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DTI, German dev’t agency sign agreement on green strategy for MSMEs

The trade department has teamed up with the Deutsche Gessellshaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. to promote an ecologically sustainable strategy for their businesses dubbed as the Green Economic Development approach.

The aim of the agreement is to encourage the green economic development strategy among MSMEs by providing them information and supportive input to enhance their competitiveness.

The agreement was signed by trade undersecretary Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya, PCE executive director Ramon Lopez, and GIZ project manager Dr. Volker Steigerwald.

“It is really important that we look at ways and means to make our SMEs more competitive through the Green Economic Development strategy and mainstream the learnings in programs catering to MSMEs,” Maglaya said. Pushing the green agenda is one of the initiatives of the trade department for MSME development.

The GIZ will help in developing messages related to green economic development at PCE events and promote the subject of green economy and green growth among entrepreneurs. The GIZ will also help with basic capacity building on green business strategies.

The PCE, meanwhile, will include the green economic development agenda in its summits, seminars, and other activities.

The partnership will help businesses become world class and competitive and the creation of more Negosyo Centers will help spread the word as it can provide a mentoring program for entrepreneurs.

“The PCE has been consistently helping in nation building through entrepreneurship development, creating an entrepreneurial culture, the right mindset and especially the know-how competencies of SMEs,” PCE executive director Ramon Lopez said, adding that the green economic development strategy “is something that they (entrepreneurs) could take to the next level.” (By: Eileen A. Mencias)


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