Strengthening Value Chains as an Industrial Policy Instrument

Methodology and Experience of ECLAC in Central America

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In this book the recent experience of ECLAC in the design of industrial policy and technical support to the governments of two Central American countries, El Salvador and Guatemala, is presented. A complete approach was followed to identify in detail, the constraints faced by each link in the value chain. Intervention strategies for strengthening the value chains that showed a participating character (public-private) and drive structural change in the countries of the region through increased productivity and value added, with special emphasis on small producers.

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The synthetic fibre-sports apparel value chain in El Salvador

The synthetic fibre-sports apparel value chain operates in the garment and textile sectors, which have historically been very important for El Salvador. This value chain stands out because of product differentiation and the effort made by its participants to shift to a higher-value-added full-package approach. This value chain, which is highly external-market oriented, has developed in an environment that has benefited from proximity to the United States (its main market) and the provisions of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).

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