AMEN! Concepcion unveils ASEAN-wide apprenticeship program to mentor small businesses
The chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) urged businessmen to help other players, who are in need, in line with the Council’s flagship program called ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN).
In his opening message for the three-day Summit, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said inclusive business meant helping small businessmen achieve their goals of being successful in their fields.
Under the AMEN program, experts from three sectors — entrepreneurs, the business practitioners, and academicians — will be tapped to help micro and small businessmen on how to successfully grow their business.
The Bilyonarya said the mentors would come from each of the 10-country members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and would share their expertise to businessmen in the region.
“That is part of the neighborhood. That is how we help. Nobody is left behind,” he said.
Concepcion said ABAC has adopted the 3M framework that focused on mentoring, money and market.
He said mentoring is the first key to help small businessmen hit their goals.
“Without mentorship the money (and) the market won’t work,” he said.
“So I’m calling on all our businessmen here, our entrepreneurs. It must come from the heart to help many of those who need it in life. The ASEAN BAC will continue to pursue these efforts in really helping many of those out there,” he said.
Concepcion, in a briefing earlier the day, said micro and small enterprises accounted for 99.6 percent of businesses in the Philippines but contributed one-third of the countyr’s domestic output.
Concepcion, president of listed food and beverage company RFM Corp., said the Duterte government was following the lead of China for the latter’s “One belt, One road program” which aimed to move more people and goods faster.
He said the current administration was focused on putting the necessary infrastructure to ensure logistics and digital connectivity of the people. (PNA)