IN A bid to boost the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Asean Mentors Network (Amen) is targeted to be launched November of this year, said a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official.
Trade and Industry assistant Blesila Lantayona said the Kapatid Mentor Me program of DTI is to be adapted in other Asean countries after it was presented in the summit and gained the attention and approval of other nation leaders.
“Kapatid Mentor Me is the best practice that we have proposed to the Asean. It will be scaled up to Asean. It is already adapted by other Asean countries as one of the best practices that will be implemented Asian-wide. This was discussed during the Asean Summit," she said.
Amen will serve as a network to complement the mentors coming from the Philippines to the mentors from other countries. Currently, the Philippines has about 400 certified mentors and will form part of the Amen.
“For our mentees that are here now, we can get mentors from other Asean countries. Our mentors can also go there to mentor mentees from other Asean countries,” Lantayona said.
Kapatid Mentor Me is a mentorship program initiated by DTI and was launched last year with the main objective of scaling up the businesses of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the help of the knowledge shared by larger players in the industry.
Lantayona said mentorship programs had been present in other Asean countries but not as massive as the Kapatid Mentor Me. Also, this is the first mentorship program in the country that is a private public partnership.
She said through Amen, there will be a larger network and more opportunities for expansion for the MSMEs in the country.