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USAID Selects Abt Associates to Lead Team in Strengthening Mexico Private Sector Competitiveness
Date:3/11/2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Abt Associates announced it has been awarded a 5-year, $17.8 million contract from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a team of organizations in improving private sector competitiveness while protecting biodiversity in Mexico.

Mexico is a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement and shares a 2000 mile border with the United States. USAID programs support Mexican efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and economic competitiveness, particularly rule of law, security, and broad-based economic opportunity. Sustained economic development in Mexico will depend on improved competitiveness, which in turn, requires effective systems of governance. In addition, low competitiveness in forest communities and areas with high levels of biodiversity leads to unsustainable income-generating activities that harm the environment and destroy natural resources.

Under the contract, Abt Associates and its partners will work to enhance competitiveness by promoting more effective policy design, implementation and evaluation across three governance areas: environmental management, small business promotion, and precursor markets of financial services, water resources, and renewable energy. The team will build on prior USAID efforts in Mexico to achieve sustainable reforms by improving transparency, strengthening civil society participation, and promoting accountability.

"We believe we have an excellent team in place to build on USAID's previous initiatives to improve competitiveness and economic development in Mexico," said Constantin Abarbieritei, Division Vice President for International Economic Growth at Abt Associates. "The ultimate goal is to create deeper 'second generation reform' that results in sustainable improvements and country ownership of effective policy-level reforms."

The Abt Associates-led team of Casals & Associates, International Resources Group (IRG) and Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silviculta Sostenible A.C. (CCMSS) has extensive experience in Mexico and is well versed in financial policy and institutions, environmental and biodiversity management, small business policy, water conservation, and renewable energy, and has strong ties to Mexican public and private sector leadership.

Abt Associates applies scientific research, technical assistance and consulting expertise to a wide range of social, economic and health policy issues; international development; clinical trials and registries; and complex business problems. The company is a recognized leader in international development and the oversight of large complex development projects. Founded in 1965, the company provides services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; international organizations and national governments; universities and foundations; media; and major corporations. Its staff of over 1,000 is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Bethesda, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; Lexington, Massachusetts (Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions, Inc.); New York, New York (Abt SRBI); and in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.


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