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IFC and Partners to Help Strengthen Small and Medium Businesses in Mexico


IFC                
Clara Ugarte Perrin                
Phone: 511-611-2501                
E-mail: cugarteperrin@ifc.org


Mexico City, Mexico, November 25, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group; Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos; and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey have partnered to enhance managerial performance in Mexico and improve the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises, which are key contributors to economic development in the country.


IFC and its partners presented to Mexico’s entrepreneurial community, the SME Toolkit Integrapyme, a customized Web-based toolkit for the local market. An innovation of IFC, the online portal offers free business information and tools to help micro, small, and medium enterprises address some of the common challenges that entrepreneurs face. These include business plan preparation; access to legal, accounting, and finance services; and market information.

Roberto Albisetti, IFC Representative for Mexico and Central America, said, “Supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises is a strategic priority for IFC, because they are a key engine for job creation. Initiatives such as the SME Toolkit Integrapyme provide the tools that enterprises need to grow and compete in global markets.”

The Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey have customized the portal’s content and format to meet Mexican enterprises’ specific management needs and local market characteristics, offering more than 1,000 specialized tools and articles and online forums and conferences to increase direct interaction among entrepreneurs.

In 2006, IFC partnered with IBM to strengthen and expand the toolkit’s capabilities. To date, the SME Toolkit platform offers colaborative and innovative features for users in Barbados, Brazil, Granada, Guyana, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in the Latin America and the Caribbean markets. Globally, the SME Toolkit has been launched in 17 languages, in more than 32 markets, and receives over 5 million visitors per year.
To find out more about the
SME Toolkit Integrapyme, visit www.integrapyme.com.mx.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

For more information about IFC’s partners, visit:

IBM,
www.ibm.com.  
CONCAMIN, www.concamin.org.mx.
ITESM, www.itesm.edu.
CONCAMIN
Jesús E. De la Rosa Ibarra
Phone: 52-55-52706809
E-mail: delarosa@mx1.ibm.com

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Laura Ruiz Pérez
Phone: 52-81-83581400
E-mail: laruiz@itesm.mx