Posted: October 18, 2019
Deputy Minister Gina to Address at Incubation Graduation Ceremony
|The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina will deliver a keynote address at the third graduation ceremony of the Incubation Governance and Management Development Programme (IGMDP). The ceremony will take place at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Groenkloof, Pretoria on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.
IGDMP is a capacity-building programme that was initiated by Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and implemented in partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) in 2013, with the aim of developing the capacity of incubator managers and board members, and officials responsible for incubation in government.
The 43 candidates that will graduate are the last cohort following the two successful 22 and 26 cohorts of the IGMDP graduations in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Gina explains that the IGMDP is an important programme that will eventually lead to job creation and economic growth as it seeks to improve skills to effectively manage and guarantee good governance by incubators. This will in turn produce successful and sustainable businesses. She adds that she is encouraged and pleased by the fact that the programme has been increasing its candidate intake yearly and has achieved its objective of delivering over 90 graduates in three years.
“The programme has steadily increased its candidate intake since it was established in 2017 and it will contribute well to the economy. the dti allocated R4 million for the programme to be successful and appointed the University of Pretoria as a service provider to develop the curriculum and deliver the programme to 90 delegates over three years,” says Gina.
She adds that it is important to ensure that both the private and public incubator managers, Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and industrial parks managers receive information about the incubation development and management programme. She further says the dti is looking forward to training more people in future who want to pursue incubation as a career.
Deputy Minister Gina will be joined by the professors from the University of Pretoria during the graduation process. The heads of the SEZs, industrial parks, private incubators, Seda Incubators, the Incubation Support Programme of the dti (ISP) incubators and business leaders from organisations with Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) development initiatives will also be part of the ceremony.