The Betosala Programme, Working Hand in Hand with Congolese Businesses
The first phase of the Moho Nord project came on stream offshore of the Republic of the Congo in late 2015. For local businesses, Moho Nord is a real opportunity for growth. To help these companies make the most of this opportunity, Total has set up a support initiative entitled “BETOSALA” (inspired by beto sala kintuadi, which means “let’s work together” in the Munukutaba language).
The office of design and engineering firm CAP/CAD.
Business: Project design and execution.
Reviewing the progress of design and engineering projects.
Equipment test bench.
Dedicated expertise in preparing, testing and assembling electrical equipment before installation.
Arrival of the M12 Manifold on the ILOGS quay.
Work begins on the TEPC Poincaré headquarters by CHAPET.
Manufacturing equipment for the FPU Alima by PONTICELLI.
Construction of underwater foundations in the Boscongo yard.
Moho Bilondo, beginning of the drilling phase on the Tungsten Explorer.
An innovative vision for local Businesses
For Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, “We have social responsibilities. Total cannot be a successful group worldwide […] without respecting the company’s social charter. As well as our employees, we must take into account the impact our decisions make on the SMEs that we deal with.” (Le Monde, 31/01/2015)
The Betosola initiative illustrates this commitment by helping SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to meet Total’s quality, safety, environmental and management standards. These Congolese SMEs will thus be given the skills and resources not only to work with us, but also to help their business diversify and thrive.
It's an innovative way of seeing local interaction, more usually limited to the life of projects.
A rewarding partnership for SMEs
The programme comprises four steps:
1. Identification of local businesses with potential for development, in priority areas identified by Total in the Congo.
2. Selection of businesses.
3. The selected businesses are offered support tailored to their needs, including mentoring and training, awareness of the demands of the job, coaching in implementing standards, etc., giving them the skills and resources they need to win tenders issued by Total – or other major industrial groups – in the Congo.
4. Monitoring of local businesses that have won the Group’s invitations to tender, to help them carry out their role according to the requirements of the subsidiary.
Working with international companies willing to "mentor" them is how local businesses make the most progress. In the Congo, Total therefore plans to encourage its own partners — other international companies taking part in the Moho Nord project — to set up similar skills transfer programmes and to work with Congolese small businesses themselves.
In a country that depends on the hydrocarbons sector for nearly 75% of its budget revenues, diversifying the economy and creating local jobs represent two major challenges for the country’s Economic Diversification Support Programme (EDSP). Through the BETOSALA initiative, Total is actively contributing to the implementation of the EDSP. As part of EDSP, Congolese companies receive technical training leading to new qualifications and/or certifications.