Project Title

Digital Transformation to Create New Business Opportunities, Opening to New Markets in MSEs and Cooperatives with a Gender Focus, in Response to the Economic Crisis caused by COVID-19 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

SME 06 2021A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 06 2021A 

Project Title

Digital Transformation to Create New Business Opportunities, Opening to New Markets in MSEs and Cooperatives with a Gender Focus, in Response to the Economic Crisis caused by COVID-19 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,000 

Total Project Value

120,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Malaysia; Mexico; Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2022 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Christian Leoncio Ruiz Chavarria 

Job Title 1

Director of Cooperatives and Institutionality 

Organization 1

Ministry of Production 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(51-1) 6162222 Extension 3230 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cruiz@produce.gob.pe 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Christian Ruiz Chavarria 

Project Summary

Digital transformation in the Asia-Pacific Region has not benefited all companies to the same degree and most micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and Cooperatives are lagging behind in this process. Technology adoption continues to be a problem, especially for MSEs and Cooperatives.

Likewise, the global change caused by the health crisis has brought new challenges for the adoption of technologies that facilitate the processes of value chains for Cooperatives and MSEs, particularly micro and small enterprises. This Project not only seeks to overcome digital gaps, in terms of customer relationship, data management, financial services, mobile technology, virtual storage, among others, but also the empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs for the economic reactivation of APEC economies.

This project will be based in Lima, Peru, and will involve the participation of various stakeholders to launch a platform with a diagnostic tool and educational materials for MSEs and Cooperatives.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: For APEC, MSMEs are the engine of growth and innovation, representing 97% of all companies and generate employment for more than half of the labour force in APEC economies. These MSMEs contribute significantly to economic growth with their participation in GDP, a set that ranges between 20% and 50% in most APEC economies. Despite this, they are only responsible for less than 35% of total direct exports from the APEC region. In contrast, they still face great challenges and gaps in relation to large companies, mainly in terms of access to markets, financial services, participation in sales and especially the benefits of digital transformation.

In addition, more than 12% of the world population is under the cooperative model approach, participating in one of the 3 million Cooperatives that exist around the world, which provide employment to 10% of the total world employed population and generate revenues of US$ 2.035 trillion.

Nevertheless, digitization has not benefited all companies to the same degree and most MSMEs and Cooperatives are lagging behind large companies in terms of digitization. Technology adoption continues to be a problem, especially for MSMEs and Cooperatives.

Furthermore, digitalization is more than ever a necessity, considering the context of the global health crisis - product of the outbreak and proliferation of the COVID-19 disease - and the effects that it has brought both in the forms of social relations, as in the consumption habits and relationships amongst companies and their stakeholders. Likewise, the entire process of global change, that the health crisis has brought with it, presents new challenges for the adoption of digital technologies that facilitate the various processes of the MSMEs and Cooperatives value chains, in terms of relationship with the client, data management, financial services, mobile technology, virtual storage, among others; considering that, up to date, this digital adoption on MSMEs and Cooperatives remains quite low.

In this context, digitization not only implies a challenge for MSMEs and Cooperatives to generate new business opportunities, develop higher levels of productivity and open up to new markets, but also represents an opportunity for economic reactivation and adaptation to the new scenario imposed by the health crisis. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The project meets the eligibility criteria of the MSMEs Fund and is closely linked to the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and APEC's Iloilo Initiative: Growth of Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development, as well as the Strategic Plan of the SMEWG and the PPWE Strategic Plan 2014-2017, responding to a need for attention from APEC developing economies that seek to achieve economic recovery; focusing on aspects such as the urgent need for digital transformation, as well as the inclusion and economic empowerment of all sectors, prioritizing MSMEs and Cooperatives, as well as women and young entrepreneurs, who are the vehicle through which the majority of our population creates wealth and work. These actions are essential to direct us towards a new balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and safe economy; that makes it possible to reduce the massive social vulnerability, so starkly exposed, as a result of the pandemic. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The project proposes to develop a Web Platform that facilitates the use of digital tools and / or instruments amongst MSMEs and Cooperatives, with emphasis on those led by or supporting women and young entrepreneurs. The envisioned strategy will be designed from a needs assessment, applied to at least 3 APEC developing economies, in order to promote MSMEs and Cooperatives access to new commercial opportunities and to open up to new markets, with the final aim to contribute to the economic reactivation of their economies.

