In order to promote the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the Prime Minister recently approved the scheme on building the capacity of units supporting SMEs under Decision No. 265/QD-TTg.
Accordingly, in 2015, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will reorganize and improve the performance of such units at the central level, focusing on their main tasks of following up the implementation of policies and programs in support of SMEs, and connecting SME-supporting activities of ministries, sectors and entrepreneurs’ associations in a more effective manner.
In light of this, based on the demands and practical conditions of their localities, provincial-level People’s Committees are obliged to formulate schemes to strengthen their local SME supporting units.
Specifically, every locality with over 3,000 operating SMEs will be allowed to set up new section-level or revenue-earning non-business units to support SMEs. For a locality with less than 3,000 SMEs, an existing unit of the local Planning and Investment Department will be additionally tasked to support SMEs.
As required by the Decision, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will coordinate with related ministries, sectors and localities and entrepreneurs’ associations in organizing training courses to improve capacity and skills for SME supporting staff, and training on-spot SME consultants.
During 2016-20, based on their demands and financial capacity, SME supporting units will formulate their human resource plans and submit to competent agencies for approval.-