Where We Work: Latin America & the Caribbean

 

Antigua and Barbuda

IESC has provided a series of technical assistance consultancies in Antigua starting over 30 years ago. IESC’s most recent project involved providing technical assistance in food processing. Other projects span a variety of technical areas such as manufacturing and tourism.
 

Argentina

In 1988, IESC launched its programs, including four full-scale USAID programs related to Small Medium Enterprise (SME) development, in Argentina. Activities included value chain surveys and value chain strategy development; diagnostics, and local company selection; networking and matchmaking; venture assistance; and technical assistance. IESC collaborated with the Argentina Chamber of Commerce to foster the sustainability of local businesses. These four related projects resulted in increased linkages between Argentinean and US firms.  In addition, IESC delivered a total of 76 technical assistance consultancies in areas such as marketing, agribusiness, engineering, manufacturing, management, and human resources development. 

Barbados

IESC began working in Barbados over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies. Since then, IESC has delivered a total of 146 technical assistance consultancies. Our experts delivered training and business services in focus areas leading towards improved small medium enterprise (SME) development, marketing, and exporting. We worked in a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, textiles, chemicals, electronics, ICT, woodworking, food processing, specialty foods, infrastructure, transportation, retail, printing, manufacturing, tourism, and microfinance.

Belize

IESC began working in Belize in 1985 on a Joint Venture Feasibility Fund as the prime implementer. The purpose of the program was to facilitate trade linkages between small medium enterprise (SME) Caribbean Basin country firms and US partners. IESC partnered with local trade associations throughout the region in order to promote sustainability. As a result of the program, 11 joint and co-ventures were completed. In addition, IESC has delivered a total of 94 technical assistance consultancies in the country across many value chains including tourism, management, and food processing.

Bolivia

IESC began its work in Bolivia over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies. The objective of the technical assistance consultancies was to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local enterprises.  IESC focused on providing technical assistance in management, manufacturing and marketing, and training in small and medium enterprise (SME) development.

Brazil

IESC first began its activities in Brazil 40 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program. IESC has delivered a total of 1,180 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC was also the prime implementing organization of the $28 million USAID BDS II umbrella program, under which it implemented the Global Trade and Technology program in Latin America, including Brazil. This program operated in sectors including agriculture, health, environment, and energy and focused on activities related to small medium enterprise (SME) development, information communications technology development, and trade and competitiveness. The program helped companies increase linkages with U.S. and other regional or international partners, resulting in viable investment opportunities and/or strategic alliances.  As a result of IESC assistance, participating firms in Latin America and the Caribbean achieved an aggregate $66 million in transactions/deals during the life of the program.

Chile

IESC has worked in Chile in a variety of capacities including providing technical assistance and implementing USAID and independent client-funded projects. IESC was the prime implementing organization of the Independent Business Unit, individually funded on a per service basis by IESC client companies. The IESC experts provided on-site technical assistance, facilitated partner meetings, and enabled trade show participation for clients.  Since beginning work in Chile over 20 years ago, we have delivered 222 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC experts delivered training, and business services in focus areas leading towards improved SME development, marketing, management, accounting, joint/co-ventures, and export facilitation.

Colombia

IESC’s activities in Colombia began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant. IESC also implemented four USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements in Colombia, three of which as a prime implementer. IESC has delivered a total of 847 technical assistance consultancies in the country in focus areas leading towards improved SME development, marketing, management, production/manufacturing, human resources/training, finance, and quality control.  IESC worked in a variety of sectors, including engineering, food production, packaging/distribution, construction, non-food agriculture, maintenance, environment, information communications technology, agribusiness, and agro-forestry.

Costa Rica

IESC’s activities in Costa Rica began with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant, and continued to amount to a total of three USAID prime grants. IESC has delivered a total of 439 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC experts delivered technical assistance, training, and business services in sectors including production/manufacturing, agriculture, health, environment, and energy.

Dominican Republic

IESC’s support to the Dominican Republic began over 40 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program. In total, IESC has implemented five USAID grants and/or cooperative agreements as a prime implementer, as well as a total of 227 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC has delivered technical assistance, training, and business services in management, marketing, quality control, accounting, maintenance, human resources/training, information communications technology, and trade and competitiveness. IESC has worked in a variety of sectors, including footwear, production/manufacturing, food production, packaging/distribution, engineering, tourism, and geology/mining.

