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Competitiveness Support program for Software SMESs
The project seeks to make software SMEs more competitive in Brazil and elsewhere in the region. The purpose is to validate a business model to enhance software SMEs competitiveness through the use of quality tools, internationalization, and localization techniques, and business linkages.

Project Detail

Country

Brazil

Project Number

BR-M1015

Approval Date

April 27, 2005

Project Status

Closed

Project Type

Technical Cooperation

Sector

PRIVATE FIRMS AND SME DEVELOPMENT

Subsector

SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE

Lending Instrument

Instrumento del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones

Lending Instrument Code

MIF

Modality

-

Facility Type

-

Environmental Classification

-

Total Cost

USD 2,950,000.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 1,650,000.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 1,300,000.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/ME-9183-BR Non-Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) - Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/ME-9183-BR
  • 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-1754612860-13702
MIF_ Project Status Report ATN_ME-9183-BR [38318904].PDF
Published Dec. 16, 2013
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-8675
FOMIN_ Reporte de estado del proyecto ATN_ME-9183-BR [35233892].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-12
Plano de Aquisições - ATN_ME-9183-BR [2019979].DOC
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1106611242-6134
Procurement Plan [331973].DOC
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-1063
Competitiviness Support program for Software SMESs [1052436].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-1064
Programa de Apoyo a la Competitividad Internacional de las Pymes de Software [1052440].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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Other Documents
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-15591
SOFTWARE E SERVIÇOS DE TI_ A INDÚSTRIA BRASILEIRA EM PERSPECTIVA [36173717].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1754612860-9742
Software e Serviços de TI - A Indústria Brasileira em Perspectiva [36173722].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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Publications
Published 2019
China Import Competition and El Salvador Manufacturing Firm Performance
In this paper, we analyze the impact of Chinese competition on manufacturing firms in El Salvador between 2005 and 2013 using manufacturing survey data and customs transaction data. We find that Chinese import competition in El Salvador has a negative effect on firms employment, total factor productivity (TFP), and revenue. A 1-percentage-point increase in the measure of Chinese import competition in El Salvador reduces the employment of production workers by 2.27%. The negative impact is mainly reflected in employment at firms with less than 50 employees and those with low capital intensity. A 1-percentage-point-increase in the measure of Chinese import competition in El Salvador reduces low-productivity firms TFP by 1.851%, and total revenue of the low-revenue firms by 3.241%. Chinese competition in El Salvador export markets increases the production-worker employment at large firms, reduces TFP at medium-productivity firms, reduces the total revenue of low productivity firms, and increase the total revenue of high-productivity firms. In general, firm offshoring has no effect.
Publications
Published 2019
Research Insights: How Does Increased Competition Impact Prices and Quality in The Retail Sector?
A conditional cash transfer program in the Dominican Republic offered an opportunity to randomize the entry of 61 firms into 72 markets and study the effects of increased competition on prices and service quality for the beneficiaries of the program. Six months after the intervention, entry into the market led to reductions in prices and an improvement of self-reported service quality among consumers. Prices dropped more in areas where the number of entrants was larger. Competition seems to have driven part of the clientele away from incumbent retailers.
Publications
Published 2021
Productive Development Policies in the Mining Value Chain: Policy Opportunity and Alignment
Natural resources are an important source for development, and Latin America is one of the regions with the highest endowment. This calls for a reconsideration of resource-based development. Ambitious countries are moving toward high-value activities and more diversified economies to continue moving up the development ladder. In this sense, the resurgence of industrial policy can correct market failures and lead to the implementation of mission-oriented policies. This document analyzes opportunities to design and implement integrated policies through a revised taxonomy of mining-related policies, applying it to Australia, South Africa, and Chile. The mining sector has been a fertile field, characterized by high technology niches, growth, and innovation. Demand and supply policies can shape the path for development within the sector and across the economy due to the potential of vertical and horizontal linkages.
Blogs
Published 2022
Can online platforms encourage women-owned firms in international trade? In the case of ConnectAmericas, yes
