The AL-INVEST program is one of the most important international cooperation programs from the European Commission in Latin America. It began in 1994 seeking to bring European investment to Latin America and with time, seeing the realities that were found in the region, it changed to promote internationalization and to promote and encourage productivity in thousands of micro-small and medium-size companies (MSME´s) in Latin America.
In 2015 the European commission launched a tender for the fifth phase of this program: AL-INVEST 5.0: integrating growth for social cohesion in Latin America, and the consortium of 11 international organizations that are coordinated by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Industry Services and Tourism of Santa Cruz Bolivia (CAINCO) won the tender to execute the project in all Latin America.
The consortium is responsible for the execution of this new phase; and has as its principal function, to financially support third parties, so that other business organizations can execute actions that support MSME in Latin America.
We are a nonprofit institution that brings together industrial, commercial, service, and tourism industries which are legally established in the Department of Santa Cruz-Bolivia. We promote the improvement of quality of life of the country, representing the business community, promoting development and competitiveness of companies through a services platform. In this way we contribute to the social and economic progress of the country as well as being an institution that can be an entrepreneurial referral in Latin America.
The Lima Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has as its mission "promoting the development of free enterprise by respecting its legitimate rights, facilitating business opportunities, providing assistance and services and promoting competitiveness". The CCL was founded in the year 1888 being a Centennial institution in Latin America, relevant to the country’s modern history which is why it has over 12,500 associate members of which 4,500 are involved in Peruvian foreign trade.
We provide numerous and important entrepreneurial services and a specialized technological platform for specialized online services. Since the year 2010, we have international certification ISO 9001:2008” of quality management of the principal business services which we offer. Since the year 2013 we have the “Green Business “certification which is issued by the US based Green Counsel becoming the first “Green Certified Chamber of Commerce in Latin America”
The Brazilian Confederation of Commercial Associations moves thousands of entrepreneurs which find in their spontaneous participation in the commercial and entrepreneurial associations; tools and ideals with which to grow and consolidate. The CACB is present and active throughout Brazil and is composed of 27 federations which congregate the commercial and business associations of each one of the Brazilian states. It gathers over 2000 commercial and business associations which affiliate entrepreneurs from all the different business sectors of the economy including independent self-employed professionals.
The confederation plays a role in political articulation in order to improve the business environment, develop projects on a national level, and also has international presence through the support of business organizations of countries such as South Africa, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Pakistan and Peru for sustainable development of sectorial nucleus .
The Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce and Services represents the private sector since 1867. It’s in charge of attending and being the voice to what the business sector thinks; its concerns; needs and points of view. The chamber has over 15,000 members and over 120 sectorial groups (21 of them in the hinterland of the country) covering the whole country in a wide range of economic fields of activity.
The Chambers fundamental guiding principles for over a century have been: freedom, loyal competition, ethics and training. It promotes economic growth and national competitiveness through its business development services which generate sustainable businesses and legitimate added value.
Approaching the national Chamber of Commerce implies a gesture of sectorial and business affiliation which joins them, educates, stimulates, sustains and compels its members to better practices to thus achieve the expected goals and results.
The Guatemala Association of Exporters is a private nonprofit entity which was founded in 1982 with the purpose of promoting and developing the export of products and services in Guatemala.
It brings together and represents Guatemala´s SME´s providing them with support in order to position themselves and remain present in the world market. Likewise it makes strategic alliances with the public-private sector and the international community to incorporate MISME´s in the exporting sector by offering them training, promotional international commercial events, programs for technical assistance, international contacts, and alliances with both private and public sectors as well as creating work clusters, etc.
The Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce is a private nonprofit association, which is made up of businessmen from different commercial sectors that seek to contribute to the development of the country in general and of commerce in particular; by means of representation, the defense of business interests, the promotion of values and programs that benefit our members.
The projection of this chamber in its over 100 years of existence is attainable thanks to the joint effort and work of its affiliated members, public opinion, the business sector, the government and other institutions.
The chamber of industry and commerce of El Salvador is a nonprofit, apolitical, and non-religious association which develops services and activities for the benefit of the productive sector of our country.
Since we were founded in 1915 we have encouraged development and contributed to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran companies, through specialized services and products according to their needs, while at the same time stimulating the emergence of new companies and of new entrepreneurial leaders. On a national level we have 2200 members from all the economic sectors of the country of which 82% belong to micro and small companies.
We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. We maintain a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of increased integrity, transparency, and accountability.
The Paris Île-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a leader in France and Europe representing a commercial community that makes projects grow preparing for the future and promoting the Paris region. This chamber is primarily focused on SMEs, business leaders, decision-makers, apprentices, students and employees to be able to assist them in directing their projects and taking action in their own growth and competitiveness. In the international realm, the Paris chamber of industry and commerce accompanies the development of SMEs in foreign markets, welcomes visiting delegations, works to improve the image of the region and provides legal advice especially but not exclusively; in the European market. The chamber also organizes international cooperation through its network (sharing the “know-how” as well as common tools) in order to better serve the member companies to experiment with new initiatives and tools in order to achieve excellence. Through its international experts the focus lays in undertaking upstarts, international trade, import export, TIC and networks, business intelligence, mediation, vocational training and business in general.
Established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community, Eurochambres acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the business community at EU level.. Eurochambers represents over 20,000,000 businesses in Europe through 45 members (43 national associations of Chambers of commerce and industry and two transnational chamber organizations) and a European network of 1700 regional and local chambers. More than 93% of these businesses are SMEs. Chambers’ member businesses employ over 120 million.
Sequa gGmbH, Is a private nonprofit organization that operates at an international level with the objective of promoting development in the private sector and particularly of business/entrepreneurial organizations (chambers, professional associations etc.). The Sequa programs and projects are within a framework of social market economy principles. The founding entities of Sequa are the principal private business federations in Germany as well as the federal agency for international cooperation (GIZ).
Within the framework of the Al-Invest 5.0 program, Sequa provides knowledge and experience in the area of schemes of associative development, especially through its Nucleus methodology. Also Sequa supports the administration of government grant funds thanks to its extensive experience in the management of international cooperation projects as well as mobilizing its network of business organizations in Germany Europe and other regions of the world in order to promote the exchange of knowledge as well as transferring working tools
“AL-Invest changed my mentality: I had training courses on brand improvement, on new channels of distribution and also on how to obtain health permits. I began my small business at home and I'm about to open my own honey processing plant”.
“The participation in the Al-Invest program and the support of the Uruguay Chamber of Commerce contributed to our company changing its vision in regards to international markets and allowed us to make improvements in the areas of work methodology. We were able to make our brand expand internationally and to open subsidiary branches abroad”
“With the program I was able to travel and see the main exhibition fairs and furniture design schools in the world. With the acquired knowledge I was able to return and not only incorporate this knowledge in my company but also to share this information with my students and bring new knowledge to my country¨.”
“With Al-Invest we participated in training with European specialists; with them we developed a collection of products based on our work. We received advice in the areas of presentation, commercialization and communication. In order to finish the program we were invited to an exhibition fair in Paris where we opened new markets. Thanks to Al-invest to this day we continue to be exporters”
“We made a nucleuswhere we shared experiences and we learned what was happening to us. Thanks to Al Invest we were able to travel and participate in forums and seminars where we learned about tendencies and how we could create them. All of this gave us new ideas and opened our minds to expand her brand”