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A CD Brand initiative, in partnership with Mozambique’s Institute for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (IPEME0), has awarded Betoni Pré Fabricados Lda its ‘Best Entrepreneur’ prize at a recent ‘Super Mentors Awards’ event.
The winner receives a certificate and 500,000 meticais.
The initiative aims to stimulate Mozambique’s SMEs and advises entrepreneurs on how to grow professionally, improving their quality of life and ensuring the economic development of the country.
“It is in this spirit that we decided to recognise and reward the best entrepreneurs in the platform in order to stimulate the emergence of more structured entrepreneurs with innovative ideas,” Super Mentors project manager Hassan Dassat explained.
At the event, Holden Mariquele, representing the winning company, which specialises in the production and sale of concrete material, expressed his appreciation of the initiative, describing it as a lever to grow business projects.
“I did not expect it to be me,” Holden said. “I am very happy and honoured. Now, I promise to be not just the best of the best in this programme, but from now on to contribute to the development of our society and see if, in five years’ time, I cannot be here not as a small entrepreneur, but as a mentor, a businessman.”
The prize money would be used to boost production, acquire new equipment and import of better-quality materials, he said.
Six hundred Mozambican companies submitted applications for the competition. Two hundred of these were short-listed, and 15 declared winners.
Competitors underwent a training process covering business planning, business management, company legalisation, strategic management and accounting.
By William MapoteSource: O País