The project will develop a Final Report that will be a benchmark of good practices for the use of digital tools and / or instruments among MSMEs and Cooperatives of APEC economies, highlighting the benefits for small businesses, both in normal and in times of crisis. This report will be the basis to launch a platform that incorporates self-diagnostic tools for MSMEs and Cooperatives about their digitalization gaps and also educational materials, for capacity building.

Finally, an International Symposium will be held, to present the experiences of the economies that implemented the project and the results they achieved, as a result of the transition towards digital for the development of their businesses in response to the challenges and changes posed by the COVID-19. In this sense, it will be evident that the project is an initiative that can be implemented by the rest of interested APEC economies.

Objectives

Promote and facilitate the use of digital tools among MSMEs and cooperatives in APEC developing economies to help them access new business opportunities and open new markets. Also, generate contact networks with organizers and provide information regarding the measures developed by APEC economies and the private sector, focused on facilitating business decision making and business digitalization.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project is aligned with the main areas of the SMEWG Work Plan 2021, such as "Entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups" and "Inclusive capacity development towards digitization". In addition, it is aligned with the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030) in the key cross-cutting area on the empowerment of women, through access to capital and markets, providing activities and opportunities, capacity building for networking, mentoring and building digital skills, among other basic skills, to increase the entrepreneurial skills of women and encourage their innovation and participation in the digital economy. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is aligned with the mission of the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2021-2024, aimed at promoting innovation in MSMEs to strengthen business competitiveness that includes capacity development programs and innovation promotion activities.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

The products of this project are described below:

1. A needs assessment report on the key skills gaps of MSMEs and cooperatives in at least 3 APEC developing economies to provide information for prioritizing educational materials and other components of the project's web platform.  Priority will be given to APEC member economies whose MSMEs have low levels of digitization. This knowledge will include information on which digital tools are best suited for MSMEs and cooperatives to access new business opportunities and open up to new markets, with the goal of contributing to their empowerment and playing a more active role in the economic recovery of their economies. This baseline will also provide the project team with relevant information to prioritize attention to the skills gaps that can generate the greatest impact on the direct beneficiaries of the project. The Needs Assessment Report, expected to be 30 pages long, will provide the project team with recommendations to design a comprehensive strategy for the successful launch and implementation of a replicable Web Platform, with relevant tools and self-training materials for MSMEs and Cooperatives and will be shared with APEC economies; and will have the following structure: Current status of digitization, summary of a field study and main findings, identified needs and recommendations. The report will be prepared by the PO, with the support of its technical team specialists, based on the information gathered by the consulting firm or contracted specialist.

2. A Web Platform with a Content Management System (CMS), to allow its replication to at least 3 APEC Developing Economies, through an open call among APEC member economies, prioritizing the economies with the lowest levels of digitalization among their MSMEs. The Platform includes a self-diagnostic tool and educational audiovisual content (at least 10 videos of audiovisual content and surveys) to enable MSMEs and Cooperatives to develop their capacities and, as a result, implement digital tools that address their priority needs and digitization gaps. These resources will be available to all MSMEs in APEC economies in English. It will be especially relevant for developing economies. To achieve this result, the proposed Web Platform will be developed using communication strategies and will involve the design of training plans for the intended beneficiaries. It is expected that each interested APEC Developing Economy will recreate, implement, and manage a version of the proposed Web Platform according to its particular needs, administrative processes, legislation and priorities. The PO and its technical team will provide support to APEC member economies that decide to implement the Web Platform to their reality by sharing experiences, reports, and content. Also, the progress of the methodological guide (part of the Final Report) will be shared to facilitate its implementation. The maintenance of the web platform will be self-financed by the proposing economy for 2 years after the project completion.

3. An International Symposium, which will contribute to the creation of a network among interested organizations of MSMEs and Cooperatives from APEC Developing Economies and will serve as an opportunity to share experiences, good practices, results and lessons learned on the Web Platform implementation process. It will be aimed at leaders from the public sector (representatives of Ministries, directors, among others) and the private sector (chambers of commerce, MSMEs and cooperatives) with initiatives and projects related to business digitalization. The Symposium will last 3 days, with sessions of approximately 3 hours each day. The following topics will be tentatively developed: Current status of digitization in the region (to be presented by invited speakers), main findings during the implementation of the platform and recommendations for its adaptation to the measures and legislation of each economy. The International Symposium is expected to be held virtually at the end of March 2023. For this purpose, a virtual event platform will be contracted. The main recommendations and opinions of the Symposium participants will be collected in a final report, which will be shared with APEC economies and associations of MSMEs and cooperatives. A specialist will be hired to coordinate the international symposium and to convene the speakers. 

