These online tools enable SME managers to test their own knowledge and practices in financial management. Based on their answers to quizzes, SME managers are redirected towards relevant tutorials.
Links to relevant ITC publications
The ITC’s Trade Finance for SMEs Programme takes on four key challenges:
Financial management training programme & certitication - TSIs building the skills of SME financial managers
The program is directed towards local counsellors who will provide diagnostic services to SMEs and SME managers themselves. Through tailored training events and practical work, participants gain a better understanding of financial institutions’ practices and requirements, and are equipped with the right skills to develop bankable proposals and also to adopt sound financial management practices. The training program can be delivered as a stand-alone or as part of ITC’s Enterprise Competitiveness program. Qualifying participants are certified in financial management.
It is also urgent to develop and implement short and medium-term solutions specifically designed to restore confidence, trust and dialogue between SMEs and financial institutions. SMEs are the engine of economic development, they constitute the majority of business enterprises, and they are vital for employment generation and poverty alleviation. To read more about what can be done to assist SMEs in this time of crisis, please click here.
In order to carry out our projects, we have developed partnerships with sister organizations and funding partners. For more information on who funds our work and how, please click here.
ITC provides online tutorials for SME managers to identify and address their financial weaknesses.
New financial instrument offers risk-mitigation and financing options but more needs to be done for exporting SMEs from developing countries
Trade Centre (ITC) will provide African business leaders with pro bono training
on building bankable business plans ahead of the Africa Finance and Investment
Forum (AFIF), which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 13 and 14...
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With growth in trade essential for developing
countries to emerge from the global economic and financial crisis, the
International Trade Centre (ITC) has published two comprehensive business
In a market where customers are more demanding than ever and resources are
scarce, achieving excellence in the supply chain is increasingly challenging.
With the mandate to provide technical cooperation in the area of international