Tamkeen to boost SMEs ICT capabilities
Manama, April 20, 2013
Bahrain's labour fund Tamkeen said the “Techania” scheme under its flagship Enterprise Development Support Programme, will now cover the high-tech Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions as well.
This step, which followed a successful pilot phase to test its viability, will enable Bahraini enterprises to upgrade their existing ICT infrastructure, in line with Tamkeen’s ongoing efforts to enhance the capabilities of the private sector and boost the productivity and efficiency of businesses in Bahrain.
As with the other schemes under the Enterprise Development Support Programme, Tamkeen will subsidise 80 per cent of the cost of these technologies up to BD15,000 for small enterprises and 20,000 for medium and large enterprises. The subsidy amount be counted against the available balance for the enterprise under the “Techania” scheme.
The ICT technologies covered under the scheme include both hardware and software - such as fixed workstations and modern telephone systems - provided they directly relate to the core business activity.
Portable devices – such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops - which can be utlilised for personal usage are strictly excluded.
Commenting on the move, Mohammed Bucheeri, Tamkeen’s senior manager for Private Sector Support, said: “We are committed to the continuous improvement of our support programmes in order to best serve customers. The inclusion of ICT solutions under “Techania” will further enhance the flexibility of our support offerings, and enable business owners across Bahrain to integrate high-quality ICT solutions into their day-to-day operations, a crucial element for sustainable business growth.”
More than 4,800 enterprises in Bahrain across all sectors benefited from Tamkeen’s Enterprise Development Support programme to date, with an allocated project budget of over BD119 million as of end of December 2012.-TradeArabia News Service