IIC held a workshop for Barbadian SMEs on how to enhance their export project management practices and techniques


It was the third workshop of its kind under the FINPYME ExportPlus program, with support from the Korea-IIC SME Development Trust Fund

Bridgetown, Barbados - On August 23 and 24, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, held a FINPYME ExportPlus workshop on export management. The workshop, organized in partnership with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA), and Scotiabank, provided information and training to small and medium-sized enterprises on best practices, techniques, methods, and guidelines on how to better manage projects. Participants also received technical assistance on trade certification.

FINPYME ExportPlus is a program of the IIC that seeks to complement the Inter-American Development Bank’s activities in support of the World Trade Organization’s Aid for Trade initiative. Under the program, technical experts provide direct assistance to help SMEs improve their competitiveness and their ability to export.

According to Antonello Bove, IIC’s FINPYME ExportPlus program leader and lecturer at the workshop, "project management has become the most sought-after skill in the business world. It is a very fast growing professional discipline and one of the most demanded by employers and recruiters alike. SMEs can benefit from employees who have the critical knowledge needed to lead successful projects."

About the IIC

The IIC is a multilateral financial institution whose 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 2010, the IIC reached US$1.4 billion in assets and approved forty-nine operations channeling US$374.8 million to SMEs in the region. For more information on the IIC’s activities, please visit www.iic.org

Contact: Antonello Bove

Telephone: (202) 623-3905

Email: antonellob@iadb.org