EMPRETEC and UNDP Conclude Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship

Oct 2, 2016

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, H.E. Kiya Masahiko poses for a picture with two trainers after handing them special awards.

UNDP South Sudan recently concluded a 6-day training workshop on entrepreneurship as part of its new Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Programme. The program resumes after its original launch in July, providing entrepreneurship training for the second cohort of 40 trainees. 

The training represents the first pilot phase to introduce the EMPRETEC approach and test its suitability for South Sudan. The training was facilitated by UNCTAD-certified entrepreneurship master trainers from EMPRETEC Ghana Foundation.

The two sets of trainings for a total of 80 South Sudanese entrepreneurs (50% women) was geared towards a achieving transformational change by unleashing the growth potential of micro and small-scale enterprises, to transform livelihood farmers to economic farmers by 2019 through entrepreneurial skills development, and the provision of a comprehensive range of business advisory services, with a special focus on unemployed youth and women. 

EMPRETEC Ghana director, Nana Buwateh, said the training was “very important and needful” as it was aimed at developing the human resource potential of the participants to be able to create more employment and wealth. 

“The training will improve the quality and entrepreneurial mindset of people who must convert whatever that is convertible into wealth in the country,” he said.

Dr. Addis Ababa , representative of Equity Bank in South Sudan, said the training is expected to expose the participants to the basics of being a successful entrepreneur. He expressed commitment to support the graduates set up successful and growth oriented enterprises.

“This is the right approach for you and this should be implemented. This training initiative involves management training, mentorship and financing also. It is also important to have the engagement of the banking sector, and it is a great pleasure to see the presence of Equity Bank representative here because to make anything happen you need ideas, supporters and funding,” said Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Mr. Kiya Masahiko, at the closing ceremony.

Speaking on behalf of UNDP, Senior Programme Advisor Lealem Berhanu Dinku said the focus of the the new program is on business development support, entrepreneurship training, management skills development, and access to credit. The programme also seeks to develop and support entrepreneurs and help establish an enduring private sector in the country.

“This program is aligned with the Government of South Sudan’s Growth Strategy which prioritizes Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as essential components of any growing and dynamic economy,” Mr. Dinku explained.

The trainees who have completed the course and issued with certificates will further undergo a competitive selection process to be trained as the trainer of trainers (TOT) and business development service advisors to take care of planned future entrepreneurship training workshops.  As the pilot phase scales up, the trained entrepreneurs would be given start-up support to initiate new businesses or sustain the existing ones.

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