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12.09.2013 General News

EDC provides free training for SMEs on oil and gas industry

By Daily Graphic
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The centre, being driven by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has a comprehensive training programme to build GhSMEs' capacity to participate in the industry.

The government, through the centre, takes care of training cost and all training materials; therefore participants did not have to pay for the capacity building.

At the end of the second training session in Takoradi for participants, from 17 GhSMEs, the participants expressed their delight at the courses organised by the centre.

The courses cover introduction to the oil and gas industry, managing small business enterprises, business ethics and compliance, business planning for small businesses.

The other areas covered by the course include the importance of budgeting and financial management, as well as business spreadsheet applications.

The centre also offers training in information management using database, responding to bidding enquiries and writing proposals, contacts and quality management.

On oil and gas specifics, it covers the introductory to the industry, oil and gas accounting, contract, terms and conditions, fundamentals of offshore environment, health and safety, policy and requirements.

Some participants rated the programme highly as participatory, encouraging, inspiring and    informative, while others were of the view that the training had added value to them.

Speaking to the participants before the commencement of the second session, the Centre Director, Mrs Shika Acolatse, applauded the government and the Jubilee partners for the EDC project, which was a symbol of the commitment to ensure that Ghanaians were the main beneficiaries of the country's oil resources.

She assured the participants that the project would always come up with courses that would help them manage their respective enterprises to grow.

The Head of Training, Development and Research, Mr Yen Sapark, said the courses were a unique brand of courses providing answers for the new industry-demand questions.

He said the training was aimed at collectively exploring effective ways of managing SMEs to gain competitive advantage and cutting edge strategies to position the country within the oil and gas industry.

By Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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