INCAE supports the region to face the crisis due to COVID-19

19 of June 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, INCAE has supported Latin American companies, institutions and governments to define measures to face the new reality.

“At INCAE we have the tradition that when there are regional crises we activate to help. All the time we have to be responding with different programs and actions so that the region recovers its capacity to grow and prosper socially ”, commented Roberto Artavia, President of the Board of Directors.

Therefore, this time INCAE Business School did not hesitate to allocate efforts and resources to mitigate the effects of the health crisis caused by SARS-CoV2, commonly known as COVID-19. "Hand in hand with our National Committees, our faculty and different chambers and organizations in some countries of the region, INCAE is supporting the management of the pandemic through the creation of operational and multisectoral groups," said Enrique Bolaños, Rector of INCAE.

In this context, the institution has provided conceptual, analytical and planning support to different sectors throughout Latin America through its active participation in multi-thematic work commissions and collaborating with productive sectors, governments and NGOs. 

INCAE also developed a comprehensive model to support a safe opening process that allows economic recovery while ensuring people's health. With inputs and recommendations from different advisory institutions, including INCAE, countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador y Guatemala They have developed their reopening plans. 

Likewise, the institution has managed the coordination for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) through local production or the purchase of these products, providing support in logistics and fundraising issues.

The INCAE faculty has played a key role in these initiatives, not only because of its leadership within the working committees, but also by presenting data and recommendations directed directly to trade union groups, chambers and organizations, as well as organizing webinars and virtual events open to the public. general public. From the first virtual presentation, Coronavirus: the economic, social and political impact in Latin America, given by Professor Alberto Trejos on March 13, INCAE webinars have addressed topics such as the implications of COVID-19 in the region, crisis management in the private sector and economic reactivation; the transmissions add up to around 170,000 visits. 

“The current context, marked by the global health crisis due to COVID-19, confirms that INCAE's mission is more current than ever. To do this, we develop relevant content for the region and research, projects, simulations and cases developed tailored to Latin American organizations, both in the public and private sectors, ”commented Camelia Ilie, INCAE's Dean of Executive Education.

For its part, the INCAE Entrepreneurship Center created a service of personalized coaching sessions at no cost to entrepreneurs and businessmen who are being affected by the health crisis. The graduate community responded widely, offering more than 700 hours of mentoring to those in need.

“The graduate community has certainly shown its leadership in times of crisis. Their response has been to make themselves available to the needs of the countries of the region through collaborations, their own webinars and mentoring ”, commented Wendy Rodríguez, Advancement Director for Latin America.

Rachel Samrén, EVP Chief External Affairs Officer of Millicom, recognized the relevance of the actions undertaken by the institution through a recent webinar with INCAE, mentioning: “Now more than ever, having partners like INCAE will be of critical importance for the advancement of the nations ”. 

Learn more about the actions that INCAE has taken for COVID-19 in this video.