THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has partnered with a Canadian development organization focusing on capacity building to stimulate entrepreneurship for the long-term.

DTI signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) to improve DTI’s capacity to expand integrative and inclusive business services provided to clients nationwide through the Negosyo Centers (NCs) and the Shared Service Facilities (SSF).

The 447 established NCs are part of DTI’s initiative to boost micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), offering the sector efficient business mentoring services, functional competencies, advice and information on market. SSFs, meanwhile, cater MSMEs the needed machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.

The MOU cites cooperation between two sides to strengthen the capacity of DTI, local partners and beneficiaries by providing training, advisory services and mentoring at the institutional and individual levels through the application of high-level Canadian technical expertise.

“The transfer of skills and knowledge from Canadian advisors with an average of 25 years of experience have been proven effective, after pilot-testing this system in Region 4A,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. PR