Small and medium enterprises form the very backbone of most economies around the world. They are particularly important for developing countries, which rely on them to create jobs and income. This is certainly the case for Benin, where small enterprises account for 90 per cent of the industrial sector.
Benin’s small enterprises however have difficulties to take off and to be competitive on the regional and international markets. This is among others due to the nature of their activities – which resembles that of artisanal enterprises – and to their inability to produce quality products.
In 2015, UNIDO and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) teamed up to help the country fight poverty and facilitate its integration into the global economy by improving the productivity of enterprises and ensuring products’ compliance with national and international quality and safety standards. The Productive and Commercial Capacity Building project – the PRCPC – was born.