Maputo, Mozambique, July 12, 2011 — IFC, a member of the World Bank
Group, announced today it has signed an agreement with the Unidade de Implementação
do Projecto de Apoio a Competitividade (PACDE), to expand access to IFC’s
Business Edge and SME Toolkit training tools in Mozambique, supporting
the growth of smaller businesses in the country through business and management
The two-year agreement between IFC and PACDE, a program sponsored by the
World Bank and Mozambique’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, will allow
the suppliers, staff, distributors, and clients of businesses to access
world-class management training.
Babatunde Onitiri, IFC Country Manager for Mozambique, said, “This partnership
will expand the use of the SME Toolkit and Business Edge solutions in Mozambique,
supporting the growth of smaller businesses in the country. Supporting
smaller businesses is a major focus of IFC’s work in Africa and a stronger
SME business sector in Mozambique will help create employment and strengthen
Business Edge is IFC’s range of practical and flexible management training
solutions, specially designed to improve the performance of small and medium
firms and middle management of corporate firms. It is delivered by local,
certified trainers. The SME Toolkit is an online, interactive program that
uses the latest information and communication technologies to help smaller
businesses in emerging markets learn sustainable management practices.
Business Edge and SME Toolkit were launched in Mozambique in 2010. Since
then, 41 trainers have been certified, and 11 Business Edge partners and
one SME Toolkit partner have been licensed. Almost 32,000 people have visited
the SME toolkit website in Mozambique (www.pmenegocios.co.mz).
IFC has recently signed partnerships with five consulting and training
firms in Mozambique to bring the number of Business Edge suppliers in Mozambique
from six to eleven. The five are: Megaformar, MB Consulting, Ernst &
Young, ELIM Serviços, and Bassela Consultória e Serviços. IFC’s six other
partners are: Escola Superior de Negócios e Empreendedorismo de Chibuto
(ESNEC/UEM), Sociedade de Investimentos (GAPI) , EUROSIS - Consultoria
e Formação em Gestão, PROCESS - Consultoria e Formação, International Capital
Corporation (ICC) and BKSC..
IFC will work closely with its Business Edge partners and with Universidade
Eduardo Mondlane (an SME Toolkit Partner) to help organize educational
events, identify training needs, customize content, manage training activities
and coaching, ensure the quality of the training, and evaluate its impact.
The PACDE Project was launched in 2010 to improve the business environment
and enhance enterprise competitiveness in Mozambique by reducing the cost
of doing business in the country; building technical capacity at public
sector agencies, strengthening the ability of local intermediaries to enable
them to deliver business services to SME’s; and developing region specific
interventions in the tourism and horticulture sectors.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development institution
focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity
for people to escape poverty and improve their lives—by providing financing
to help businesses employ more people and provide essential services, mobilizing
capital from others, and delivering advisory and risk-management services
to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty,
our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For
more information, visit www.ifc.org
About Business Edge
To date, Business Edge has been rolled out in more than 30 countries and
more than 120,000 entrepreneurs were trained through a network of 350 certified
trainers. Flexible in its application, Business Edge is reducing the skills
gap of very different populations, often underserved or not served at all.
Twenty-four percent of all BE trainees are women, IDA and conflict affected
countries represent 59 percent of the regions currently served by BE and
26 percent of all BE trainees come from conflict-affected countries like
Iraq and Yemen.
Recent partnerships with banks,
microfinance institutions and major
corporations are presenting new
opportunities. Tailored BE services have been delivered to clients, as
well as distributors and suppliers in corporate
value chains, and corporate middle
managers. For more information, visit www.businessedge-africa.com.
About SME Toolkit
The SME Toolkit was launched in 2002 by IFC. In Sub-Saharan Africa,
the SME Toolkit network covers Benin, Kenya, Rwanda, Madagascar, Nigeria,
Senegal, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique. The sites enable users to
search and browse content, list their businesses, and create Web pages
in a searchable business directory. Users are also able to network by participating
in multilingual community forums on key business management topics. The
SME Toolkit content can also be distributed on CD-ROM and mobile phones.
In 2006, IFC partnered with IBM (www.ibm.com)
to strengthen and expand the Toolkit’s capabilities.
Globally, to-date the SME Toolkit is available through 31 Web sites and
in over 17 languages throughout the developing world. In many of these
markets there are no other comparable on-line support resources for small
businesses in the local language. The Toolkit receives over 4.5 million
unique visitors per year. For more information, visit www.smetoolkit.org