27 July 2012

Namibia: Seminar Supports SMEs to Access Services

The SME Service Providers seminar, a side event of the annual Namibia SME Expo '12, is taking place on Thursday 2 August at Nampower Convention Centre in Windhoek.

The seminar is a platform for organisations providing capacity building support to SMEs, to introduce the wealth and employment creation services they offer.

According to Danny Meyer, nine entities that routinely help Namibia's small and medium enterprise (SME) sector grow business and create jobs have already booked time slots for the upcoming annual seminar, and he expects the number to grow.

The seminar will run all day from 09:00 to 18:00.

The main event, Namibia SME Expo, now in its seventh year, will be held over three days, from 01 to 03 August at the same venue. The event serves to showcase the SME sector and promotes business linkages between small enterprises and corporate firms, parastatals, government departments and municipalities.

"In addition to the main sponsors of the event, First National Bank (FNB), Bank Windhoek and Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), other service providers who have already booked to make presentations are Telecom, Namibia Procurement Fund and the Namibia Preferential Procurement Council," says Meyer.

Two business sector representative bodies, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and the Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF) have also booked time slots adds Meyer. Meyer also says that his co-director, Claudine Mouton, will reintroduce the enterprise and entrepreneurial development services of SMEs Compete.

"Entry to the SME Service Providers seminar is free and is open to those already in business and to budding or novice entrepreneurs, as well as students planning to venture into business," says Meyer.

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