• DTI launches SME ‘roving academy’

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    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched on Tuesday the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy for the “development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME),” to be competitive not just in local, but also in the international markets.

    The program is a partnership with MSME Development Council to provide MSMEs with “workshop-like training sessions” in the development of their operations.

    It presses for “inclusive growth,” and gives attention and support to clusters and cooperative MSMEs in different parts of the country.

    “We will integrate various services provided by all government agencies and private-sector organization that are into SME development,” said Jerry Clavesillas, DTI-Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development officer-in-charge.

    Clavesillas also said that the agency is seeking bonds with other local government units, chambers, finance, trade and industry institutions as well as the academe and other nongovernment organizations for the implementation of the program.

    The SME Roving Academy project aims to develop SMEs’ business development services both locally and internationally.

    The DTI stated that the program consists of seven stages, together with the Export Pathways Program—“start-up and capability building, market awareness, market and export readiness, export market entity, export sustainability and export expanision”—which are mostly focused on increasing product and/or service quality for export.

    But Clavesillas said that not all SMEs are required to engage in exports under the program.

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