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News around Africa - July 22, 2021

Microsoft Partners with Ecobank to Launch Training for African SMEs

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa continue to suffer from plummeting sales, revenue loss and operational challenges resulting from the lockdowns and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Ecobank Group in partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy is set to provide training for SMEs across sub-Saharan Africa. This training will equip SMEs with the digital skills they need to thrive in today’s digital environment.

The COVID19 pandemic has had a severe impact on SMEs, with supply chain lockdowns and interruptions, falling sales, lost income, and operational problems. Ecobank’s Commercial Banking Segment, in response to client feedback, is assisting company owners in closing the digital skills gap within their chosen industries and improving the digital capabilities of their staff.

Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking for the Ecobank Group said “The COVID-19 pandemic has turbocharged the shift towards digital. It is essential that businesses adapt so that they are able to compete effectively in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Ecobank’s Commercial Banking is committed to supporting SMEs across our pan-African footprint”, she added “Through this partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy we are offering training to equip business owners and their employees with the digital skills that they need to stay connected to their customers. We are intent on ensuring that our SME customers remain relevant, grow and succeed in the post COVID-19 era.”

SMEs can register here (https://bit.ly/3iEspdc) for the programme. The Global Skilling Initiative (GSI) provides traing on 10 in-demand skill sets (Customer Services; Digital Marketing; Financial Analysis; Graphic Design; IT Support/Help Desk; Project Management; Sales; Data Analysis; IT Administration; And Software Development). They can go at their own speed and at times that are convenient for them to complete the virtual curriculum. The programme will run through December 31, 2021.


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