With this measure, intermediation costs dropped from 35% to 12%.
Rodolfo Cardona, Economy vice minister, told Elperiodico.com.gt that "... the objective is increase loans for the development of micro and small entrepreneurs, using resources from international organizations".
Credit needs for the entrepreneurial sector in the country reached $ 245 million.
The figure comes from the study "Proposal of policy, strategy and action plan for implementation of micro-finance services in Panama", created by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Government officials announced a $ 4 million fund to strengthen performance of MSMEs.
Mario Cerna, Vice Minister of Commerce and Industry told the media: "It is a state investment in micro, small and medium businesses looking to become more efficient, that is to reduce costs and produce more, but also implement technology in their production processes, including helping them to innovate their products."
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