ASEAN Online SME Academy in Region 2

TUGUEGARAO CITY — In line with promoting access to and usage of the ASEAN Online Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Academy, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 over the weekend conducted a training for trainers for the Negosyo Center Coordinators and Municipal Trade and Industry Officers at the Villablanca Hotel, Ugac Norte here.

DTI-02 information officer Manilyn Ponce, said Monday the two-day activity involved sharing of experiences of the participants on challenges encountered in extending the DTI Services to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), platform review of the ASEAN Academy features and experiencing the online learning in the academy, and shaping presentation skills by role playing the learned techniques from the course in the academy.

The participants are expected to provide further training to MSMEs within their own networks, Ponce said.

Ponce said the Academy will be of great help in the creation of a more conducive environment for MSME entrepreneurship.

The ASEAN Online SME Academy is a new online learning resource launched at the 6th Meeting of the SME Advisory Board in Singapore on May 31, 2016, which aims to help further grow the businesses of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asia.

The Online Academy offers courses and business information for MSMEs that is accessible through computers, smart phones, and tablets. Courses cover subjects on finance, accounting, management, marketing, operation, technology, trade and logistics.

The course materials were contributed by Baker & McKenzie, Facebook,Google, MasterCard, Microsoft PayPal, International Labour Organization, HP and Procter and Gamble.