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FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-13
Small and Medium Enterprises in Latin America


Interest in Latin America among Japanese companies has grown in recent years. Since the 2000s, many countries in the region are recording steady economic growth thanks to sound macro-economic management and an active approach to free trade agreements. As a result, not only are some Japanese companies that already have operations in the region expanding their businesses, but also others are planning to establish new operational bases in Latin America. These companies demand information about the activities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in each country so that they can determine their competitiveness in the region. Therefore, this project aims to provide information on SMEs in Latin American countries to Japanese business people. We selected Mexico and Brazil for the importance of their market size, and Colombia, Peru and Chile for their active approach to trade liberalization and attracting investment.


April 2014 - March 2015

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] SHIMIZU Tatsuya
[ Co-researchers ] NINOMIYA Yasushi
[ Co-researchers ] HOSHINO Taeko
[ Co-researchers ] KITANO Koichi
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