The Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Jorge Faurie; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the vice president of CEOE and president of CEPYME, Gerardo Cuerva; and the president of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), Miguel Acevedo; have inaugurated today the III Ibero-American Forum of the Mipyme, in which issues of interest for the Region were analyzed. Yesterday after the meetings held in the morning, GERARDO Cuerva transferred the recommendations of the business organizations to the participants in the joint meeting between the public and private sectors. In the afternoon, also in the framework of the III Forum of the Mipyme, there was a meeting of Young Entrepreneurs, organized by CEAJE and FIJE, in which also participated the president of CEPYME, Gerardo Cuerva and the general director of CEOE International and secretary permanent of CEIB, Narciso Casado.

Public and private sector recommendations

During the joint meeting between the public and private sectors, the SME authorities of the various Ibero-American countries and representatives of business organizations of the Region, shared the conclusions reached in the previous meetings. The public sector assured that the development of digital skills is key and for this it is essential to work in partnerships with business chambers and universities. The importance of collaborating among countries to homogenize the attention processes as far as possible was considered and the idea was to release the digital maturity indexes and be able to work together. Also, they considered that there is a superfluous use of digital tools, they are little used for production. Therefore, they pointed out, it is necessary to develop the knowledge economy to improve the productivity of the different sectors.

Regarding entrepreneurship and innovation, the SME authorities talked about strengthening the generation of data that allows characterizing entrepreneurship in the Region. They also bet on facilitating the formalization processes of nascent ventures, which requires an analysis of the concepts of formality that are being applied in the countries, considering the realities of the new economic activities. In this sense, they chose to promote with greater force the processes of promotion of entrepreneurial culture in the educational systems that allow to advance towards entrepreneurial and innovative societies. Another fundamental aspect, they indicated, is to improve the financial environment, especially in instruments for the first stages of entrepreneurship, and not only through the promotion of seed capital instruments, risk capital, or the participation of angel investors, but through the necessary dialogue with the regulatory entities for the flexibility of risk assessments of the ventures. They also suggested strengthening the accompanying instruments for dynamic ventures that generate added value in the development of new companies.

With regard to the private sector, the business organizations of the Region highlighted the importance of the MSMEs that form the backbone of the economies but find it difficult to coexist with the macroeconomic situations of the environment, which is why it is necessary to adopt specific measures. In this sense, they stressed that technological evolution is not an option but a necessity for the survival of MSMEs. Likewise, they considered it fundamental that the public sector recognizes in its public agendas the measures so that companies can innovate and have budgets according to these measures. The private sector also claims to reduce the legislative system associated with innovation as a measure to guarantee its effectiveness. Finally, they assured that the education and formation of the society must accompany this effort so that the culture of the innovation is integrated spontaneously. In fact, they indicated that business organizations are mediators between companies and public agents in this work.

Young Entrepreneurs Forum

Yesterday, day 2, an event organized by the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Associations (CEAJE) and the Ibero-American Federation of Young Entrepreneurs (FIJE), under the motto "Business in Latin America, was also held within the framework of the III Forum of the Mipyme. " The president of FIJE, Juan Manuel Barrero, will take part in it; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the general secretary of the Ibero-American Youth Organization, Max Trejo; and the CEOE CEO, Gerardo Cuerva and CEOE International CEO and permanent secretary of CEIB, Narciso Casado. More than 150 young entrepreneurs from throughout the Region participated in the event.

The vice president of CEOE and president of CEPYME, Gerardo Cuerva, praised the opening of the event to the International Youth Organization for the preparation of the Ibero-American Youth Entrepreneurship Report, presented in February and which analyzes the progress and challenges facing entrepreneurship in the 21st Ibero-American countries. The report, he said, indicates that young people in the region between 24 and 35 years old have a higher entrepreneurial rate than the adult population and that there is a high youth predisposition towards entrepreneurship. However, he informed, these vocations tend to fall in the next three years.

Cuerva said that from the business organizations, an effort should be made to promote and encourage youth entrepreneurship. He considered that the Ibero-American space governments are making an important effort to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems. As for the companies, he pointed out that they request a reduction in the regulatory burden; they demand the creation of experimental spaces for innovative ideas; claim a greater capillarity to access talent; and clear financing models, depending, depending on the situation, on public investment, co-investment or private sector investment. Also, "companies propose that innovation training be developed from the earliest stages of education," he added.


The permanent secretary of CEIB and CEOE of International CEOE, Narciso Casado, said at the closing ceremony that the business organizations have never been so coordinated, so present and working in common, committed by the Region. He also indicated that the organizations have a common frame of reference for belonging to the largest business platform in the world, the OIE, which brings together more than 150 entrepreneurs. "An important work has been done with the close collaboration of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, SEGIB, since the creation of CEIB in 2015, which is paying off," he said. In this regard, he explained that this collaboration has been extended to young entrepreneurs and their representative organizations, especially to CEAJE in Spain and to the Ibero-American Federation of Young Entrepreneurs (FIJE), as well as working in teams with such important institutions as the International Organization of Youth, OIJ.

Casado recalled a phrase that resonated in Geneva at one of the meetings of the OIE, and that "we are going faster alone and together we go further". As an example of the work done, the Permanent Secretary of CEIB mentioned Ibero-American business meetings held within the framework of the Summits of Heads of State and Government of Ibero-America in Cartagena and Guatemala and the Forum of Ibero-American Mipymes. Casado also indicated that the Council of Ibero-American Businessmen (CEIB) follows up on the mandates and themes of the Ibero-American Summits, and the Open Innovation Forum has been launched with SEGIB, which will lead to a major Ibero-American Conference on innovation next autumn. in Madrid.

III Ibero-American Forum of the Mipyme

During the III Iberoamerican Forum of the Mipyme, organized jointly by SEGIB, CEOE, the government of the Argentine Nation, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the country and the UIA, the CEOE CEO, Gerardo Cuerva, informed that the day It serves as a follow-up to the activities that take place within the framework of the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State and Government.

He explained that the Ibero-American Forum on Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is a space for reflection, exchange of good practices and discussion on the reality of the Ibero-American SME, its support policies, new organizational models and the promotion of strategic alliances between countries . He reported that the Forum is a joint initiative of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Government of Argentina and the Ibero-American Business Council (CEIB). The main objective is to open a space for reflection on the challenges of productive transformation and the inclusion of MSMEs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the promotion of intraregional trade and the participation of SMEs in global value chains.

Likewise, the participants in the meeting spoke about the opportunities offered by the Ibero-American space as a platform for open innovation and the promotion of partnerships to compete: startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs together with the large company; and an analysis of public support policies and new regulatory frameworks was made, paying special attention to cases of good practices. From an approach with a gender perspective, emphasis was placed on the economic empowerment of women and their participation in the business organization.

Source link