GIS - 19 September, 2019: A business plan presentation for detainees, in line with the Social Entrepreneurship Programme of SME Mauritius Ltd, aiming to equip them with the knowledge and know-how to set up their own businesses on completion of their sentences, was held today at Eastern High Security Prison, Melrose in presence of the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah.
Some 20 detainees and three Prison Officers are receiving training, under the Social Entrepreneurship Programme, a joint initiative of the SME Mauritius Ltd and the Mauritius Prison Service. The training spanning over 10 weeks will focus on: Creation of a start-up, management, marketing, accounting, human resources, and business preparation plan in several areas namely agriculture, bakery, pastry and handicrafts.
In his address, the Minister said that the objective of the Programme is to enlighten detainees on creation of a start-up, and business preparation and also to support and encourage them to become entrepreneurs. The training, he said, aims at helping detainees in identifying opportunities that can be developed into innovative social projects. Social entrepreneurship, he pointed out, offers exciting new opportunities and encourage independence and entrepreneurship whilst solving social issues.
The Minister indicated that often detainees face difficulties in finding a job after their prison life. He underlined that his Ministry completely supports the Programme as it will help detainees to reintegrate the society by becoming self-sufficient and financially independent. Such initiatives are vital to improve the life chances of detainees so as to enable them lead a normal life after completion of their sentences, Mr Bholah added.
He also dwelt on the different schemes and assistance plans put in place by Government for existing and potential entrepreneurs. They are amongst others financial and technical assistance, training, drafting of business plans and guidance to set up a business.
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