Ecuador

IESC’s operations in Ecuador involved a total of four USAID grants and/or cooperative agreements, through which it delivered a total of 379 technical assistance consultancies in the country. The focus of IESC's work was Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development, institution strengthening, and trade & investment. For example, the Fundación Ecuador project aimed at increasing the competitiveness of local firms in regional and international trade through technical assistance, ABLE research studies, and institutional strengthening in partnership with Fundación Ecuador. IESC’s USAID Trade and Investment Services (TIS) program also promoted exports and co-ventures with private investors in Ecuador. IESC has supported a range of sectors in Ecuador including agribusiness, handicrafts, aquaculture, hospital management & tourism, environment, textiles, retail, paper, chemicals/paint, and light manufacturing.

El Salvador

IESC’s presence in El Salvador began in 1985 as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program, funded by a global USAID Core Grant, and subsequently via individual USAID Mission awards. During this time IESC has implemented a total of five USAID-funded programs, delivering a total of 466 technical assistance (TA) consultancies in the country. The Technical Assistance Program included consultancies to private firms in El Salvador in the food processing, pharmaceuticals, retail, industrial machinery, packaging, construction, and transportation sectors.

Grenada

IESC’s activities in Grenada began in over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant and individual client contributions. In total, IESC has delivered a total of 48 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC experts delivered technical assistance in a variety of sectors, including food processing, specialty foods, infrastructure/transportation, printing, retail, manufacturing, and microcredit/microfinance.

Guatemala

IESC has had a long presence in Guatemala through three USAID grants, delivering a total of 598 technical assistance consultancies in the country. The USAID funded TIS program served to develop and strengthen the private sector of Guatemala as well as to encourage exports and co-ventures with private investors. IESC provided technical assistance, workshops, trade show assistance, business linkage and support services, ABLE information studies, and institution strengthening to achieve the aims of the program. Along with two other IESC Technical Assistance programs in Guatemala, IESC’s operations supported a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, manufacturing, foodstuffs, architecture, engineering, information communications technology, hospitality and tourism, education, maintenance, construction, and mining.

Guyana

IESC has delivered a total of 19 technical assistance consultancies through one USAID grant in Guyana. The IESC Technical Assistance Program, funded by a global USAID Core Grant, focused on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development and institution strengthening of local enterprises. For example, IESC provided basic safety awareness education for pharmaceutical companies and assisted in formulating business plans at the firm level. It also gave equipment training and business management seminars to the Guyana Small Business Association and gave operational advice for local hotels. In addition, IESC has also worked with SMEs in the agribusiness, infrastructure/transportation, specialty foods, manufacturing, and tourism sectors.

Haiti

IESC has implemented five USAID funded programs in Haiti, four of which as a prime. Most recently, IESC was a subcontractor for the USAID-funded Haiti Market Chain Enhancement program, with ownership of the tourism component of that program. IESC’s prior programs in Haiti sought to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local enterprises in sectors including food processing, automotive, textiles/apparel, pharmaceuticals/chemicals, financial services, health, hardware, and transportation.

Honduras

IESC has delivered extensive support in Honduras starting with its implementation of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant. A total of 216 technical assistance consultancies have been delivered to support private enterprise development in the country. These consultancies supported the growth of local enterprises in a variety of sectors and subjects, including food production, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, packaging and distribution, engineering, information communications technology, human resources, training and education, maintenance, transportation and infrastructure, trade competitiveness, and microfinance.

Jamaica

IESC has implemented five USAID programs and has delivered a total of 179 technical assistance consultancies in Jamaica, focusing on enterprise development in areas including marketing strategies, management capabilities, production/manufacturing plans, quality control, and trade competitiveness. Most recently, IESC implemented the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program in Jamaica under a larger $28 million umbrella program. In Jamaica, IESC facilitated firm-level trade linkages under the program in a broad range of sectors including agriculture, banking, health, environment, retail, food processing, and energy.

Mexico

IESC’s support to the Mexican private sector began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies. IESC has delivered a total of 131 technical assistance consultancies in Mexico in a variety of sectors including retail, tourism/hospitality, metal/metallurgy, chemicals/pharmaceuticals, and banking/finance. Our most recent project in Mexico was the Global Trade and Technology Network program, which IESC implemented under the USAID Business Development Services II umbrella project. Spanning 3 years, the program facilitated bilateral trade as well as the transfer of U.S. technology and services to Mexico.

Netherlands Antilles

IESC provided a limited number of technical assistance consultancies in general business development to enterprises in the Netherlands Antilles over 30 years ago under a USAID core grant.