Can online platforms expand female-owned firms’ trade opportunities? Based on research using data from a business site in Latin America and the Caribbean, the answer is yes. This finding is important for the promotion of gender equality, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and for the policymakers, practitioners, and researchers who are increasingly
Blogs
Published 2022
Avoiding Economic Long-COVID: Policies to Support Firms and Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean
During the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, governments in Latin America and the Caribbean aided firms and households with support packages coordinated with central bank monetary policy. For many, liquidity injections and flexible financial sector supervision helped ease the pain. While many small firms closed their doors during the crisis, surprisingly few larger firms
Blogs
Published 2023
Easing the Credit Crunch on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise the overwhelming majority of formal businesses and create around half of formal employment for the average country in Latin America and the Caribbean, with that percentage rising to 80% in some cases. Yet, despite their immense importance to the economy of the region, these firms consistently struggle to get
Blogs
Published 2023
Cómo aliviar la crisis de crédito para las pequeñas y medianas empresas
Las pequeñas y medianas empresas (pymes) constituyen la inmensa mayoría de las empresas formales, y contribuyen con cerca del 50% del empleo formal en el país promedio en América Latina y el Caribe, e incluso con cerca del 80% en algunos casos. Sin embargo, a pesar de su enorme importancia para la economía de la
Blogs
Published 2023
The “Tiendita” and the Survival of Microenterprises Amid Competition from Large Firms
With its bountiful assortments of everything from tomatoes and milk to cigarettes and dog food, the little grocery store or “tiendita” is as ubiquitous and cherished as the bakeries, small liquor stores, and tacos stands that dot nearly every neighborhood in Mexico’s cities. But over the last 20 years, tienditas have faced significant competition from
Publications
Published 2023
Digitalización de las micro y pequeñas empresas y reducción de la desigualdad regional en México
A partir de tabulados de los Censos Económicos de 2014 y 2019 de México, este trabajo analiza la desigualdad entre unidades económicas en el acceso a las TIC y su relación con características de las empresas relacionadas al mercado laboral. En primer lugar, el estudio encuentra una fuerte correlación positiva entre la adopción de TIC y el tamaño de las unidades económicas; más aún, si bien las diferencias sectoriales en adopción de TIC son pequeñas entre las empresas medianas y grandes, éstas son mucho más marcadas entre las unidades económicas de hasta diez empleados. En cuanto a la dimensión regional, existe una elevada desigualdad entre entidades federativas en la adopción de TIC que se relaciona con la mayor y creciente densidad de empresas medianas y grandes en los estados del norte, y de micro y pequeñas empresas (MyPE) en los estados del sur-sureste. Por último, y contrario a la evidencia para países desarrollados, tanto entre los sectores económicos como entre las entidades federativas los datos muestran una correlación positiva del acceso de empresas a las TIC con la productividad laboral, calidad del empleo, salarios y participación del trabajo en el valor agregado. Desde el punto de vista de la política pública, los resultados sugieren que reducir la brecha digital entre las empresas mexicanas con foco en las MyPE, no sólo tendría impactos positivos en productividad sino también en la reducción de las desigualdades en el mercado laboral.
Publications
Published 2024
Sector de servicios una oportunidad para la diversificación productiva
La región andina se enfrenta no solo al desafío imperante de la descarbonización global, sino también a la problemática de la baja productividad en las micro y pequeñas empresas, lo cual impacta de manera significativa en la economía. Esta realidad subraya la necesidad urgente de superar las barreras de calidad para integrarse en cadenas de valores modernas. En este contexto, el sector de servicios, como principal empleador en la región, se revela como una pieza clave en la reconfiguración económica. La diversificación económica y el aumento de la productividad agregada se presentan como imperativos ineludibles. Las oportunidades para incrementar las exportaciones de servicios basados en conocimiento adquieren mayor relevancia, consolidando a la región andina como un actor significativo en el mercado internacional. En este proceso, el sector turístico emerge como un componente esencial para el desarrollo sostenible, aprovechando la rica biodiversidad y la geografía única de la región. Este potencial no solo promete un aumento en la atracción de visitantes, sino también una fuente vital de ingresos. A su vez, el auge de los servicios basados en plataformas digitales presenta nuevas oportunidades, aunque el desafío del aseguramiento social plantea una cuestión crucial en la transición hacia una economía más digitalizada y conectada. En resumen, la descarbonización global y la baja productividad en las micro y pequeñas empresas se perfilan como desafíos centrales para la economía de la región andina. Superar estas barreras se torna esencial para la consecución de un desarrollo económico sostenible y resistente, donde el sector de servicios desempeña un papel fundamental en la transformación y modernización de la región.
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