Currently, the European market offers interesting opportunities for Central American producers and agricultural exporters who are well prepared for exporting to Europe. The CBI and FIDE, together with their strategic partners in Honduras, are offering technical assistance to support companies in their preparation as part of a new Central American Agri Training Program.
This technical assistance will be carried out by independent consultants with vast experience, knowledge, and networks in Europe to ensure updated content, that is specialized and high quality.
Companies selected to participate in the program will receive individualized advice through on-site consulting, workshops and training courses, market information, participation in trade fairs and activities between companies. Depending on your specific needs, your company could also receive support in the areas of business development, certification and production improvements.
For companies in Honduras, the application period is open until August 31, 2012.
This program is aimed at exporters or potential exporters in the agrifood sector of Honduras who have the desire and aspirations to expand their export activities to Europe.
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From a press release published by the Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments of El Salvador (PROESA):
Under the Export Promotion Strategy, the Government of El Salvador launched on Tuesday April 16 the third edition of the Step by Step Export Program, a coordinated effort between the Agency for Promotion of Exports and Investments of El Salvador (PROESA) and the Ministry of Economy (MINEC), which has the support of the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency (STP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through USAID's development program for SMEs, and the Special Fund of Resources from the Proceeds of the Privatization of ANTEL (FANTEL). It is expected that one hundred Salvadoran firms will initially be assisted as exporters and that there will be negotiations totalling over $5 million.
The 'Ventanilla Única para las Exportaciones' or VUPE and the Regímenes de Perfeccionamiento Activo or OPA, have launched a new unified website.
From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exports (AGEXPORT):
In order to offer exporters and the general public ease in obtaining information relating to the export sector, the Ventanilla Única para las Exportaciones -VUPE- and the Oficina de Regímenes de Perfeccionamiento Activo -OPA-have launched a new unified website which provides the following features:
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The Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica has presented its report on the work of 2012, in a document entitled Institutional Report 2012.
From a letter from the CEO introducing the report:
The Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica has created a new unit to "support local companies engaged in exports or who have the potential to do so."
The question that immediately arises is how this "support" to companies with export potential will be given since it is already well established that official "consultants" who populate the offices of the new unit, do not know how "to be entrepreneurs," but merely how to receive their salaries on time every month, regardless of the fate of companies that they "support":