Nicaragua

IESC’s activities in Nicaragua began in 1992 with a series of technical assistance consultancies under a USAID core grant. IESC experts delivered technical assistance, training, and business services to foster enterprise development in sectors including Tourism/Hospitality; Food Processing; Banking/Finance; Health/Hospital Administration; Textiles/Apparel; Agribusiness; Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; Construction/Housing; Advocacy/Public Administration; and Cosmetics/Hygiene. IESC also collaborated with a local NGO to implement an integrated program geared toward increasing citizen participation in government legislation and helping selected deputies from the National Assembly interact more effectively with their constituents. The USAID-funded program offered training in methods of political advocacy, conflict resolution, leadership skills, and citizen participation in a democracy. IESC’s activities resulted in an advocacy manual and an intensive mentoring system for specific NGOs, a legal aid society, and a small foundation.

Panama

IESC’s first project in its history took place in Panama in 1965. The first client, recruited by IESC founder David Rockefeller, was Juan Amado, Jr., owner of the Amado Engineering Company. Howard Rose, IESC’s first volunteer expert, was assigned to apply his experience in cost control, procurement, plant operations and marketing. In total, IESC has delivered 106 short term technical assistance consultancies in the country, in sectors including Engineering; Tourism/Hospitality; Banking/Finance; Agribusiness; Wood Products; Food Processing; Health/Hospital Administration; Real Estate; Construction / Infrastructure/Land Development; and Textiles/Apparel.

In addition, IESC has also implemented two multifaceted programs in Panama. Under the first program, IESC supported the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) in the phase out of the US Panama Canal Commission. Under that program, IESC launched an awareness campaign and trained PCA administrative personnel to better communicate with other public and civil society entities on environmental issues and tourism development, conducted training seminars/workshops, discussed best practices on watershed management, and provided ongoing mentoring in planning and promotion. IESC also developed a comprehensive work plan defining the organizational structure of the new PCA. The plan included regulations, procedures for developing a trust, an evaluation of financial options, and the identification of further technical assistance needs. Prior to this program, IESC implemented the Institutional Strengthening and Support Program in Panama, a USAID funded program that assisted the Inter-Oceanic Regional Authority (ARI) to improve planning and investment promotion of the reverted US military bases.

Paraguay

IESC’s activities in Paraguay began in 1992 with a series of short term technical assistance consultancies. In total, IESC has delivered a total of 15 firm level technical assistance consultancies in sectors including Agribusiness/Horticulture; Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals; Health; Textiles/Apparel; Food Processing; Communications/Publishing; Construction; and Information Technology.

Peru

IESC’s activities in Peru began over 30 years ago with a series of firm level technical assistance consultancies under the IESC Technical Assistance Program in Latin America, funded by a USAID Core Grant. The objective of the technical assistance consultancies delivered under this initiative was to increase employment, income, productivity, and growth of local enterprises. IESC delivered a total of 71 such consultancies in Peru, in sectors including Tourism/Hospitality; Banking/Finance; Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; Paper; Agribusiness; Wood Products; Food Processing; Jewelry; Health/Hospital Administration; Machinery/Industrial Equipment; Construction/Infrastructure; Ceramics; Automotive; and Textiles/Apparel.

Saint Lucia

IESC was the prime grantee of a USAID Core Grant to implement the IESC Technical Assistance Program in Latin America, including in Saint Lucia. The objective of the technical assistance consultancies delivered in Saint Lucia was to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local enterprises.  IESC focused on providing technical assistance and training in small and medium enterprise (SME) development delivered by IESC volunteer experts.

Saint Vincent

IESC was the prime implementer of a USAID Core Grant to implement the IESC Technical Assistance Program in Latin America, including in Saint Vincent. The objective of the technical assistance consultancies delivered in Saint Vincent was to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local enterprises.  IESC focused on providing technical assistance and training in small and medium enterprise (SME) development delivered by IESC volunteer experts.

Suriname

IESC has delivered a series of technical assistance consultancies in Suriname, providing training and business services primarily to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in a variety of sectors. As the prime implementing organization for the IESC Technical Assistance Program, IESC experts worked throughout Latin America to increase employment, income, productivity and foster growth of local enterprises.

Trinidad and Tobago

IESC has delivered 54 technical assistance consultancies in Trinidad since beginning work there over 30 years ago. With a focus on automotive and microfinance value chains, IESC volunteer experts have delivered training and business services leading towards improving productivity and competitiveness.

Uruguay

IESC has delivered 65 technical assistance consultancies since beginning work in Uruguay over 30 years ago. Our experts provided assistance in marketing, management, production and manufacturing, quality control, and trade and competitiveness. While implementing the USAID Business Development Services I program, IESC partnered with local chambers of commerce and associations to provide industry expert reviews, access to trade shows and venture facilitation in order to create business linkages between US partners and developing Uruguayan companies.