Inaugural meeting of the UNIDO Entrepreneurship Development Committee in Kassala, Sudan

Inaugural meeting of the UNIDO Entrepreneurship Development Committee in Kassala, Sudan

KASSALA, SUDAN, 28 August 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) facilitated the inaugural session of the Entrepreneurship Development Committee of Kassala, Sudan, which seeks to support local entrepreneurship.

Chaired by the Ministry of Production and Economic Resources of Kassala (MOPER), the multi-stakeholder committee includes the Microfinance Unit of the Central Bank of Sudan; the IRADA Microfinance Company of the Bank of Khartoum; the Committee for Investment and Industry of the University of Kassala; and the Tayseer Guarantee Agency.

“The EDC is an innovative initiative for the State of Kassala”, said MOPER General Manager. “It will foster the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and will innovate the approach of financial institutions towards local micro and small businesses, making them recognize new investment opportunities, in related to sesame, groundnuts and horticulture products”.

The Committee’s role is to assess and invest into micro and small business projects engaged in the agro-food processing sector, with the aim of increasing the added value of selected agricultural value chains in the State of Kassala. Furthermore, the EDC works in collaboration with a network of local financial institutions, which have the opportunity to co-finance approved business projects.

The EDC’s activities are taking place within the framework of the UNIDO project ‘Fostering Inclusive Economic Growth in Kassala State Through Agro-value Chains Development and Access to Financial Services’, which is financed by the Italian Government through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Yvonne Lokko

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Food Systems and Nutrition Division