21 Aug 2019
As part of its expansion into the region to help emerging markets acquire much needed skills for growth and development, SIM recently conducted a training for business leaders in Laos. SIM Professional Development (SIM PD) held a seminar at Vientiane on 6 August 2019 to help build local capabilities in operating successful and sustainable businesses.
This is the first time SIM PD is helping to train enterprises outside of its exclusive arrangements with partner companies outside of Singapore. This seminar had strong support from Laotian authorities and was held in collaboration with the Public Administration Research and Training Institute of Laos’ Ministry of Home Affairs and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Close to 100 participants from the government, state enterprises and private sectors came together to learn about developing business leadership, set as one of the top priorities by the Laos government. Not only did they exchange knowledge on how to create a more collaborative and innovative culture within their organisations, they also learned how tapping a diverse workforce in a company can shape organisational identity and culture.
Participants working on a group activity, building a model that represented their aspiration for Laos.
Strengthening the private sector is deemed important by Laos in its journey to create a knowledge-based economy. This is also part of the government’s efforts to improve the business environment including making it easier for companies to do trade. Such developments are meant to broaden the economic base and create jobs beyond Laos’s key industries in agriculture and mining.
Another initiative by SIM to make a greater impact on education and training in the region is the Singapore (Cambodia) International Academy, a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education, offering the Cambridge (Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary, and Advanced) programmes for students aged 6 to 18 years.