4. A final report, which will be an APEC publication and will include the main needs of the participating MSMEs (at least 5 per participating economy), good practices for the use of digital tools among MSMEs and Cooperatives of APEC economies, in particular the benefits for small businesses, both in normal and in times of crisis. In addition, it will include the launching of the first version of the project platform, the results, lessons learned from the "trial period" and the launching of a second version of the platform. (the " trial period" will be used to make corrections and improvements). Finally, conclusions and recommendations for the application of the methodology in other APEC economies. This report will be addressed to MSMEs interested in increasing their digitization levels, as well as to officials leading digitization projects in MSMEs. The final report will contain an introduction, a summary of the project, a methodological guide that will facilitate the application of the platform in its respective economy, conclusions, and final recommendations; it is estimated that it will be 40 pages long. 

Outcomes: The launch of this platform will benefit MSMEs and Cooperatives from, at least, 3 APEC developing Economies. Through a self-diagnosis, the needs of MSMEs and Cooperatives will be identified to later generate a package of recommendations with audiovisual contents, which will be included in the web platform (Output 2) so that they can implement digital tools to their business operations. The proposed web platform of this project is expected to allow MSMEs and Cooperatives to develop capacities and access new business opportunities, to facilitate the economic reactivation of their respective economies.

The Project will have as results:

1. An improvement in the implementation and use level of digital tools by MSMEs and Cooperatives of, at least, 3 APEC developing Economies, through educational audiovisual contents, short videos, recommendations and other project activities. The expected replication of the proposed Web Platform, by APEC developing economies, will allow to address the digitization needs and main gaps with their targeted MSMEs and Cooperatives. These results will be verifiable through the platform's usage and analytical indicators, such as: number of registered users, level of progress within the platform, number of visits and unique visits, number of reproductions of audiovisual material.

2. Increased knowledge on the part of representatives of APEC participating economies. Reduce key digital skills gaps among MSMEs and the types of digital tools that MSMEs can use to expand and contribute to economic growth. This is measurable through a post-event evaluation survey completed by participants of the International Symposium. 

Beneficiaries: 

1. The direct individual beneficiaries of this project include MSMEs and Cooperatives, of the voluntary APEC developing economies, that are able to launch and implement the Web Platform, with special priority of those led by or supporting women and young entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies.

2. The direct institutional beneficiaries of the project include, but are not limited to, technical institutions or responsible government agencies / ministries in APEC economies in charge of MSMEs and Cooperatives. It is aimed at specialists, officials or researchers with expertise in digital transformation from Ministries of Industry, Commerce, Production or equivalent, engaged in generating, disseminating policies, programs and/or projects to promote digitalization in MSMEs and Cooperatives. The results of the project will provide relevant information, evidence and policy and regulatory recommendations for these organizations to promote the economic reactivation of MSMEs and Cooperatives, with special priority to those led by or supporting women and young entrepreneurs.

3. The long-term beneficiaries will be APEC developing and developed economies and other stakeholders in the APEC region, such as international organizations, academic institutions and civil society organizations, namely business councils, trade unions, and cooperative associations. Additionally, it will benefit APEC fora such as the Digital Economic Steering Group (DESG) and the Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE).

Dissemination

A final report with conclusions and recommendations will be prepared and sent to the APEC Secretariat, through the SMEWG, for dissemination to other working groups such as PPWE, DESG and ABAC. It will also be made public on the APEC website. The report will be prepared in accordance with the APEC Project Guide, the APEC Publication Guidelines, the APEC Publication Toolkit for guidance on how an APEC report should be written and presented, the APEC Logo Guidelines, and will follow APEC naming standards.

It is also expected that the Final Report, including findings and recommendations will be disseminated through the institutional web page of the Ministry of Production of Peru and through press releases that follow APEC guidelines for the social networks of the Ministry of Production and affiliated institutions and programs.

Participants, interested institutions, researchers and other stakeholders will be able to download the presentations and other materials presented in the International Symposium through the videoconferencing platform to be rented for the event.

