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SEQUA (www.sequa.de) is a nonprofit organisation established in 1991 by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the Confederation of German Crafts (HwKs) and the Confederation of the German Employers Association. In addition, the Confederation of German Industry has become associate of SEQUA by January 2006, and GTZ became associates in 2010. SEQUA’s network of partners consists of the German chambers of commerce and industry, the bilateral chambers of foreign trade, the employers’ associations, the educational institutions of the private sector and the businesses that these organisations are representing. Together, these organisations represent approximately 5 million businesses. SEQUA utilises the experience of the chambers and other German intermediary organizations in the areas of public-private dialogue, in advocacy, in representation of business interests, in capacity building, business services, counselling, foreign trade and training. SEQUA is responsible for the overall management, monitoring and evaluation of numerous projects that promote economic development in developing and transition countries. Over the past 19 years, SEQUA has implemented over 600 projects for private sector development in more than 100 countries. Through its projects, SEQUA contributes to social and economic development in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the developing countries of the South.

Saar- Lor- Lux-Umweltzentrum gGmbH (www.saar-lor-lux-umweltzentrum.de ) is a non-profit, limited liability corporation and a subsidiary of the Chamber of Crafts of Saarland (Handwerkskammer des Saarlandes). It has 8 employees who handle different departments. Its different services that are offered to handicraft businesses, municipalities and others are consultancy on environmental and energy issues, on management systems, on regional development and on further education as well as cooperation and support for development aid. Since January 2010 we accompany for 3 years the partner countries Benin and Côte d’Ivoire in this project initiated by the EU.

Handwerkskammer Rhein-Main - Chamber of Crafts Rhein-Main
Companies belonging to the crafts sector in Germany are defined only be their production structure of crafts, and not by their size. The mission and services of the Chamber of Crafts Rhein Main (www.hwk-rhein-main.de) are activities within the framework of economic policy and business consultancy, legal advise, professional training centres and technology. The two centers of professional training and technology in Weiterstadt and Frankfurt / Main are the partners of the dual system of vocational training. In the center in Weiterstadt, every day 600 apprentices are trained in 30 trades. Among others, these training centers are responsible for the following: development of professional training curricula, consultancy on professional training, control of training as well as of contracts, courses and examination of master craftsmen, consultancy on technology transfer on national and international level.

bfz gGmbH (www.bfz.de) is a network of professional training centers in Bavaria. Bfz were established in 1983 by the Bavarian Business Associations and they work on a non-profit basis. Bfz have more than 180 agencies throughout Bavaria. The key competencies of bfz are professional preparation and training for young people, for those seeking employment and for the business and private customers. The intertnational division of bfz (www.international.bfz.de) conducts partnership projects with chambers and business associations in Brazil, Mexico, Central America, Mozambique and Pakistan (Program of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), among others. Within the RIFA project, bfz is responsible for the creation of the project web site as well as for the cooperation with the Latin American partners.

The National Chamber of Skilled Crafts of Côte d'Ivoire (CNMCI)
The CNMCI is an institution established by decree No. 93-01 of January 7, 1993. It represents the interests of business operators of the craft and trade enterprises with public authorities. The CNMCI's mission is to contribute to the promotion and development of the handicraft sector and the business enterprises within the economic and social development of our country.
It contributes to the organization, supervision and modernizing of the business sector through:

Confederation of Artisans of Benin CNAB.
CNAB was founded January 16, 2008. It developed from the collaboration of the previous umbrella organization and the support of members of the Committee for Restructuring the Crafts Sector. CNAB covers twelve provinces and 77 municipalities. CNAB aims at the promotion and development of craft occupations as well as defending the interests of the craftsmen of Benin.
CNAB activities focus on:

CNAB offers also services (hiring of conventions, offices etc.).
It represents the crafts business community in the negotiations with government institutions.

Chamber of Crafts in the Region of Fez-Boulemane (Morocco)
The Chamber of Crafts of the Region of Fez-Boulemane signed a cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Crafts Rhein-Main in 1987. For the RIFA project the two chambers have formulated a cooperation agreement consisting of the project’s implementation and actions (such as studies, workshops, seminars, conferences) and the project’s objective. The chamber in Fez maintains several well-equipped centers of apprenticeship training (CFA), through the common efforts of the 1980s between the Rhein-Main chamber and the chamber Fez. Also, the Government of Morocco declared the professional training a priority in the cooperation between the two countries. That is why Morocco has integrated the dual training / learning, focusing on a balance of competence between the theoretical and practical parts. (Web site: www.chambreartisanatfes.ma/fr)


The Technical Institute for Training and Productivity INTECAP is a leading Guatemalan institution for workers training and human resource and to support people to join the workforce. For over 36 years, promoted by State agencies and private sector contributions, INTECAP’s agenda is the development of human talent and national productivity.

INTECAP has achieved a quality management certificate ISO 9001:2000, which will strengthen it as an institution of quality, well adapted to globalization and international requirements.

From 2012, our associate project partner in El Salvador is the country’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Its main business unit is The Center for Business Education which specializes in giving continuing education to small, medium and large businesses in El Salvador. Mr. Victor Kury, who will be the 2012 and 2013 delegate at RIFA activities, is currently the head of that center.  The center has programs on sales, customer service, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, logistics, secretarial services and many other topics depending on the needs of customers.
The chamber of commerce and industry in El Salvador is a non-profit organization that has over 2,300 members and is the largest private sector organization in the country. The organization’s web page is www.camarasal.com for more information.

The Confederation of Commercial and Business Associations of Brazil - CACB is a multi-sector organization, constituted of 27 state Federations, representatives of each federative unit of Brazil. These Federations are composed of 2.038 Commercial and Business Associations that represent more than 2.5 million companies in the entire country (natural and judicial persons), incorporating all areas of economic activity.

The CACB is the oldest business organization in Brazil and originated in 1912, in Rio de Janeiro, initially under the name of Federation of Commercial Associations of Brazil. The current denomination, Confederation of Commercial and Business Associations of Brazil, dates from 2002 and was altered with the intention of adapting to the reality of the economic system that needs to incorporate more companies from different areas of the Brazilian economy.

It assembles all of Brazil’s private productive areas, incorporating micro, small, and big companies. It represents and expresses the independent opinion of managers from all sections of the economy: commerce, industry, agricultural, services, finances and autonomous workers. The CACB is qualified to represent the business community to the National Congress and to act as a technical and consultative organ of the Federal Government to study and solve problems related with the national economy.

We are a new institution in Honduras for a Technical and Comprehensive Education concerned with studying continuous improvements in processes and technology that continuously perform in industry. This ensures that people who are trained in IPC are up-to-date with the reality the real working environment.

The facility offers advanced technology with highly skilled domestic and foreign-based methodology.

To date, IPC has graduated about 700 students of the Integrated Training Program, of which an average of 82% has been kept working despite the financial crisis. Furthermore, we have re-trained more than 2,000 members of the current workforce in the country.

IPC has successfully integrated its comprehensive training programs such as additional classes: Technical English, Computer Science, Mathematics, Ethics/Morality, Safety, Industrial/Occupational Health and Communication in the workplace.

Additionally we currently have a Student Residences complex with 68 students from all parts of the country. Previously, the scope of IPC was limited geographically by the area of residence for students, making it very difficult to access high-performance education the institution provides.

Another purpose of this resource is to develop character and emotional maturity of students, coupled with a multicultural component to open their minds so they may become receptive to change and new lifestyles.

IPC is not only working to develop better technicians, but also better people and better citizens to be leaders in the industry, their families, community and country, leaders to propose better ways of doing things and serve as catalysts for positive change and influence the environments in which they live.