Stanbic IBTC Bank and technology company, Google, have sealed a collaboration that will enable the youth and operators in the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) sector in Nigeria acquire digital skills for economic advancement.
The thrust of the collaboration, according to the parties, is to facilitate capacity building for SMEs in Nigeria, help entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses, support digital education initiatives geared towards job creation as well as address key challenges that SMEs face in growing their businesses. Specifically, participants will be trained on the benefits, skills and value of Digital Marketing.
By organizing the capacity building sessions in different parts of the country, the partners hope to build a critical mass of businesses through increased adoption of digital technology and enhance their contribution to economic development. The training session is scheduled to kick-off in Lagos and Kaduna on July 19, 2016 and will subsequently hold in seven other states across the country. The initiative aims to digitally empower about one thousand SMEs in one year.
The head, SME Banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Obinnia Ukachukwu, stated that as diversification of Nigeria’s economy returns to the front burner, it has become imperative to highlight the role of digital technology on empowering the youth and stimulating growth of SMEs. Ukachukwu said the collaboration fits into the institution’s goal of fostering economic empowerment through strategic interventions that enable individuals and businesses realize their aspirations.
Source : Leadership