Projects

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentinian flagECG Fostered Seed Clusters in Mendoza, Argentina (2008)

ECG implemented a project in Mendoza, Argentina to launch several seed clusters in addition to its world renowned wine industry. Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, this project focused on growing two tourism segments (Adventure Tourism and Rural Tourism) and three industry services sectors (Energy Services, Apparel, and Graphics).

Argentinian mountains

A companion project with ECG's collaborators ITG, ETG and Fundacion Chile focused on four emerging agricultural sub-sectors. Over 50 initiatives were developed across the nine clusters, and ECG focused primarily on helping local public and private leaders structure the initiatives, align them with broader strategies for each industry, and ensure their implementation. A study tour that included the TCI conference in Portland, Oregon and visits to Monterey, Napa and Silicon Valley in California helped to reinforce cluster concepts as well as provide concrete business leads for potential exports.

Guyanan flagGuyana Trade and Investment Support (GTIS) Project (2004-2005)

ECG catalyzed leadership and focused collaborative action to bring together government, business, and community leaders to develop concrete action initiatives for cluster development. ECG and the counterpart team is currently in the process of helping the cluster working groups to define a long term vision and the necessary strategic directions for each cluster to take, and to define a set of concrete initiatives that will maximize the cluster's development potential. This will be followed by a drafting of actual business plans for these initiatives and a definition of the requirements for enabling and sustaining the implementation of these action plans. The project concludes with the definition of a set of cross-cutting strategies and action plans aimed at better integrating the different clusters and enhancing global competitiveness in the economy. Activities include:

  • Developing industry cluster strategic action plans
  • Funding cluster development projects to enhance the performance of Guyanese exporters
  • Supporting ongoing investment attraction programs
  • Undertaking strategic initiatives to address cross-sector issues
  • Assisting Guyanese enterprises to identify and develop export channels and facilitating
  • Relationships with international buyers.

More information can be found at www.competitiveness.org.gy/implementation/gtis

Mexican flagChihuahua New Millennium (2004-05)

Between January and April 2005, ECG assisted the Economic Development Commission of Chihuahua (Codech) with the benchmarking of eight regional development initiatives launched a decade before under the umbrella initiative Chihuahua Siglo 21.

ECG visited 8 different locations in northern Mexico, including Hidalgo del Parral, Casas Grandes, Delicias and Chihuahua City. There, we met with local leaders and stakeholders to get in depth knowledge of successes, challenges and current initiatives. We performed qualitative and quantitative assessment and measurement of economic, social and environmental outcomes of the eight regional economic development projects across the State.

As part of this activity, ECG conducted interviews and facilitated focus groups among key stakeholders of the projects, including local government agencies, chambers of commerce, business and community leaders and benchmarked aspects of all regional projects, assessing opportunities and challenges for each one and drafting a short term strategy.

Mexican flagClusters and Business Networks Training - Mexico City (2004)

In November 2004, ECG was approached by Mexico City- based FUNTEC (Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer) to deliver a training program for a group of 25 top executives financed by the Interamerican Development Bank.

ECG used a collaborative approach encouraging participants to be an active part of their learning process.

Nicaraguan flagReinventing Nicaragua - National Competitiveness Program (2003-04)

As of January 2004, the ECG team completed the first phase of this World Bank-funded project that focuses on strategies for enhancing the competitiveness of seven clusters in the Nicaragua economy. In addition to wide-ranging analysis of market opportunities, local capacities and local constraints, ECG has worked directly for several enterprises in the clusters.

In April, 1996, business leaders in the state of Campeche, Mexico arranged funding for and launched a 15-month cluster-based economic strategy project. This unique, private sector-led project has three phases: Phase I provides a diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses of the state's economy, while in Phase II ECG will develop strategic options for Campeche's future using a process-intensive, working group approach. In the third and final phase of the project, specific initiatives will be launched under the guidance of the consulting team, which includes Mexican sub-contractors with direct experience from the Chihuahua Siglo XXI project, in addition to ECG staff.

ECG also led a tour of Nicaragua's wood products producers for principals of U.S. buyers, further building the bridge between specific producers and suppliers in Nicaragua.

Mexican flagChihuahua Venture Capital (1997)

ECG was invited by Chihuahua, Mexico to plan and facilitate an economic development summit on Chihuahua in 1997. One of the primary objectives was to develop a collaborative process to design and implement mechanisms to support local entrepreneurship and wealth generation. ECG worked to develop an approach and help implement in the most effective way to mobilize local investment, support high growth enterprises, and position Chihuahua to become the most advanced, high value-added economy in Mexico. ECG is providing continual support to Chihuahua during 1998.

Mexican flagTransforming Campeche (1996-97)

In April, 1996, business leaders in the state of Campeche, Mexico arranged funding for and launched a 15-month cluster-based economic strategy project. This unique, private sector-led project has three phases: Phase I provides a diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses of the state's economy, while in Phase II ECG will develop strategic options for Campeche's future using a process-intensive, working group approach. In the third and final phase of the project, specific initiatives will be launched under the guidance of the consulting team, which includes Mexican sub-contractors with direct experience from the Chihuahua Siglo XXI project, in addition to ECG staff.

In the 2-1/2 years since the project inception, Campeche has launched a successful investment attraction program: this state which had no manufacturing aside from fish processing now boasts six Maquiladora-style factories, in addition to ten agricultural processing projects from investors in the US, Asia and Latin America.

The Transformando Campeche staff has also coordinated the construction of three industrial parks, a shrimp aquaculture research center, several workforce development initiatives, and a wide variety of cluster-specific projects. Notably, the tourism initiatives feature a very strong "eco-archeological" approach, which not only reinforces the need for ecological sustainability in the tourism-related work, but calls for environmental sensitivity in all initiatives – especially in well-known problem areas such as the implementation of shrimp aquaculture. This relatively sleepy, "backwater" state has indeed transformed itself, into a far more dynamic, strategic region, which has learned to use a coordinated vision to leverage all of its economic resources for the goal of equitable economic growth.

Mexican flagMexico 's First 21st Century Economy (1993-95)

The Chihuahua Siglo XXI Project is a long-term, comprehensive effort to design and implement new economic development strategies for Chihuahua. In 1993, the ECG team with DRI/McGraw-Hill examined the external and internal economic environment for the state, developed a vision of a new kind of economy to guide the decisions of policy makers and leaders in the private sector and developed strategies and tactics for moving the economy in new directions. Then, via a comprehensive set of "cluster working group" meetings, ECG assisted group participants in identifying a set of concrete action initiatives on trade, investment, education, infrastructure, finance and other issues. These initiatives are still in the process of being implemented under the leadership of the project organization: Chihuahua Siglo XXI. The state of Chihuahua today is one of Mexico's top states in new job generation and is the leading state in the attraction of foreign investment.

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