CORPYME Hybrid Workshop: Success factors of scalable programs for the digital transformation of exporting SMEs


Wednesday July 12, 2023, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chile

In person: Celso Furtado Room, ECLAC

Virtual: by Zoom


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) represent only 6% of the region’s exports, yet they constitute 99% of the business fabric and two-thirds of employment. This result is explained, in part, by their low productivity and the difficulty they have in overcoming the different obstacles to export, beyond access to credit.

The Trade Promotion Organizations (OPC) –gathered at the regional level in the Ibero-American Network of entities for the promotion of exports and investment attraction REDIBERO– are the main responsible for the design of support tools for SMEs in their internationalization process. To do this, they offer various services and carry out different activities to help exporters to enter international markets.

The CORPYME project seeks to promote the development of SMEs, through a more intensive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and paperless commerce. This project is an initiative of the government of the Republic of Korea and is being implemented by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). For the second consecutive year, ECLAC collaborates with REDIBERO to promote these objectives.


In 2023, the CORPYME project focuses on the operational aspects that are key to the success of support programs for the digital transformation of exporting SMEs in LAC. As part of the activities to disseminate the work, ECLAC and REDIBERO organize a webinar for the technical teams of the OPCs and other interested parties who are looking for:

• Share with the organizations dedicated to the design and provision of support instruments for the digital transformation of exporting SMEs, the main findings on the operational aspects of the programs, including the most important features that must be considered and the most frequent tools.

• Establish a framework for the design, implementation and monitoring of digital transformation programs for exporting SMEs with special emphasis on public policies.

• Examine public and private digital transformation programs for exporting SMEs in the region and in Korea that are of interest, as an example of good practice.

• Formulate recommendations for the promotion of the digital transformation of exporting SMEs.


To participate in the workshop:

• In person: please send an email to Nanno Mulder, Head of the International Trade Unit of ECLAC ([email protected]),

• Virtually: please register here: links (Number: 894 1143 9687 / Password: 061939. After registration, you will get the link to the meeting).


Agenda with more information is attached.

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