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Authorities of the region will Address Policies, Programs and Solutions for the Economic Recovery of MSMEs Post-COVID

  September 8, 2021

Vice ministers, permanent secretaries responsible for the portfolio of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MIPYMES) and other authorities of the sector will participate, this September 9 and 10, in the VII Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities “Public Policies, Programs, and Solutions for the Post-COVID Economic Recovery of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)” which will take place in virtual format.

The meeting is organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and SERCOTEC, Chile’s agency supporting micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs. During the event, participants will exchange knowledge, experiences, best practices and concrete opportunities for cooperation to support the competitiveness, innovation and internationalization of MSMEs.

The meeting’s agenda includes opening remarks by:
• Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development (SEDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS)
• Lucas Palacios, Minister of Economy of Chile
• Bruno Trisotti Martínez, National Director of the Technical Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC), Chile

It will also include a keynote lecture on: “Confronting Challenges, Expanding Opportunities: The role of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in our economies” by Isabella Casillas Guzmán, Administrator, from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Through dialogues and the exchange of experiences, the meeting will seek to identify priorities for the post-COVID economic recovery of MSMEs in the following areas:

• Financial solutions;
• Digitalization, electronic commerce and other technological solutions;
• International courier and shipping services; and
• Economic empowerment of women.

At the meeting, delegates will exchange knowledge and experiences on policies adopted for post-COVID MSME economic recovery including: What measures have been developed and implemented to support the economic recovery of the MSME sector post-COVID?, What priority areas have been identified?, What are the most pressing actionable policies that countries in the region can adopt to provide financial solutions to small businesses to accelerate the post-COVID recovery of the MSME sector? And what financial solutions are most appropriate to facilitate MSME economic recovery post-COVID? The Dialogue's agenda also includes the launch of the project: “Economically Empowered Women for Equitable and Resilient Societies” by the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the OAS, that aims to increase the participation of women in the digital economy.

The agenda of the ministerial dialogue is available here

Press contact: (GOchoa@oas.org)

WHAT: VII Inter-American Dialogue of High-Level MSME Authorities “Public Policies, Programs, and Solutions for the Post-COVID Economic Recovery of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

WHEN: September 9-10, 2021

Reference: AVI-093/21