The Government of El Salvador, through Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (PROESA) inaugurates the fifth edition of the Programa Exportar Paso a Paso (EPAP) seeking that more companies with potential for exportation materialize sales of goods and services abroad.
This launch was attended by the president of PROESA, Sigfrido Reyes, executive director of the National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE), Ileana Rogel, and businessmen with potential for exportation, who were informed about the services PROESA provides with of EPAP. This include market information about destinations to export, export potential diagnosis, international trade and commercial intelligence training, export requirements, logistics and export prices.
"With this program, we hope to contribute to expand the export base of our country. In its previous editions, EPAP has benefited more than 270 companies from different sectors and we hope to increase that number with the 2016 edition of this program", President of PROESA, Sigfrido Reyes, said.
Of these participating companies, 177 conducted trade missions abroad, where they made export business. Most of the companies participating in EPAP previous editions (55%) were small businesses, followed by micro (28%) and medium-sized enterprises (12%).4% were large enterprises.
PROESA also provides business support services, with the export plan development and the participation in promotional events that can enable contact with potential customers.
To participate in the EPAP Program, companies must meet some requirements. Goods companies must be formally registered, have a minimum of three years of continuous operation and annual sales equal or greater than USD 100,000.
Service companies must have a minimum of one year of continuous operation and annual sales equal or greater than USD 75,000. They should be interested in exporting to selected markets and have export potential.
The estimated duration of the EPAP program is 7-9 months.
The fifth edition of the program is expected to benefit some 60 Salvadoran companies.