Small- and Medium-scale Enterprise (SME) Promotion

  IMG’s SME Promotion projects include analyzing the business environment in developing countries, analyzing potential and constraining factors of the SME sector and local industry, and planning, implementing and evaluating SME / local industrial policies and strategies.

Study for Private Sector Development in the Kingdom of Morocco (Dec. 2013 - Mar. 2014)

 The Moroccan economy has been growing steadily in recent years under its government’s economy policy to build a strong industrial sector. By taking advantage of its geographical proximity to Europe and its relatively cheap and skillful labor, Morocco has gradually integrated itself into the European manufacturing supply chain. In order to accelerate its economic growth and reduce the level of unemployment, the Moroccan Government adopted the “National Pact for Emerging Industries (PNEI) 2009-2015”, under which it is implementing various programs to strengthen SMEs, improve vocational training schemes, and enhance business and investment environments. IMG conducted a study on the current situation and issues of the private sector development in Morocco and formulated a JICA’s project concept for the strengthening of the competitiveness of Moroccan SMEs.  

Information Collection & Analysis for OROI Project in Namibia (Mar. - Jul. 2012)

  The cereal crop self-sufficiency rate in Namibia is quite low, with the major industries of the country being mining (diamond, etc.), agriculture, livestock, forestry, and fishing. Namibia therefore depends heavily on imports of agricultural produce and processed products from South Africa. With the assistance of JICA, the Namibian government launched the One Region One Initiative (OROI) project in order to address economic structural issues such as the high youth unemployment rate and the economic disparity between urban and rural areas (especially in the north). Under contract with JICA, IMG collected relevant information and proposed an implementation framework to assist the Namibian government in implementing the project effectively and efficiently.

Formulation and Implementation of SME Development Projects in Developing Countries

  The development of export industry and SMEs, as well as the creation of domestic employment, is a pressing issue for most developing countries. Under contract with JICA, IMG analyzed the domestic and international economic backgrounds, business and investment environments, trends of existing industries, and formulated and implemented projects to promote SMEs and exports in Central and South Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan), Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), and African countries (Tunisia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, etc.).

Advisory Service for Marketing Strategy for Malawi OVOP Programme (Jul. - Aug. 2008)

  Through the “Institutional and Human Resource Development Project for the One Village One Product Programme (OVOP)” which began in 2005, JICA had worked on promoting technologies for processing agricultural produce, and improving the quality control and marketing functions of small-scale rural businesses. As a part of the project, IMG proposed a management structure which was aimed at providing small-scale businesses with marketing assistance based on the review and analysis of OVOP Groups’ overall marketing activities, including their strengths and weaknesses.

Formulation of an Agricultural Project in Albania (Nov. - Dec. 2004)

  Agriculture (including agricultural processing) is the most important industry in Albania, accounting for approximately 50% of its GDP. With the domestic demand for agricultural produce and processed products exceeding their domestic production, Albania depends on imports for a variety of food products. Under contract with JICA, IMG analyzed the challenges of Albania’s food processing industry and proposed assistance projects for agricultural production, preservation, food processing, distribution, and marketing.

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