Business Volunteers, PT&I partner for Pacific small business

22/03/2016

Australian Business Volunteers and Pacific Islands Trade & Invest Sydney have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together for the economic and sustainable development of Pacific Island countries.

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PT&amp;I is the international trade and investment promotion arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and is the region’s lead tourism promotion, export and investment facilitation agency. Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) has 34 years’ experience delivering a suite of programmes designed to build capacity of business across the Asia Pacific region.

The partnership agreement will involve the delivery of a minimum of four Your Enterprise Scheme (YES) programmes over one year. PT&amp;I will provide seed funding towards the four YES programs and the ABV is looking to engage other public and private funders to get the programmes off the ground.

YES is ABV’s proven small group SME mentoring program. Designed by small business owners YES is delivered by volunteers for groups of 15 - 20 small business owners and managers. The programme consists of five one-day workshops conducted over a four week period. One-on-one mentoring sessions are conducted between workshops to provide guidance to participants putting their new business skills and strategies into practice.

The key to the YES programme’s effectiveness is its flexibility, with the content and level of each YES adapted to meet the particular needs of the participants and to align with partners and local government strategies to grow the SME sector.

This has allowed ABV to deliver tailored YES programs to meet the needs of diverse business sectors including the Papua New Guinea ICT sector, East New Britain Province small businesses, and Papua New Guinean women business owners. Over the last decade ABV has delivered more than 30 similar programs across several Pacific islands countries

“It’s great to be partnering with PT&amp;I – and particularly to deliver a proven and effective model of SME mentoring” said ABV CEO Sarah O’Connor.

For more information please contact Tourism and Investment Manager Chad Morris at <a href="http://pacifictradeinvest.com">www.pacifictradeinvest.com</a>  – <a href="mailto:chad.morris@pacifictradeinvest.com">chad.morris@pacifictradeinvest.com</a>