Upgraded MSME Learning Platform | The Manila Times

PLUS micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) can take advantage of the upgraded version of an e-learning platform to develop their digital skills to keep their businesses afloat and accelerate recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The US-Asean Business Council (US-ABC), the United States Agency for International Development and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officially launched on April 8 the Asean SME Academy 2.0 aiming to serve as a world-class, attractive, user-friendly and inclusive learning platform for MSMEs.

Commerce Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba said the ASEAN SME Academy is a one-stop, cross-platform online information and training resource that aims to provide training and mentorship to improve capacity. of ASEAN MSMEs to develop and recompose at the regional and international levels.

Aldaba said the Asean SME Academy 2.0 can help facilitate the digital transformation of MSMEs and accelerate broader economic recovery to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic future in Southeast Asia.

“The post-pandemic future demands that MSMEs adapt to the new normal of doing business, highlighting the need to embrace new technologies and seize the opportunities of the digital economy. The Asean SME Academy 2.0 ensures that we continue to embrace people-centric digital transformation and accelerate recovery through tailored entrepreneurial training courses and platforms for business linkages and networking,” she said.

The platform offers localized courses on a variety of topics of interest to MSMEs, and features multilingual support, a new visual and mobile interface, a leading online resource for these businesses, and self-certification.

Dato’ Suriani binti Dato’ Ahmad, Chairman of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs, said that a set of new and customized learning content on cash flow management business continuity plan and income, digital literacy and transformation will help MSMEs adapt to new ways of doing business and recover stronger from the Covid-19 crisis.

Ambassador Ted Osius, president and CEO of US-ABC, said a specific module tab for Covid-19 recovery will be available in the third quarter of 2022.

Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo, Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd, said the launch of the Asean SME Academy 2.0 will significantly contribute to increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in the region.

“The learning experience, access to resources, and greater accessibility will really help us overcome the pandemic and move the region’s development forward together,” he said. “I believe that SMEs will be the key to the economic recovery of our countries.”

MSMEs can start learning now by registering for the academy at https://www.asean-sme-academy.org.

Asean SME Academy 2.0 is an upgraded version of the existing e-learning platform, which has been running since 2016.

Since its inception, the Asean SME Academy has grown significantly and now offers over 90 courses and 375 additional online resources for SMEs. It also reached over 460,000 unique visitors and over 9,600 active users regularly accessing new knowledge and skills training resources.

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