Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise

Aug 2007
San Salvador, El Salvador, August, 08 2007 - The Inter-American Development Bank is celebrating the 10 th anniversary of the Microenterprise Forum.

Over the last 10 years, the microenterprise development sector has changed as has the methodologies of institutions and agencies dedicated to working with this important segment of the labor force in the region. The key commitment and objective of the Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise have always been to facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices for providing development services to microenterprises. This year will be no different, but in addition it is appropriate that the 10 th Forum should also take time to reflect on what the 10 years have meant to the sector as a whole, and to engage in discussions of where the microenterprise sector is headed, and bring ideas and visions for the Road Ahead.

About the event

Every year more than 1000 practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other regions, meet at the Forum to discuss the latest developments in the microenterprise sector. The event provides practitioners with information through technical sessions that are grouped in 4 different categories:



- will focus on microfinance products and services, and explore new technologies and methodologies on how to expand access to financial services.

Financial Markets

- will focus on new financial market developments that are instrumental in making financial services available to micro-enterprises and other low-income groups.


Entrepreneurship and Markets

- will explore new models and partnerships to serve low-income markets and create opportunities for business growth and innovation.

Business Environment

- will focus on public sector strategies to advance regulation, improve formalization and tax regimes, and secure transparency in the microenterprise sector.

Source : IADB

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