Training program

WNB SME Training Program | PNG Loop

The initiative, like the partnership between the Small to Medium Enterprise Corporation (SMEC) and the Catholic Diocese of Kimbe, is a pilot program to see if it will go well and with its results, the decision to roll out in other provinces.

The two-week SME training program was organized with SMEC facilitators.

SMEC led a two-week training for SMEs which included the construction of a one-stop-shop incubation center that will help local SMEs in the province

Forty-one priests and other clergy from the Catholic Diocese of West New Britain participated in the training.

Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Kimbe, Fr. Gabriel Tovo in his remarks said that God did not create us to be poor and lazy and if so, we are responsible for our own situation.

“Disla SME school na program mipla kisim for the last 10 days aims to uplift us in our community,” Fr. Gabriel said.

“These people are going to go home, go back to their parishes and bring change to the lives of our people.

“You created this bai yumi sanap wantaim na yumi wok wantaim partnership for change to happen,” he added.

Pr. Gabriel said that the participants must use well the knowledge acquired during the training for the greater good.

Provincial Administrator Leo Mapmani thanked SMEC for facilitating the two-week program and commended Trade Executive Director Bernard Bambai and the division for their coordinated efforts and partnership with SMEC.

“As a government administration, yumi sa gat plan, policy, programs and activities yumi rollim out descend lo servim ol pipol blo yumi long both in developed areas na blo yumi rural communities,” Mapmani said. “We can’t be everywhere at the same time, so we need to partner with key stakeholders, churches, community organizations, so that yumi diliverim has one goal, to serve our people,” he pointed out.

SMEC chief executive Petrus Ralda said partnership with the church is the way forward as it reaches the most remote areas where the government cannot. Acknowledging a two-week SME training program, Mr. Ralda spoke of the importance of the pilot incubation project.

“The incubation project is the most systematic, the most sustainable and the most progressive way to develop SMEs blo yumi na a very important role that the incubation project will play is the collection of data and we will be able to measure the performance of the development of SMEs in provincial regions based on evidence,” said Mr. Ralda

He added: “The needs and demands of SMEs are changing every day. So lo mekim mipla, as an organization responsible for SME development, we need to make ourselves relevant so that we can continuously change policies so that we can address SME development.