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"Public Policies to Enhance the Competitiveness, Innovation and Internationalization of MSMEs"

The IV Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities and Public Policies to Enhance the Competitiveness, Innovation and Internationalization of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), will be held on April 16-17, 2015 at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C. with the support of the Department of Economic Development of the OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development with funding from the Government of Canada. The objective of the meeting is to continue the regional dialogue among high-level authorities that has taken place since 2010 on policies and programs to support the innovation and competitiveness of MSMEs. Participants will include high-level authorities responsible for the MSME portfolio and representatives of institutions with programs aimed at strengthening the capacity of this sector, who will have the opportunity to share best practices and identify concrete opportunities for horizontal cooperation. The Dialogue is expected to conclude with the identification of elements of a plan of action to promote the competitiveness, innovation and internationalization of MSMEs as part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region, as well as mechanisms to follow-up and document the progress made at the national and regional level, including horizontal cooperation initiatives.



Gilles Bernard,
Vice-président Performance et Innovation, Desjardins,

Inés Bustillo,
Directora, Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe de la ONU (CEPAL), Oficina en Washington, D.C.

Franklin A. Carrero-Martínez, Program Director, International Science and Engineering Office,  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator,  International Science and  U.S. Small Business Administration)

ChristianChristian Volpe Martincus, Lead Economist, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 

Ingrid Figueroa,
Directora Ejecutiva, Centro Regional de la Promoción de la MIPYME  (CENPROMYPE) 

Guillermo Fernández

Rafael García Moreira,   Director de Programa, INGENIO,  Montevideo 

Gary Gereffi,
Director, Center on Globalization, Governance &  Competitiveness Social Science Research Institute, Duke University 

Melanie Gideon
General Manager,  Enterprise & Innovation Division, BELTRAIDE, Belize

Gail Gillian-Bain
Canadian Association of Business Incubation

Anabel González
Senior Director, Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness, 
World Bank

Ana Varela Greif
Contacto para América Latina, US National Business Incubation Association  (NBIA) 

Thomas Guevara
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce  for Regional Affairs Economic Development  Agency  

Hon. Emma Hippolyte
Minister of Commerce,  Business Development Investment and  Consumer Affairs, Saint Lucia 

José Miguel Insulza
Secretario General, Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)

Daniel Isenberg
Profesor de Práctica Empresarial, Babson Executive and  Enterprise Education Director ejecutivo fundador del Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP)  

Sigfrido Lee
Viceministro de Fomento a las PYMES, Ministerio de Industria y Comercio, República Dominicana 

Ignacio Méndez
Viceministro de Fomento a las PYMES, Ministerio de Industria y Comercio, República Dominicana

Silvia Patricia Mora Castro,   Directora de la Oficina de Transferencia de  Tecnología, Tecnológico de Monterrey,  México 

Nanno Mulder
Oficial de Asuntos Económicos,  División de Comercio Internacional e Integración, CEPAL  

Adriana Rueda Pérez,
Directora, Dirección Micro, Pequeña y Mediana Empresa, Colombia

Inti Núñez
Gerente de Emprendimiento, Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (CORFO), Chile 

Rosibel Ochoa
Executive Director, Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego 

César Parga
Departamento de Desarrollo Económico, Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)

Michael Penfold
Director de Políticas Públicas y Competitividad, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF)

Alexandre Steinbruch, Gestor de Projetos Associação Nacional de Entidades Promotoras de Empreendimentos Inovadores (ANPROTEC)

Maryse Robert
Director, Department of Economic Development, OAS

Enrique Jacob Rocha
Presidente, Instituto Nacional de Emprendimiento  (INADEM), México  

Alejandro Soriano
Ejecutivo Senior, Dirección de Promoción de las PYMES, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) 

Jesus Soriano
Program Director, SBIR/STTR,  Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation (NSF) 

Richard Swart,
Director of Research, Innovation in Entrepreneurial & Social Finance Program, University of California, Berkeley

Bernardo Troncoso
Director Nacional, 

V. Sherry Tross,
Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States (OAS)

Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce





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