TOWARD SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE AMERICAS
June 1996 Draft Presented by the Bolivian Government to the Organization of
American States (OAS) in preparation for the December 1996 Hemispheric
A) IMPROVING OUR HUMAN RESOURCES BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES
21. The following priorities have been identified as vehicles for enhancing
our human assets so that we can attain greater social justice for all our
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3) Increase Opportunities for Self-Employment through Micro-enterprises
24. Given the fact that nearly one in three jobs in Latin America and the
Caribbean are created by micro-enterprises and small businesses, it is
imperative that we strengthen this sector by increasing and facilitating
access to financial resources and services, by improving training, and by
disseminating technologies that contribute to ecoefficiency and
Finance and Financial Services. Create incentives for banks to enter the
field of micro-finance, and to design and develop lending procedures apt to
the needs of micro-entrepreneurs.
Regulations. Level the playing field for micro-entrepreneurial activity by
correcting the tax system, by simplifying licensing requirements, and by
changing those policies concerning labor, pricing and spending that
discriminate against micro-entrepreneurs.
Ecoefficiency and Competitiveness. Set in place policies and regulations
that foster the adoption of environmentally-sound technologies so that waste
is reduced while efficiency and competitiveness are improved.