Gender

Both men and women who participate in the project will be beneficiaries of capacity building activities of this Project, related to the use of digital tools to improve their experience and carry out recovery actions and programs for the benefit of MSMEs and Cooperatives, in order to promote the inclusion of digital abilities in their businesses’ operations and to allow for an improvement on their online activities, to access to new associative opportunities, relevant information regarding measures developed by the APEC economies and the private sector that can be of use for their decision-making and to facilitate their digitization initiatives, whilst contributing to a more gender-equal and inclusive economic reactivation in the APEC region.

The project activities are expected to empower women and young entrepreneurs from MSMEs and Cooperatives, with a low level of digitization adoption and use of digital technologies in their business and productive processes, with the aim of helping them cope with the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic reactivation of the APEC region as a whole.

The participation of women and young people in the project is key to improve the implementation of inclusive recovery measures in MSMEs and Cooperatives, to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that are still more overwhelming for entrepreneurs of micro and small businesses. Within this framework, this project will provide equal opportunities for both men and women to participate and benefit, by promoting and guaranteeing gender balance during the selection of participants. It is expected that, at least, 30% of the participants in the project activities will be women.

Targets

Female participants in capacity building activities (%)

30%

Female participants in the International Symposium (%)

30%

The Project Overseer is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all project activities. This data will be included as part of the Completion Report to the APEC Secretariat.

Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment:

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

X

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

5

Innovation and Technology

X


Work Plan

Dates

Activities

Deliverables

April  –

June 2022

1. Form a work team for the development of project activities.

2. Preparation of the terms of reference for hiring a project manager / consulting firm to assist on the coordination and monitoring of the project activities.

3. Preparation of the terms of reference for hiring the consulting firm that will provide the educational audiovisual contents for the Web Platform.

4. Preparation of the terms of reference to contract the company / consulting firm that will provide the service of design, launch and testing of the Web Platform.

5.  Contracting of services.

Work team stablished

Contract signed with the project manager / consulting firm.

Contract signed with the consultant firm in charge of audiovisual contents.

Contract signed with the company / consultant firm in charge of the Web Platform

Gantt chart and Project workplan approved.

June – September 2022

Preparation of the Needs Assessment Report: A report of the analysis of the information of the main needs of the target audience (a group of MSMEs and cooperatives selected by, at least, 3 APEC economies at this stage)accompanied by a detailed proposal of the Web Platform functionalities and design, taking into consideration that it will be replicated and scaled to be implemented by the voluntary participants from APEC developing economies. Design of a package of educational audiovisual content that allows for the implementation of digital tools that solve the prioritized needs and skill gaps of targeted MSMEs and Cooperatives.

Needs Assessment Report and detailed proposal about the functionalities and design of the Web Platform.

Design of educational audiovisual contents.

September –

November 2022

1. Development of Web Platform functionalities

2. Preparation of the audiovisual content package

3. Submission of the APEC Project Monitoring Report to the Secretariat by 1 October 2022

Web Platform version 1.0 (English version)

Educational audiovisual content package launched within the Web Platform

APEC Project Monitoring Report

December 2022

– January 2023

1. Carry out a ‘trial period’ to validate the contents of the Web Platform with project participants. Development of the functionalities of Version 2 of the web platform. Taking into account the requirements of the trial period.

2. Preparation of the agenda Identification and recruitment of experts (for the International Symposium)

3. Dissemination of the General Information Circular

4. Participant nomination and registration process

5. Selection of the videoconferencing platform.

Web Platform version 2.0 (English Version)

International Symposium Agenda

Videoconferencing platform

February 2023

1. Preparation of the final report and submission to the APEC Secretariat

2. Dissemination and registration of participants for the International Symposium.

Final Report

Participant registration

March 2023

1. Launch of the 3-day International Symposium: “Digital transformation, a need and opportunity for MSMEs and Cooperatives in times of pandemic in the APEC Region” (Last week of March)

2.  Dissemination of a post-event participant feedback survey

International Symposium (virtual)

Report about increased participant knowledge

April 2023

Submission of the APEC Project Monitoring Report to the Secretariat

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May 2023

Presentation of the Final Report to the Secretariat to review, followed by SMEWG endorsement

Endorsed Final report shared with relevant stakeholders and the APEC Secretariat

August 2023

Submission of the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to the Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report (CR)

December 2023

Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects (LTEAP) by APEC Secretariat

Risks

Potential risks

Mitigation measures

Low interest of APEC economies in the application and use of the proposed Web Platform

Prepare a technical sheet showing the advantages and / or benefits of the Web Platform for MSMEs and Cooperatives.

