Honduras, April 29, 2010—IFC, a
member of the World Bank Group; CRECERH; EduSystems; and UNITEC have launched
“Business Edge,” an innovative and interactive program specifically developed
for owners and managers of small and medium enterprises, in Honduras.
Business Edge offers practical solutions to support growth and improve
competitiveness of small and medium businesses, providing useful tools
that can be applied in daily work. It does so in Honduras through the use
of high-quality materials adapted to local market characteristics and needs.
“IFC is very pleased to partner with local well-regarded institutions
to strengthen SME performance and productivity, which will help create
work opportunities and make the SME contributions to the local economy
more sustainable,” said IFC Representative Elvira Van Daele. “IFC’s
Business Edge initiative is key in our efforts to support the sustainability
of the private sector in Honduras and provides large added value due to
its innovative, practical, and interactive methodology.”
Business owners and entrepreneurs had three trial sessions recently, two
in Tegucigalpa and one in San Pedro Sula, where they experienced the efficiency
and practical focus of the Business Edge program.More than 100 SMEs experienced
the added value of the program.
Business Edge will be available to SMEs starting May 2010 and will be offered
by three certified partners: CRECERH, EduSystems, and UNITEC. Business
Edge focuses on five managerial themes: finance and accountancy, general
and operations management, marketing, human resources, and personal productivity
IFC’s strategy in Honduras seeks to promote access to finance for micro,
small, and medium enterprises and assist local companies to become regional
and global players. Through its advisory services, IFC aims to improve
the overall business climate, promoting the simplification of red tape
and creating development opportunities for SMEs.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to
escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic
growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development,
mobilizing capital for private enterprise, and providing advisory and risk
mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments
totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing
countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.