Thursday, December 8, 2022

CEDA empowers Ftown clients with Pastel Accounting Software

The Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) last week held a three-day workshop in Francistown to train its clients on Pastel Accounting Software, a computer software programme which is used in keeping accounting and business records.

The objective of the training, which targeted 30 Small Micro to Medium Enterprises (SMME’s), is part of CEDA’s innovation strategy to empower its clients to be able to efficiently manage their businesses and to help them approach banks with good documentation for loans.

The training was partly sponsored by the Centre for Development of Enterprises (CDE), an international organization, to the tune of P550 000 under the SMME Access to Finance programme.

Speaking during the awarding of the certificates of attendance to the trainees on Friday, the Branch Manager of CEDA in Francistown, Ditiro Mangadi, urged the entrepreneurs to take advantage of the training as it would help them efficiently manage their businesses.

“I am very pleased that the training and installation of the Pastel Accounting Software was well attended and it attracted a lot of interest from the trainees. It is upon the trainees to take advantage of this training and advance their business skills, especially that the software can help them manage their business records efficiently,” he said.

He also pledged CEDA’s support to the trainees, saying that there is dire need by entrepreneurs to manage their business efficiently so that they can grow and be able to help diversify the economy.
“If your businesses grows, you can be able to help diversify the economy as you will also provide employment opportunities for other citizens,” he said.

The Business Advisory Services Manager of CEDA, Petrus Sebina, also urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of the training in order to grow and sustain their businesses. He said that it is worrying to note that many entrepreneurs do not have proper record keeping skills, which ultimately leads to the collapse of their businesses.

“As entrepreneurs you should keep in mind the fact that learning never stops, until one dies. Through learning one can be able to deal with many challenges that he or she encounters in her business. CEDA will continue to support you to learn this programme,” he said.

Cornelius Sebina, one of the trainees who owns a car rental business in Francistown and Gaborone, thanked CEDA on behalf of the trainees saying that the launch and training will benefit them as it is important to efficiently manage their business records. He further urged fellow entrepreneurs to unite, network and share ideas on how to grow their businesses.

“As entrepreneurs we should share ideas, network and support each other for us to be successful. The decision by CEDA to empower us by training us on Pastel Accounting Software is a welcome development and we should not disappoint CEDA,” Sebina said.

CEDA has trained other 24 businesses in Palapye and a similar workshop will be held in Gaborone on the third week of July this year.


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