Coordinate with the APEC Secretariat the dissemination of the Web Platform characteristics among the member economies.

Coordinate with the project co-sponsoring economies the dissemination of the technical sheet with relevant governing bodies in MSMEs and Cooperatives.

Low interest in use of the platform by MSMEs and Cooperatives of APEC developing economies, due to language barriers

The project will contemplate the construction of the platform in both Spanish and English languages, The proposing economy will fund the costs of translation of contents to Spanish to facilitate access and a better user experience for the stakeholders benefiting from the project.

Failure to meet the expected gender quota

The project overseer will coordinate with focal points of SMEWG members and the APEC Secretariat, so that the gender approach is taken into consideration during the whole project implementation, especially during nominations of participants.

Failure to get political support by the authorities of the interested APEC developing economies, to allocate time and human resources for the implementation and administration of the Web Platform, due to possible political change of priorities, lack of budget, change of specialized staff and/ or changes in regulations.

The Web Platform will be packaged with a Content Management System (CMS), to allow for an easier replication and administration by voluntary APEC developing economies, according to their own availability of resources and particular regulations.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Outcomes

Indicators

Targets

An improvement in the implementation and use level of digital tools by MSMEs and Cooperatives of, at least, 3 APEC developing Economies, through educational audiovisual contents, short videos, recommendations and other project activities. The expected replication of the proposed Web Platform, by APEC developing economies, will allow to address the digitization needs and main gaps with their targeted MSMEs and Cooperatives.

a.   Number of digital tools implemented in the Web Platform

b.   Number of educational content videos validated in the Web Platform

c.   % of women and/or young leaders of MSMEs and/or cooperatives that implemented digital tools through the project activities

d.   Number of economies that voluntarily replicated the Web Platform

a.     10 digital tools implemented

b.     10 videos

c.     30% of MSMEs and/or Cooperatives that implemented digital solutions are led by women and/or youth

d.     03 APEC developing economies

Further the development of an articulation network among organizations of the interested APEC developed and developing economies, through an International Symposium to share experiences, good practices, findings and results about their experiences implementing the Project activities and other initiatives aligned with the objectives of this proposal, providing a particular view about the advantages, benefits and opportunities for digitization led by empowered women and youth of MSMEs and Cooperatives, in the context of recovering from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

e.   Number of APEC economies that share the results of the implementation of the project activities during the International Symposium.

f.     Number of attendees to the Symposium

g.   % of women and/or young people who attend the Symposium

e.     03 presentations by APEC economies

f.      50 attendees

g.     30% of those attending the Symposium are women and/or young entrepreneurs


Linkages

This project is linked to the main areas of the 2021 SME Work Plan, such as "Entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups" and "Development of inclusive capacities towards digitization", and to the mission of the SME Strategic Plan 2021-2024, aimed at promoting innovation in MSMEs to strengthen business competitiveness. In addition, it is aligned with the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030) in the key cross-cutting area on empowering women, through access to capital and markets, thus providing opportunities for capacity building and networking, mentoring and development of digital skills, for MSMEs in APEC developing economies, to increase women's entrepreneurial skills and encourage their participation in the economy digital and innovation.

Similarly, the project will promote collaboration between forums, sharing results and best practices with other APEC programs, including PPWEWG (Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy Working Group) and DESG (Digital Economy Steering Group), Group on Services (GOS). In turn, the project will serve as a platform to publicize initiatives developed by other APEC economies, the private sector, international cooperation or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose objectives are focused on reducing the existing gap in digitization.

Finally, for APEC, MSMEs represent 97% of all companies and generate employment for more than half of the labor force in APEC economies, contributing significantly to economic growth, between 20 and 50 percent of GDP, in most APEC economies. Additionally, more than 12% of the world's population is under the cooperative model approach, which provides employment for 10% of the total employed world population. Therefore, APEC is the best framework to implement this project.

Sustainability

As part of the project implementation, at least 3 APEC economies are expected to replicate the web platform, which will be in charge of supervising its administration according to their reality in favor of capacity building of MSMEs and Cooperatives with special emphasis on women and young entrepreneurs.The Web Platformy will be attractive for MSMEs and Cooperatives because they will learn to implement digitization tools to solve specific problems that prevent them from continuing to grow. In this sense, the differential value of the strategy will focus on developing a great convening power, which will make it attractive for private companies specializing in digital services to want to carry out training free of charge for the general public as an opportunity to publicize its services, brand and also to collaborate with the growth of the sector. 

