Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)

Department of Economic Development


A number of key partners are working with SEDI to enhance the capacity of member states’ institutions that support the design and implementation of policies and programs that encourage productivity, entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), as well as cooperatives and other production units:

  • Since 2012, the Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS has supported and funded the implementation of the Caribbean SBDC Program which focuses on the delivery of standardized quality technical assistance by MSME support institutions to clients in a manner that provides measurable results and economic impact. In recent years, significant efforts have been undertaken to coordinate with other donors in order to leverage their contributions. Partnerships with the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the IDB-funded Compete Caribbean Program in the area of capacity building have provided critical support and resources to existing SBDC programs, and in so doing, has augured towards their future sustainability.
  • Through a fellowship program, the Government of Chile through SERCOTEC has offered capacity building to and shared its innovative practices with senior professionals from 17 OAS member states working in small business development centers. SERCOTEC is the host the VII Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities.
  • The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) have been a key SEDI partner in the areas of MSME development providing capacity building activities aimed at strengthening MSME institutions in the region through in-kind and financial resources, including for the Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities.
  • The joint SEDI-WhatApps Initiative launched in October 2020 as well as the development of a direct collaboration with eBay and other partners such as Google will help deliver customized virtual training programs for MSMEs to expand their digital footprint, and increase their internationalization efforts and opportunities for engaging in e-commerce. These partnerships also include a train-the-trainer program for the authorities in charge of supporting the MSME sector.