20 June 2018
The International Labor Organization, ILO carried out two projects in Myanmar since 2014 to support entrepreneurship and Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises, MSME development in Myanmar with the funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation, NORAD and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO.
In November 2017, the second phase of the projects began again under a single project (2017- 2021.) Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises, SCORE is an ILO global programme that improves productivity and working conditions in small and medium enterprises, SMEs. The program includes SIYB Training of Trainers and Entrepreneurs, and training for rural entrepreneurs.
Chief Technical Advisor, Entrepreneurship and SME Support, ILO Liaison Office in Myanmar, Michel Jamar said …“we’ll be here for another 4 years till 2021. We’ve trained over 1000 trainers through over 400 partners and over like 2000 companies. We also have another project we will start now. This is Score. This is the launching of this new project. This project is really targeting companies’ manufacturing and we are targeting food processing and the tourism sector.”
Through this project, the International Labor Organization, ILO plans to expand support to MSME’s throughout Myanmar and is mainly targeting at manufacturing, food processing and tourism sector.
Director General, Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection Department, Aye Aye Win said “This project aims to produce quality trainers and help improve the tourism sector of the country. The ministry of Industry is also cooperating with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, the department of fisheries and private travel and tour companies. We introduce the trainers to SME companies when they are graduated.”
At the ceremony, 17 factory consultants were presented with ILO acknowledged certificates for the effective implementation of SCORE Training.