(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In a bid to increase productivity and drive growth in a post coronavirus economy, the Edo State Government is collaborating with the German development agency, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), on initiatives to strengthen the state’s private sector.
According to the Head of Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO), Mr. Kelvin Uwaibi, who disclosed this via a chat with journalists, the partnership involves the training of over 400 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in digital marketing to keep businesses afloat while the covid-19 pandemic blows over, adding that the training, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2021, will help cushion the negative impact of covid-19 pandemic on businesses, and position the state as a business hub.
According to Uwaibi, “ESIPO is collaborating with the Edo State Skills Development Agency, (EdoJobs), the Ministry of Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment and GIZ to facilitate the development of digital marketing prowess of MSMEs in the state.”
“As a government, we want to be able to act as an enabler to enhance the capacity of businesses in Edo State. We need to help these businesses survive the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, businesses were already gradually adopting digital facilities. We want to empower them to fully go digital, so as to improve their services and enable them stay afloat.