Presentation on theme: "SMEs, ICT and Co-operation (or how to survive Co-operation) Francisco Troncoso Chair, APEC SME Working Group 2004"— Presentation transcript:
SMEs, ICT and Co-operation (or how to survive Co-operation) Francisco Troncoso Chair, APEC SME Working Group 2004
When is it right to think about co-operation? You need to know when IT´S RIGHT and when it isnt to think about co- operation. Co-operation is not for urgent needs Usually, co-operation is not for equipment and investment Co-operation doesn´t and must not, replace local efforts and teams.
What is co-operation about? If you´re looking for free lunch, you´re wrong Co-operation is about marketing, (political and commercial) Co-operation is about well-being and security sharing Co-operation is about influence Co-operation is about ethics
What do you need for co-operation? As co-operation will not replace your team, then you need one as cooperation will not set your policy goals, you have to define them yourself as benefits of cooperation are intended to last, you need institutions as cooperation is thought to help fulfilling your main mission, put it in line, not in parallel
Where to turn for co-operation? Believe it or not, you can be a customer! if you have clear cut goals if you are able to implement (able, not willing) if you are able to provide a counterpart in resources
Be a customer Be a customer, co-operative and demanding for small, fast projects, turn to bilateral for emphasis in world class, wide ranging consulting, think in Japan and EU co-operation is usually at its best in studies, consulting and training for proper participation of local rules and bodies, think in multilateral institutions
Take part in networks Take part in networks. They are like clubs, expensive but rewarding APEC, OECD, ASEAN, Summit of the Americas IDB, ADB, WB, and sub regional banks consult leading organizations, at home and abroad maintain your own networks, answer mails and useful info be handy
Some examples Institute for Connectivity in the Americas a Canadian Initiative enclosed in the Summit of the Americas 2001 supports initiatives trying to overcome old problems using ICT promotes inclusion, local and regional development and connectivity Can $ 20 MM; managed IDRC; all America board
CATIC JICA - Chile Valparaíso CATIC stands for Centro Avanzado de Tecnologías de Información y de Comunicación, based in Valparaíso An Agreement among Universities, regional and central government, business and JICA will train Latin American personnel in ICT beginning full operation in 2005, training in 2006 Chilean budget over US$ 4 MM
APEC SMEs Informatization Survey and Forum APEC project supported by APEC funds introduced by SMBA, implemented by KIMI ( Korea Information and Management Institute for SMEs) Survey and policy dialogue in Forum in Korea Officials underwent training and knew about best practices. Their accomplishments will be exposed to Ministers.
Many projects, funds and actors Look for international development banks, multilateral institutions, bilateral aid, development agencies, embassies, ONG, … There are many cooperation sources. Pay attention, study sources previous experiences.
I´ll be glad to share experiences. FRANCISCO TRONCOSO