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Business Services Pilot Project
This nonreimbursable technical cooperation seeks to improve the productivity and competitiveness of micro-, small-, and medium-sized firms by increasing their access to technical assistance and training through vouchers that subsidize approximately 50 percent of the cost. The programs components are: strengthening of demand for business services, through a technical assistance and in-firm training voucher system and an external training voucher system; strengthening the supply of business services, through a technical innovation fund to facilitate the provision of specialized assistance by supplier institutions; and information dissemination and marketing. In this way, the pilot project aims to generate increased and better-informed demand for non-financial business services, experience in negotiating technical assistance service contracts, and adaptation of services to the needs of small-scale firms. The technical assistance and in-firm training voucher system of the first component provides eligible firms up to three vouchers a year, which will permit them to obtain technical assistance of at least 25 technical specialist/hours outside of the firm, or in-firm training of at least 20 hours, for a minimum of five participants. The external training voucher system provides eligible firms up to eight vouchers per year to finance the participation of company workers in courses with a minimum duration of 20 hours. Implementation of the two systems includes: (a) public announcements in various media to attract institutions that may wish to participate; (b) prequalification, selection and accreditation of these institutions in registries; (c) signing of cooperative agreement with institutions selected; (d) training of the program coordinating unit (PCU) in the distribution of vouchers; (e) approval of external training courses, in-firm training, and technical assistance services; (f) distribution and redemption of the vouchers; and (g) supervision of institutions, courses, and interventions in firms. The second component, the technical innovation fund, provides partial funding for technical assistance to institutions to support technical and administrative innovation in the provision of services to small-scale firms. The fund will finance proposals presented jointly by at least three supplier institutions accredited by the program. Again, public announcements will appear in various media. The third component consists of an information reference system, an extensive and diversified database of existing non-financial business services to act as an interface between buyer firms and supplier institutions. Its development and implementation will involve: (a) contracting consulting support for the graphic design and formulation of a widespread communication strategy; (b) implementation of a systematic radio and press dissemination campaign; (c) contracting of consulting support for the design and implementation of the appropriate program management software; (d) contracting and training of information officers; and (e) the installation and opening of information, orientation, and user service windows.

Project Detail

Country

Guatemala

Project Number

TC9802192

Approval Date

June 2, 1999

Project Status

Closed

Project Type

Technical Cooperation

Sector

PRIVATE FIRMS AND SME DEVELOPMENT

Subsector

PRIVATE FIRMS AND SME DEVELOPMENT

Lending Instrument

Instrumento del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones

Lending Instrument Code

MIF

Modality

-

Facility Type

-

Environmental Classification

-

Total Cost

USD 2,265,070.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 680,000.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 1,585,070.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/ME-6537-GU Non-Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) - Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/ME-6537-GU
  • Lending Type: Non-Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) -
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable

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Implementation Phase
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-47
Project Performance Monitoring Reports
PPMR for MIF project TC9802192 - ATN_ME-6537-GU July, 2000 [1783360].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-48
Project Performance Monitoring Reports
PPMR for MIF project TC9802192 - ATN_ME-6537-GU June, 2001 [1783361].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-917344851-73
Donors Memorandum
Business Services Pilot Project [415616].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
English
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-739
General Procurement Notices
Aviso General de Adquisiciones [35234640].HTML
Dec. 31, 1999
English
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-641671526-3
General Procurement Notices
Centro de servicios empresariales [534284].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-917344851-211
Donors Memorandum
Proyecto piloto de servicios empresariales [454139].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
Closed Phase
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-46
Final Evaluation Report
MIF_AT-255 - Administracion de Bonos para la Asistencia Tecnica y Capacitacion y Fortalecimiento Institucional - [1545722].DOC
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
Other Documents
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-6
Intermediate Evaluation Report
Proyecto Piloto _ Servicios Empresariales - MIF_AT-255 Evaluacion Intermedia Anexo D [630405].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-2
Intermediate Evaluation Report
Administracion de Bonos para la Asistencia Tecnica y Capacitacion, y Fortalecimiento Institucional - MIF_AT-255 [630399].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-3
Intermediate Evaluation Report
Proyecto Piloto_ Servicios Empresariales - MIF_AT-255 Evaluacion Intermedia Anexo A [630400].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-4
Intermediate Evaluation Report
Proyecto Piloto_ Servicios Empresariales - MIF_AT-255 Evaluacion Intermedia Anexo B [630401].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-5
Intermediate Evaluation Report
Proyecto Piloto_ Servicios Empresariales - MIF_AT-255 Evaluacion Intermedia Anexo C [630404].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1433503397-49
Evaluation
Evaluation report for MIF project TC9802192 - ATN_ME-6537-GU [1797982].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Spanish

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