El Salvador - Promoting Innovation in Small Business. An initiative inaugurated by the Republic's Vice-President

28 July 2017

(ANS - San Salvador) – On 14 July, the Vice-President of the Republic of El Salvador, Hon. Oscar Ortiz; the Rector of the Don Bosco University (UDB), Salesian Coadjutor Mario Rafael Olmos; Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Hon. Florence Miao-Hung Hsie; and the Executive Director of the National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE), Ileana Rogel, opened the "COWORKING CENTER UDB", a physical space that aims to promote innovation in micro and small businesses related to the production of fabrics, ceramics and typical sweets.

The initiative is part of the project "Promotion of National Movement - A People, a Product of El Salvador for the development of the local food industry in the micro regions of the Valley del Rio Jiboa and Ilobasco El Salvador," which is developed with the technical consultancy of Taiwan's ICDF and the guidance, monitoring and supervision of CONAMYPE.

The COWORKING CENTER UDB will enable technical and scientific training of multidisciplinary teams in the processes of research, design, promotion, distribution and marketing of products aimed at developing local and quality industries; also foreseen, consulting and teamwork to improve production and forums for innovation in business.

The new center will be headquartered at the Center for Industry and Industrial Design and the UDB, a modern infrastructure that provides technology transfer services for the national industry, and is equipped with all the technical and audiovisual resources needed to carrying out its mandate.

Multidisciplinary groups participating in this initiative will be taught by students of Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Marketing and Industrial Engineering Courses, and will use the OTOP philosophy (One Town, One Product) with the slogan: "Think globally, act locally, with autonomy, creativity and development of human resources."

Thanks to this new space, UDB students shall have the opportunity to develop and enhance their know-how and skills and put their knowledge regarding innovations in craftsmanship into practice, the result: practical, aesthetic, functional and material improvements that will make these products more competitive on the market.

According to Mr. Olmos, the Center will allow students to expand the learning process within the day-to-day realities of the business world and to address the real challenges that arise from the productive processes of micro and small businesses.


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