MSME Capacity Building and Development Project List

Small and Medium Enterprise Capacity Building and Development

NAME
FUNDED BY
PARTNERS
OBJECTIVE/S
PARTICIPANTS/OUTCOMES
FINPYME 2009-2012
IIC
SCOTIABANK

The program is designed to help (SMEs) grow and develop. It was divided into two phase.

Phase 1 – Diagnostic of 13 companies

Phase 2 – Group and Individual Technical Assistance. . Three companies were selected to carry out comprehensive analyses and compile the finding in “competitiveness Improvement Plan”. One of the implementations of the individual technical assistance has been completed the other two are ongoing.

Completed Topics for Group TAs

  1. Human Resource Management (Completed
  2. Corporate Governance (Completed on August 6, 2010)
  3. Budgeting and Costing (Completed November 26, 2010)
  4. Financial Management ( Completed May 27th 2011)
  5. Logistics Workshop (Completed Feb. 29th to March 1st 2012)

Upcoming Group TAs:

  1. How to develop financial proposals (tentative date July 19th 2012)
QMPS PROJECT 2009-2012
CENPROMYPE/ TAIWANESE GOVT
Belize Bureau of Standards

To implement a change in the process of entrepreneurial management systems of SME’s in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, aimed to improve their competitiveness, based on continuous improvement of their quality and productivity.

Specific objectives:

  1. Awareness training of SME’s , the public, private organizations, government bodies about the importance and implementation of quality management systems applicable to different sectors

  2. Executing quality and productivity improvement projects in SME’s in order to establish a structure that allows for the implementation of new quality and productivity processes, optimizing the organizational development and implementing a strategic planning in the company, as well as teamwork
  3. Creating a co-financing fund to support the certification of production processes or goods and services of SME’s.

6 SMEs participated in the QMPS project.

 

Since we were unable to implement ISO, SMEs targeted are working towards certification in the following Quality Management System Programs.

  1. 5S Methodology
  2. HACCP
  3. GMPs

Companies are still working consultants to develop plans and implementation.

MARKET ACCESS 2010-2012
COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT

To support BELTRADE in its efforts to maximize value creation by building the sustainability and competitiveness of SMEs in the agri-business and light manufacturing sectors, through improved access to profitable and sustainable local and international markets.

It comprises three components:

  1. Analysis of potential market niches, identification of product/service specification and development of training tools to transfer skills to SMEs.
  2. Delivering business development services such as training, advice and counseling to assist SMEs to upgrade their enterprises; advisory support to assist SMEs in attracting the necessary finance to upgrade and access new markets.
  3. Delivering and supporting the enhancement of the SME programme by training BELTRAIDE staff and other service providers to manage a market access programme.

Consultant to select companies based on capacity & capabilities.

Output to date:

  1. Project Plans and Project Team Developed
  2. Production Capacities and Resources of SMEs analyzed
  3. Analysis of potential market niches
  4. Staff trained to manage market access program
  5. Technical advice& counseling provided to SMEs
  6. Trade Fair ( Buyer & Seller) show in Mexico
  7. Strategic Plan developed for BELTRAIDE’s SME support function, annexed with training
  8. SMEs assisted.
Inclusive Linkages 2011-203
CENPROMYPE
BELTRAIDE, CENPROMYPE, Ministry of Economy in Guatemala

Inclusive Linkage Project was launched in August 30, 2011 and will implement along border region of Belize and Guatemala. This project has three components:

  1. strengthening of the institutional framework of the territories, as well as the organizational structures and dialogue
  2. Promotion of economic & business linkages between the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  3. Training in and awareness-raising of the local development concept.

18 more months to complete the project.

MSMEs in Santa Elena, San Ignacio, San Jose Succotz, Benque Veijo Del Carmen, Arenal, Melchor de Mencos, Flores, Peten. Presentation of finding for the baseline study for Tourism Value Chain. Bi-national meeting with Belize and Guatemala to present and discuss the municipality’s role and action plan.
MSME Policy and Strategy November 2011 – April 2012
CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)
Through funding from the CDF, a Consultant was hired to assist in the development of an MSME Policy and Strategy for Belize.
Completed:

  1. 6 countrywide consultations
  2. 1 National Symposium in March 2012
  3. Final Symposium in April 2012
  4. Final document
  5. Cabinet paper
MSME Regional Information for Central America 2011-2014
CENPROMYPE, CENTROESTAD

Objective of this project is to establish an information system and methodology to generate data on MSME performance and characteristics in Central American countries.

 

Process of developing Technical Committee for the project.
ACCESS TO REGIONAL MARKETS 2012-2014
CENPROMYPE, SICA, SPAIN FUND, SIECA, SITCA

Objective is to assist MSMEs in accessing of opportunities within Central American market by providing them with specialized information services, market intelligence, support to access financing, training and technical assistance.

Expected results:

  1. A knowledge management and information on the Central American market and a modelbeen established to enable MSMEs address the markets’ current demands.
  2. Participating MSMEs to increase their share and are taking advantage of the regional market through the improvement of supply and demand (improved competitiveness).
  3. MSMEs access to financing has been promoted & facilitated through policy proposals and methodological support tools.
Participating “Consultants” included representatives from:

  1. Beltraide
  2. Foreign Trade
  3. BCCI
  4. UB
First component of project was training on how to develop Export Business Plans ( January 2012) Pending: Develop Export business plan for SME’s.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER 2012
BELTRAIDE, DFC, MIF
UTSA, CEDA, DFC, OAS

Launched SBDC Model in Belize in March 2012.

Certificate Training consists of 4 Modular Training Programs over 5 months period

1st Modular Training Program – 8-10th May, 2012
2nd Modular Training Program- 4-5th July 2012
3rd Modular Training Program- 7-9th August 2012
4th Modular Training Program- 5-6th 2012

Budget presently being reviewed.

Participants included representatives from:

  1. BCCI
  2. Financial Institutions
  3. Credit Unions
  4. ITVET
  5. BYBT
  6. BBS
ENTREPRE- NEURSHIP PROJECT 2012
GOVERNMENT OF SPAIN
CENPROMYPE
Funding received from Government of Spain to promote entrepreneurship in member countries.