From November 28 to December 9, 2011, APU welcomed sixteen public officials from Guatemala for a two-week training course entitled “the Promotion of Local Industries for Guatemala.” This training course was commissioned to APU by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This year was the second time a training program was held for a group from Guatemala.
In Guatemala, 85% of the workforce is employed by small businesses. Because of this, the Guatemalan government is putting a lot of effort into supporting small businesses through industry promotion, with the aim of creating jobs and alleviating poverty. As part of this initiative, administrative officials from various levels of national, departmental, and municipal agencies came to Japan to participate in this training program.