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Jun 16, 2015

MSME Workshop Launched

A national consultation workshop on the proposed strategy for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to benefit from the legal instruments of SIECA was held today in Belize City.  The initiative falls under the economic integration of Central American countries to promote better use of existing legal mechanisms in order to facilitate market access and movement of people across member states of SICA, the Central American System of Integration.  Fernando Ocampo, a consultant on the project, presented the strategy and its main components.

 

Fernando Ocampo, Consultant, CENPROMYPE

“What we are trying to achieve here with this workshop is to analyze the specific measures that can help smaller companies to take advantage of the integration regulations that we have already in Central America.  What we are trying to do is to get them to know the information, to get access to different rules that we have already in the region to be able to export to other Central American countries.”

 

Fernando Ocampo

Isani Cayetano

“How important is this workshop in terms of the sensitization process and having these respective participants understand where they fit into the global picture, so to speak?”

 

Fernando Ocampo

“Well the idea or the importance of this workshop is to try to get feedback from the Belizean authorities and try to take advantage or so of their experience in CARICOM.  You know, Belize is a part of CARICOM and they have specific measures that we would like to look at carefully and see if we can implement them in Central America.  But also the idea is to share what we are doing in other countries in Central America to see if we can take advantage of these specific experiences.  For example, if you try to cross a border in Central America, even though we are working to build a customs unit, it can take like eight to ten hours to twelve hours.  So for a small company trying to incorporate that time in their process it would be probably the reason to decide not to export to another country.  So what we are proposing here is to implement a specific measure in which we can help these companies not just to get the information but to help them to know how to apply that information.”

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