This is the message that the newly elected SCCI chairman Wilson Nancy brought when he paid a courtesy call last week on Minister Michael Benstrong who is in charge of that ministry.
The occasion was also an opportunity for Mr Nancy to present to Minister Benstrong his work plans to be implemented during his two-year mandate.
Minister Benstrong congratulated Mr Nancy on his election as SCCI chairman and stated that his ministry will continue to support and work closely with the SCCI. Both Minister Benstrong and Mr Nancy agreed that there are vast opportunities for innovation both for the already established and for future businesses, especially regarding the local products that can be expanded on both the local and international markets.
Mr Nancy said this could be done with the brand ‘Made in Seychelles’ represented by a small SCCI logo/stamp which will ensure that the products are genuine and also endorsed by the chamber as a product of origin.
Minister Benstrong welcomed the idea which will also be discussed with factories that produce international brands from Seychelles.
Both Mr Nancy and Minister Benstrong agreed that the international products are very much in competition with the local ones. Several examples were given specially on agricultural products.
Both parties recognised that the local products are healthier for consuming and that both SCCI and the Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation need to work hand in hand to ensure that the local products are well promoted.
Other issues discussed were in the fields of research and training/capacity building. Minister Benstrong mentioned that this is a new branch established under his ministry and its mandate is to do research on various aspects of business as well as guide and assist businesses to connect with international institutions, laboratories, universities, to mention a few.
Minister Benstrong also mentioned that it is in his ministry’s plan to train startup entrepreneurs to do business and since the SCCI has a projected plan along the same line, the SCCI Business Centre/ Business Incubator, since 2013, Mr Nancy and Minister Benstrong suggested that this will be a great idea to work alongside each other in the spirit of public and private partnership, which will entail collective efforts from various stakeholders for its success.
The minister expressed his willingness to support SCCI as the voice for the private sector and wished the chairman success during his mandate.
Mr Nancy was accompanied by the SCCI secretary general, Juliette Sicobo-Azaїs.
Source : Seychelles NATION