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Fiscal Year 2022 JICA Small and Medium Enterprise Development Policies (A) (June – July 2022)

With cooperation from central and regional governments, organizations, enterprises, etc., the measures taken to develop small and medium enterprises in Japan was introduced, as well as this, examples from participant’s countries were shared. The goal of this program was to provide a draft to solve selected challenges in participants’ countries.

Because of the Coronavirus situation, this fiscal year’s program was conducted as a remote program.
Participants’ work was repeatedly analyzed and action plans constructed. Prof. HIRAI’s enthusiastic, creative and pertinent advice online extracted participants’ opinions and an exchange of ideas.

Because the program was conducted online and because of the time difference, some participants had to begin their session at 2:00am local time. Despite this, all participants seriously participated in the course. Due to communications network problems, some participants had their connection cut off. However, the participation rate was high, and with repeated participation, the group began to feel united and each participant was able to complete their topic’s action plan.

In particular, the example of small and medium enterprise management in the lecture given by Kinki Industrial Co. Ltd.’s manager and real on-site messages helped to deepen participants’ learning experience.

JICA Small and Medium Enterprise Development Policies (A)

  • Date: June 20, 2022 – July 22, 2022
  • Participants: Officers in charge of small and medium enterprise development in central government ministries and agencies, and staff in local administrations and chambers of commerce, etc. who are involved in strengthening company management 7 people (including 1 observer)
  • Participating countries: East Timor, Nepal, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Honduras (5 countries)
  • Course leader: Assoc. Prof. HIRAI Takumi, Mukogawa Women’s University
  • Entruster: JICA Kansai
  • Lecturers/visiting sites (titles omitted random order):
      *On demand study materials provided / live lectures

    • Assoc. Prof. HIRAI Takumi, Mukogawa Women’s University
    • Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (SME Support, JAPAN)
    • The Small and Medium Enterprises Agency
    • Rekishi Kaido Promotional Council
    • Japan Finance Corporation (JFC)
    • Credit Guarantee Corporation of Hyogo-ken
    • FUKUDA Naoyoshi, Corporate Advisor, Japan Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association
    • Monodzukuri Business Information-center Osaka (MOBIO)
    • Kinki Industrial Co., Ltd.
    • Sen Sou Co., Ltd.

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