ICG Business Group reflects on internationalization
Lawyer Manuel Vergara Echeverría, founder of Chile's Business Center & Management Consulting (BC&MC) and founding partner of the firm ICG Business Group, reflected on the internationalization of companies.
Within the framework of its X anniversary, the managing partner of ICG Business Group in El Salvador and IGG representative for Central America, Edgardo Búcaro, invited different entrepreneurs, investors in different areas, to listen to the expert to write down important considerations on the opportunities, the possibilities and challenges of expanding their national capital abroad.
Among several points, the consultant highlighted the challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship that Salvadorans have, but also of breaking the paradigms of an education system (both public and private) that is dividing societies into good and bad, intelligent and silly , rulers and ruled.
"What I want to point out when I speak of internationalization to the commercial service is not in the sense that education is or is not a business, but that the business itself has a valued and ethically appropriate connotation," he explained.
In his view, current education does not have an ethical sense or a social sense, regardless of whether the school is public or private. As an example, Vergara Echeverría warned that in our schools and colleges “if we have a child who has a talent to be an entrepreneur or another to be a worker or another to be a scientist in quantum physics, artist or poet, he must have the opportunities to be it and that we do not impose a commercial model that is rather political ”.
With this, he pointed out that the division he refers to is the one that marks the talents of human beings and, therefore, prevents innovation that can later lead to internationalization.
"If in Latin America we continue to accept that education be done with commercial or economist criteria, in the sense that we apply quality as if it were a production of sausages or a production of things, we make the mistake of losing the best of our people," he said. .
He noted that some Latin American countries are trying to stifle private educational freedom so that in the end state education matches people, “and that is criminal. It is as criminal to try to match people as to try to make one difference be imposed on the other. They are the extremes, and what we need is an education that can allow innovation, creative imagination, individual talents and citizen freedom. If we achieve that, we will achieve a citizen ethic, and then we will have generous entrepreneurs, responsible workers, incorruptible politicians, ”he emphasized.
For Vergara, what ICG tries to promote and empower is precisely the professional who is able to serve business with ethical principles, internationalize and solidarity knowledge.
"In ICG we have an economic and a professional activity, but at the same time we have an educational activity of global collaboration for peace," he said.
The president of ICG in El Salvador, said that the firm is celebrating 10 years in El Salvador, but that 20 has been founded and operating in South America, the rest of the countries of Central America, the United States, Mexico and Spain.
According to his assessment, the efforts for the integration of the region have achieved that internationalization and that particularly El Salvador has always been seen as a country of great potential for growth, although he said that what is slowing internationalization, but not only in El Salvador, are some state policies.
"The less the state gets into regulating and competing with private companies, the easier we can internationalize professionals and entrepreneurs," he said.
The executive director of Ópticas La Joya, Adolfo Parker pointed out that, for now, it is still too early to give an opinion on whether support policies are being promoted from the Government for the expansion of medium-sized entrepreneurs or, on the contrary, measures that hinder The development of those capitals.
"The Government does not have much time to be, but I believe that he who wants to work in any world, philosophy or kind of government that should work," he said.
Fundasal's deputy executive director, Julio Eduardo Meléndez, said that there are spaces for internationalization, but there is also a lack of information.
He considered that El Salvador still has many benefits that can be exploited and that it needs to go out and look for those spaces to innovate, be creative and that way “the expansion will come in addition”.