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Central America: Supporting Private Sector Development

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International Technical Assistance for the ADESEP Program

2015 - 2019
Client: European Commission
CHALLENGE

Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are paramount to the success of Latin American economies. In Guatemala, for example, MSMEs employ 4.5 million people, while Honduras boasts more than 127,000 MSMEs. In other countries, such as Costa Rica, they represent 94% of current businesses. Despite their significant impact on the economy of these countries, MSMEs continue to face challenges, such as difficulty obtaining credit or a series of constraints linked to public administration (e.g. heavy bureaucratic procedures which may impede the founding of new companies).

APPROACH

The overall objective of the project is to promote entrepreneurship and improve the competitiveness of the private sector (in particular MSMEs) in Central America, with a focus on the framework of regional and international trade. Anticipated project results include:

  • Improvement of competitiveness and internationalization of Central American MSMEs.
  • Promotion of regional entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthening of the regional institutional framework for MSME development, both in the public and private sectors.
OUR GOALS AND RESULTS

DT Global has worked closely with the regional center for the promotion of Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (CENPROMYPE) by providing training to its employees in multiple areas, including budget alleviation. To date, the project has supported several MSMEs in their process of internationalization and has further promoted a friendlier entrepreneurship environment in the region.

Economic Growth

Economic Reform
Trade and Competitiveness
Private Sector Development