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Formation of Center for Business Development

This project seeks to improve the competitiveness of small businesses in Uruguay, through establishment of a business development center (BDC) in the Manufacturers Association of Uruguay (CIU), with two nationwide windows, one in Montevideo at CIU headquarters and the second operating on a pilot basis in the city of Paysandú, in northern Uruguay. Project activities are to: (a) generate demand among businesses for nonfinancial business services; (b) stimulate cooperation among firms as an instrument to increase competitiveness, through supplier strengthening pilot programs, sector pilot programs, and internationalization pilot programs; and (c) cooperate in the strengthening of the local supply of business development services, consulting services, and the network of private-sector business intermediaries. The first activity will: (a) stimulate greater, more diverse demand for business services; (b) facilitate the selection, use, and supervision of consulting and business development services; and (c) launch a promotion and marketing campaign. The BDC will identify and visit small businesses in manufacturing and related sectors to identify demand for advisory services and entrepreneurs will be motivated to use consulting services through cofinancing. The second activity will promote business association activities through: (a) pilot programs of associations between businesses and providers to strengthen the chain of production by improving quality, prices, and delivery capacity; (b) pilot sector programs, which will improve productivity and quality through cooperation, by incorporating several levels of the chain, like cluster programs; and (c) pilot internationalization programs, aimed at helping the businesses penetrate international markets through development of a comprehensive plan for joint ventures with businesses in the region. The third activity funds the BDC in providing referral services to entrepreneurs and coordinating the supply of such services. A yearly training program will be carried out for local consultants in such topics as the labor system, business organization, production programming and planning, industrial costs, and so forth.

Project Detail



Project Number


Approval Date

August 4, 1999

Project Status


Project Type

Technical Cooperation





Lending Instrument

Instrumento del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones

Lending Instrument Code




Facility Type


Environmental Classification


Total Cost

USD 2,100,000.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 834,000.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 1,266,000.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/ME-6604-UR Non-Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) - Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/ME-6604-UR
  • 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
Project Performance Monitoring Reports
PPMR for MIF project TC9806251 - ATN_ME-6604-UR July, 2000 [1786325].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Project Performance Monitoring Reports
PPMR for MIF project TC9806251 - ATN_ME-6604-UR July, 2001 [1786326].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Procurement Plan
Plan de Adquisiciones 6604 al 31_12_04 [445592].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Donors Memorandum
Business Development Center Program [465061].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Donors Memorandum
Programa para la formación de un centro de desarrollo empresarial (CDE) [465062].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Closed Phase
Final Evaluation Report
Centro de Desarrollo Empresarial (CDE) - Evaluacion Final - MIF_AT-271 [1028688].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999
Other Documents
Intermediate Evaluation Report
MIF_AT-271 - Formacion de un Centro de Desarrollo Empresarial - Evaluacion Intermedia [1600751].PDF
Dec. 31, 1999

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