Ndjamena, Chad, April 22, 2010—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today launched its Business Edge
management training system in Chad, increasing its support for entrepreneurs
and small and medium sized businesses in the country.
Business Edge is an interactive learning
program that offers skills training to help managers increase their knowledge
and run more efficient businesses. Business Edge consists of management
training products in five topic areas (Human Resources, Marketing, Finance,
Operations and Personal Productivity Skills), based on international curricula
and adapted to the local business context.
The product has helped thousands of
entrepreneurs in emerging markets in Africa and around the world improve
their skills and develop their businesses.
“Supporting the growth of smaller businesses
is a major focus of IFC’s work in Africa. The launch of Business Edge
in Chad underlines IFC’s commitment to supporting private sector growth
in the country,” said IFC Country Manager for Chad, Henri E. Rabarijohn.
IFC, in partnership with Univalor and
NConsulting, has already certified 8 trainers to deliver Business Edge
training in Chad, where small businesses dominate the private sector, but
often struggle to obtain the support they need to grow. IFC will monitor
their performance, ensuring that consistent quality standards are upheld.
IFC’s strategy in Chad includes increasing
support to the small and medium-sized business sector; improving the business
climate; and supporting direct investments in key sectors such as telecommunications
and global manufacturing and services. IFC Advisory Services in Africa
has two other programs in the country, Chad Enterprise Center and the Chad
Business Forum, also helping small and medium-sized business development.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.
We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting
private sector development, mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory
and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments
totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing
countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.