IU RCED, SME-EA and EABC on the roll-out

Inoorero University’s Regional Center for Enterprise Development (RCED) held discussions with the East Africa Business Council and the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) East Africa on the regional roll out of the MSME Mentorship Programme. The meeting was held in Arusha, Tanzania on 8th March 2012.

The above discussions were aimed at supporting growth oriented small Businesses and create more jobs and businesses in the East African region.

The initiative has developed a system of training and qualifying business mentors/ advisors who will provide support to the many firms operating in both the formal and informal economy in the East African Community (EAC) region in order to contribute to more sustainable enterprise development.

The role of the trained business mentors is to generate advice and provide technical support on growth opportunities and of possibilities of financial and other support services on a regular basis to entrepreneurs – and especially young entrepreneurs.

The main Goal of the mentorship programme is to develop a critical mass of Business Mentors contributing to the growth of sustainable Micro, in the EAC.