Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)
Department of Economic Development

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  About the Dialogues

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the productive structure in OAS member states. They account for more than 99 percent of businesses, two-thirds of the jobs and 30 percent of the gross domestic product. On the trade front, less than 10 percent of MSMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean engage in export activities and global value chains, a lower percentage than in Europe and East Asia. Their use of technology is very limited and their innovation level is low.

Since 2010, the Department of Economic Development (DED), in cooperation with other institutions working on MSME issues, has been supporting the Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities to enhance the capacity of the institutions that support the design and implementation of policies and programs that encourage MSME productivity, entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization in OAS member states. The three components of the Dialogue are: policy dialogue, cooperation and capacity building. For more information on the Fifth Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities (May 16-17, 2017), click here.