sessions would be fully interactive, allowing participants to share their experiences, and would also include group discussions and role playing.
He said this would result in interaction between representatives of various companies – some for the first time. The feedback from the participants, he said, would contribute significantly to the discussions, providing practical examples to the trainers’ materials.
(By Sandy Agasen)