El Salvador Analyzes Brazilian Public Purchasing Model

The National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE in Spanish) is evaluating the Brazilian model for inviting tenders from MSEs.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mario Cerna, El Salvador's vice-minister for commerce, stated that this was one of the main objectives of his recent visit to Brazil. He indicated that, "we are interested in seeing how the system works and what kind of support Brazil given to MSEs, a key factor in the economic growth the country has seen in recent years and its stability through the financial crisis".

CONAMYPE and its Brazilian counter part also agreed to promote cooperation programs between the two countries.

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