In Bolivia, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute approximately 35% to gross domestic product. Compared with other countries, this proportion is rather small, although they employ around 93% of the workforce. According to estimates, in the past 15 years, 8 out of 10 new jobs in Bolivia have been created by SMEs. It is primarily people from lower social classes and rural areas that have benefited from this.
The project promotes practically-orientated training and consulting services in service centres which offer courses, workshops and advice, primarily covering legal and business management matters. Forums (trade fairs, meetings, etc.) help to encourage contact with other economic stakeholders, while companies marketing SME products are specifically supported. An improved network of contacts also makes access easier to invitations to tender for public contracts and SMEs are supported with advice about relevant tender procedures.
Thanks to the development and expansion of an officially recognised certification system for products and services, quality is improved, processes are optimised and market opportunities are increased as a result.
All measures are aimed at actual requirements, take into consideration distinctive regional features and, in harmony with government initiatives, result in stimulation of the economy and improvement of general conditions for SMEs.
Achievements of phase I (2013 - 2017)
2017 - 2021
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