The training session which took place from the 9th of November to the 11th of December 2016 had as main objective to train participants on Business Development Services.
Business Development Services hereafter, called “BDS” is defined as a variety of services provided to SME inclusive of micro businesses by which the businesses are able to obtain access to new market and survive in the existing market and to improve their productivity and competitiveness. The services in wide sense include diagnosis and consultation, training, business linkage, social venture capital provision, technical assistance, information provision, legal & accounting service and so on. In Japan, ‘Supply-driven’ BDS approach was employed between 1970s and 1980s whereby a number of training and consulting services were provided by the initiative of international aid institutions, together with the international aid loans and the comprehensive BDS provider was set up as well.
The one month training session was also marked with numerous visits to Japanese SMEs and Agricultural sites.
At the end of the training workshop, the APME representatives felt satisfied and promised to transfer the knowledge gained during the one month training session to SMEs in Cameroun so as to improve on their productivity, efficiency, and sustainability