News in brief: export training, Thailand, digital sector

News in brief
News in brief

EBRD and IOE team up for export training programme for SMEs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has awarded the Institute of Export (IOE) a high-profile contract to equip its business support consultants with the skills to help SMEs realise their international trading ambitions.

The Export Strategy Development and Training initiative is initially being rolled out across Central Asia. The IOE's instrumental role is to give consultants the knowledge and skills to help local companies they are working with to develop an export market entry plan.

EBRD principal manager for Central Asia & Mongolia within the SME Finance and Development Group Nazar Talibdjanov said: "Central Asia encapsulates the challenges entrepreneurs face in many parts of the world, where limited domestic markets mean the only way to grow is by exporting. While their products and services might be good, these companies require knowledge to sell and deliver them - particularly in landlocked nations.

"With funding from the US’ SME Special Fund, the EBRD seeks to help SMEs in Central Asia improve their competitiveness on domestic and international markets. We approached the Institute of Export to deliver this landmark training due to its reputation as a leading worldwide education provider for exporters."

BaseKit partners AIS to tap into growing digital sector in Thailand

BaseKit, a UK-based website building platform, has announced a new partnership with Advanced Info Service (AIS), a mobile operator in Thailand with more than 40 million subscribers and 97% nationwide coverage.

Under the new partnership, BaseKit's website building platform will be offered as part of AIS Business Solutions, with all existing SMB customers being offered a free website. In addition, a BaseKit site will be bundled with core mobile and data plans offered to AIS SMB customers.

BaseKit CEO Simon Best says: "This partnership demonstrates the pace at which the technology sector is growing in emerging digital markets such as Thailand. We want to enable our partners to provide added value to their customers, alongside their existing core services. Converged services, with existing mobile and data plans, and our website builder, will allow growing businesses to have all their essential services from one provider."

SVP of corporate marketing and sales at AIS Weerachai Patcharopartwong says: "This is a direct response to the growing demand within the country for a multi-play offering of web-building services, and existing mobile operator services. We are excited to be able to offer our customers another layer to help them in their journey to creating their business."