Guatemalan SMEs participate in Export Management workshops


Guatemala City – On April 8, 2010, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) hosted an export management training course for small and medium-sized businesses in Guatemala as part of the FINPYME ExportPlus program. It comprises eight workshops, which will feature experts from the School of Economics and Business at Universidad Rafael Landívar and will cover the following topics: sanitary and packaging certification; supply chain management, quality control, and global logistics; and international sales and marketing. The experts will also provide individual technical assistance sessions for all participating firms to improve their export management processes.

FINPYME ExportPlus supports the objectives of the World Trade Organization’s Aid for Trade initiative. Technical experts provide direct assistance to help small and medium-sized enterprises improve their competitiveness and their capacity to export. In Guatemala, FINPYME ExportPlus will include nine technical assistance activities on diverse topics, such as labeling requirements, export management, phytosanitary standards, and productivity improvement. Specific SME sectors to benefit from the program are leather manufacturing, agriculture, coffee, and wood products. In addition to group workshops, experts will also provide technical assistance for individual firms for trade certifications and process and management improvements. The FINPYME ExportPlus program in Guatemala is funded by the Government of Italy.

The IIC is a multilateral financial institution that is a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. The IIC’s mission is to promote the economic development of its regional member countries by encouraging the establishment, expansion, and modernization of private enterprises, particularly those that are small and medium in size. It does so by providing financing (in the form of equity investments, loans, guarantees, and other instruments) and advisory services to private enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2009, the IIC reached US$1.4 billion in assets and approved 40 operations channeling US$299.8 million to SMEs in the region. For more information on the IIC’s activities, please visit

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