SME group to work with govt


A WEEK-long capacity building programme on enhancing the development of small and medium industry (SMI) has been hailed a success.
It ran from July 30 to August 8 in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, and was funded by the Colombo Plan Secretariat for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific.
SME Group PNG Limited’s executive director and delegate Nancy Lai was pleased with the programme and thanked the Colombo Plan Secretariat.
She said the SME Group PNG looked forward to using the experience gained to work with the new government and private sector partners over the next five years to drive the SME agenda forward in PNG.
Lai said participants discussed directly with the local government and stakeholders at community level who managed the development programmes the benefits and constrains they faced in running the programmes.
SME Group PNG Limited’s joint executive director Andrew Runawery said since 2012, PNG’s SMI had experienced a progressive and positive paradigm shift with few milestones achieved over the past five years.
He said this included the development of the SME policy, the establishment of SMEC and the reactivation of the Stret Pasin Stoa Programme.

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