Several and different the special projects promoted and realized by WUSME in support of SMEs and Crafts in cooperation with partners involved in the SMEs world.
TRAINING: TRADES, CAREERS AND COMPETENCES
WUSME has always been committed to promoting training programs in business management and in particular in craft professions through collaboration with institutional organizations, academic institutions and professional associations in different countries. After the project “TuTumike”, on 22 July 2014 an agreement was signed between WUSME, Secretariat of State for Labor of the Republic of San Marino and UNAS (National Union of Craftsmen of San Marino) for the realization of international training courses in crafts, inside the Professional Training School of San Marino and with the support of Master Craftsmen of San Marino.
The initiative finds in the Republic of San Marino, where the Association was born and settle in, optimal conditions to facilitate the knowledge transfer, resources enhancement and synergies strengthening.
TUTUMIKE, A SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR THE REPATRIATION OF REFUGEES IN AFRICA
Under development the TUTUMIKE program presented by WUSME to the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees in Geneva with the purpose to facilitate the durable reintegration of refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo throught training and birth of new enterpreneurs. Heart of this program is the establishment of centres for entreprenurial education and training for the returnees in nine provinces of the country to provide them with the tools necessary to start a new small business or crafts activity in their home land. In order for RDC and Africa as a continent, to have a truly sustainable progress, it is necessary to invest more in the development of education, training in specific skills and knowledge of innovative technologies, making its inhabitants and communities self-sufficient and well-being.
INTERACTIVE WEB-BASED PLATFORM FOR SMES
In collaboration with institutions of the Republic and other WUSME’s active partners of the financial sector, WUSME is working on the creation of a INTERACTIVE WEB-BASED PLATFORM dedicated to SMEs to serve as WELCOME SHOWCASE for SMEs for the presentation of their activities, products and services and the identification of possible funding opportunities and investors. This is first of a series of projects designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises by providing answers and solutions that facilitate SMEs access to the financial market according to an ethical and not speculative approach. This platform is meant to work as “stock exchange” for small and medium-sized businesses!
SME TRUST FUND
Trust Fund for Crises Prevention and Development of SMEs (SMETFUND)
WUSME is currently engaged in the establishment of a TRUST FUND FOR FINANCING A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SMES based on the collection of the CURRENCY TRANSACTION LEVY, a small social contribution on foreign currencies transactions. In an Agreemnt with WUSME, Ethical will pledge to give 0.005% of the nominal value of each transaction from San Marino and from other WUSME member organizations to a WUSME – SMETFUND. This FUND will create specific programs and projects for Crises Prevention and Development of SMEs, provide micro finance for entrepreneurs in less developed Countries and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
“PATEI”: PAN AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE
Consistent with its mission, the education and training of small entrepreneurs are real priorities for WUSME, especially with regard to women entrepreneurs in developing countries. For this reason, WUSME accepted the proposal received by Representatives of Darfur Rehabilitation Project in Johannesburg – South Africa, to collaborate in the creation of PATEI, a PAN AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE based in South Africa. In the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the world, long lasting improvement of basic living conditions can only take place through education, acquisition of skills and use of innovative technologies. With projects like this, WUSME aims to implement initiatives that facilitate SMes to take a real and significant step forward.
WUSME EMERGENCE GABON
As A result of the mission carried out in Gabon on 2011 and upon initiative of WUSME Vice-president Akram Mendame, the UNION is cooperating with the country’s institutions, the Ministry of SMEs in particular, on a special pilot project concerning the creation of a new model of small and medium-sized enterprise in a strategic sector such as the ITC to serve as a reference and example for the emergence of a new class of SMEs. Among the areas the IT sector has been identified as particularly dynamic and promising, in full development in the African continent as well and especially in Central Africa, where Gabon can serve the Centre of propulsion and development.
DEBIT CARD FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Upon initiative of WUSME Chief Executive Alberto Chezzi, WUSME is currently under development a project concerning the a special WUSME debit card to be issued in cooperation with main international circuits (such as Mastercard and Visa).
This new payment tool is designed to facilitate money transfers by entrepreneurs, especially in developing countries, possibly at better conditions than those offered by existing companies specializing in Money Transfer.
A reasonable small percentage of the commissions could be reserved and granted to the SMETFED, the WUSME TRUST FUND for Crises Prevention and Developm,ent of SMEs.
As first test, a commercial bank of Africa has already shown a real interest to adopt this WUSME debit cardsthrough the VISA circuit to integrate the offer of products and services currently offered.