The project will have the support of the team that implemented the ‘Ruta Digital Perú’ Strategy (Peru’s Digital Route Strategy), which from June to August 2021 has had the following results: 827 companies trained in digitization topics, in 10 workshops held, with a total traffic of 104 808 online visits. Likewise, it has been demonstrated that, on average, the beneficiary MSMEs increased their knowledge about digitization by 46% after the workshops of this strategy. The training carried out as part of the ‘Ruta Digital Perú’ Strategy generated savings for companies that represent more than USD40,000. 

Furthermore, to provide support to voluntary APEC economies, during the implementation of the Web Platform post 2022, virtual meetings will be offered by Peru, every 4 months for 2 years, to share experiences and recommendations to increase results in the long term. 

The Ministry of Production of Peru, through the Directorate of Digitization and Formalization of the General Directorate of Innovation, Technology, Digitization and Formalization, in a period of 2 years, will continue to contribute directly to the development of capacities of at least 3 other APEC developing economies, sharing the project methodology and providing technical support when needed.

Project Overseers

The project will be supervised by Christian Leoncio Ruiz Chavarria who leads the Directorate of Cooperatives and Institutionality, of the General Directorate of Business Development of the Ministry of Production, a professional with more than 10 years of experience in articulating and channelling public and private funds in different projects. He will have the support and technical backing of the work team of the Directorate of Digitization and Formalization of the Ministry of Production, the line body in charge of digital transformation through the use and application of digital technologies.

Both line bodies have highly qualified professionals in MSME, Cooperatives and digital transformation, among which are, Industrial Engineers, Economists, Administrators, Graduates in Education, Computer Engineers and Systems Engineers.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Contractors to be funded by APEC: The total cost is divided into 3 separate contracts, in order to provide contractors with greater specialization in the tasks, which require different technical profiles: Web platform development and audiovisual content (Tasks 1 to 7), coordination (Tasks 8 to 11), and translation/interpretation.

Specific Tasks

No. of Hours

Hourly Rate

1

Conduct qualitative research with MSMEs and cooperatives in the economies where the web platform will be implemented in order to identify their main digitization needs.

200

76

2

Design the web platform under APEC policies.

80

76

3

Conduct user experience tests with MSMEs and cooperatives.

200

76

4

Develop the first version of the web platform (English Version) – System implementation stage, which consists of the design of the processes, architecture and interface of the system.

200

76

5

Develop the trial period and identify opportunities for improvement.

250

76

6

Develop the second version of the web platform (English Version) – Consists of the pilot test and the production of the system, which is in other words the final version.

120

76

7

Develop audiovisual material (video) to strengthen the competencies of MSMEs and cooperatives (English version)

200

76

Web platform development and audio-visual content - Sub Total (hours):

1,250 hours (APEC)

8

Provide follow-up and monitoring of the project

150

20

9

Review and quality testing of the web platform and audiovisual content.

200

20

10

Compilation of information for the elaboration of reports.

200

20

11

Organization and coordination of the International Symposium

200

20

Reviewing reports, contents of the platform, organization of the International Symposium and related project activities – Sub-Total (hours):

750 hours (Self-Funded)

12

Before the International Symposium: Coordination meeting with MSEs, participating cooperatives and symposium organizers for an adequate and effective translation.

2

125

13

Simultaneous interpretation of the sessions of the international symposium (Three sessions of 3 hours each)

9

125

14

Other minor activities requested by the organizers of the International Symposium.

1

125

Simultaneous Interpretation - Sub Total (hours):

12 hours


Waivers

Waiver to translate Web Platform contents: The project platform will be developed in English. However, authorization is requested for its translation to Spanish (to be funded by the proposing economy), since language is a significant barrier for the adoption of the web platform by MSMEs and Cooperatives in developing economies of Latin America (such as Mexico, Chile and Peru). This will contribute to reach the project goals, since this initiative is aimed at closing the digitalization gaps of MSMEs and Cooperatives in developed, as well as in developing APEC economies.

Waiver for simultaneous interpretation: For many MSME entrepreneurs and members of cooperatives from APEC developing economies, such as Chile, Mexico and Peru, language is a barrier to the exchange of experiences, which is why a waiver is requested for hiring simultaneous interpretation services from Spanish to English, to facilitate their participation during the Symposium.

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