Canada – Businesses offer jobs for Afghan newcomers

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 13,050 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

May 13, 2022—Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 13,050 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

For many newcomers, securing meaningful employment is a critical step in their resettlement journey and is integral to financial independence. It also helps ease Canada’s labour shortages and supports our country’s post-pandemic economic growth by filling vacancies across the country.

Small businesses across Canada have shown incredible leadership in hiring newcomers. On Prince Edward Island, the Immigrant & Refugee Services Association Prince Edward Island (IRSA PEI) helps refugees who want to settle in smaller communities across the province. Mr. Khaled Salar, an Afghan newcomer, secured highly skilled employment shortly after his arrival in Canada after connecting with SpryPoint, a Charlottetown-based company that creates cloud-based software. He was offered a position as a project manager at SpryPoint based on his years of experience. This is a shining example of the powerful impact of matching job opportunities with newcomers’ skills.

Recognizing the contributions that refugees bring to the Canadian workforce, larger employers across Canada have also stepped up their efforts to offer jobs to Afghan newcomers by providing them with the opportunities, skills, and work experience they need to be successful. Here’s how some businesses are doing their part:

McCain Foods/Day & Ross have committed to hiring more than 125 refugees by 2024, with corporate and manufacturing opportunities across Canada.
Maple Leaf Foods has made more than 700 positions available across the country, namely in farming, processing and production.
Commissionaires, a not-for-profit, self-supporting organization and Canada’s largest private sector employer of Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police veterans, has identified positions open to Afghan refugees. Now 22,000 strong across Canada, commissionaires are trained to work as security guards, mobile patrollers, administrative clerks, receptionists, systems security technicians, network cabling technicians, supervisors and more.
Amazon/Amazon Web Services have extended an invitation to Afghan refugees to apply for vacant positions in 12 cities across Canada such as Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax. They also offer support for employees who wish to upgrade their skills.

We continue to see an outpouring of goodwill from Canadians across the country, including businesses. As a business owner, learn about ways you can help engage with newcomers and how they can benefit your business.

Photos of previous arrivals are available in Dropbox for use by media. You can also monitor Canada’s progress on welcoming Afghan refugees to Canada.

“Finding stable employment is crucial to the success of newcomers in Canada, and many are eager to build on their experience and skills in their new communities. I’m thrilled that so many Canadian businesses are providing jobs and mentorship opportunities to the world’s most vulnerable, so they can continue to enrich our communities and help grow our economy.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“The key to our success is our dedicated people and how they work together to understand the unique needs of newcomers to our Island. The Employment Assistance Service team provides integrated employment support tailored to meet an individual’s needs. It makes our day when we receive the good news that another job offer has been accepted!”

– Bernadette Reynolds, Executive Director, IRSA PEI

Aidan Strickland

Press Secretary

Minister’s Office

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Ann Marie Puig lays out the various ways businesses can easily increase their revenue

Ann Marie Puig, an expert business consultant who works with companies around the globe, explains the different ways businesses can efficiently increase their operations.

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Learn from past customers to attract new customers. Review your customer base to determine why they are drawn to you.

The next step after getting your business started is to figure out how to increase revenue. Ann Marie Puig, a successful entrepreneur and master business consultant from Costa Rica, reveals the secrets to making this happen.

You can do this by expanding your customer base. You’re trying to increase the number of customers. It is clear that more customers will visit your store or your eCommerce platform, which means more traffic, and, ultimately, more revenue.

Puig says, “Learn from past customers to attract new customers. Review your customer base to determine why they are drawn to you.” In addition, if you have conducted a speaking engagement that saw an increase in traffic, then look for other similar opportunities.

Revenue can also be increased by increasing the size of transactions. This means that every consumer who makes a purchase buys more. This can be achieved by upselling, or offering discounts for multiple purchases made in one visit.

You can do this by suggesting complementary products that they might be interested in purchasing. It is possible to make more money by upselling an administration or integral item after you have won a client.

Revenue will be increased if customers make more purchases. For example, a customer who makes a purchase once per month can be a motivator to make more purchases. Retention services can be used to encourage customers to return more often. Don’t forget about past customers.

Puig asserts, “Keep in touch with the business through email campaigns and email newsletters so that their minds will never wander.” It costs less to keep clients coming back than to find new clients, so keep the communication open.

This is the obvious option – raise your rates. It is important to evaluate prices regularly to make sure they are competitive but also to keep them in line with market costs and expectations.

You’ll get more income for each client who buys you. If you accept that your volume, normal exchange size and recurrence are equal, increasing your costs will result in more income for the same amount of exertion.

If you have more experience or new skills, increase your prices. You may initially need lower rates in order to attract customers. However, once your customers understand the value of your products, and your ability to provide exceptional customer service, increasing prices will be justifiable.

You can’t raise prices arbitrarily in most cases. Products must be promoted in a way that increases perceived value. Promote prices along with the value that customers will get for the goods and services they are purchasing. Importantly, however, you must also consider your company’s worth.

Your ideal customer is your target client and has a very specific definition. The ideal customer is someone who buys early and often, is most likely to spend the most, and is willing to pay more for quality.

About Ann Marie Puig 

Ann Marie Puig is a business consultancy expert. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and provides reliable and expert business consultancy services based on years of experience. She is extremely knowledgeable in current technology, eCommerce and a variety of industries. As a result, her clients are able to trust her to offer a more personal service. When she’s not active consulting for a business, she dedicates her time to her family and her community.

Japan – Looking Toward Strengthening our Existing Businesses and Creating of New, Highly Profitable Businesses Restructuring Hitachi High-Tech Fine Systems

Hitachi High-Tech Corporation (“Hitachi High-Tech”) today announced the restructuring of Hitachi High-Tech Fine Systems Corporation (“HFS”) on April 1, 2022, as part of Hitachi High-Tech’s key initiatives for our 2024 Mid-Term Management Plan. Hitachi High-Tech aims to create new businesses that will be a key part of our future, in tandem with the plans to further expand the growth and profitability of our existing businesses.

Through corporate divestiture, HFS will transfer its railroad inspection, HD/FPD(1) and laboratory solutions businesses to Hitachi High-Tech Solutions Corporation (“HSL”) and transfer its manufacturing functions to Hitachi High-Tech Manufacturing & Service Co., Ltd. (“HMS”). Furthermore, the prototyping, development, and other functions of HFS will be transferred to Hitachi High-Tech through an absorption-type merger, with HFS as absorbed company and Hitachi High-Tech as the surviving company.

Business Restructuring Goals

The environment surrounding society is changing every day with developments in digitization and the acceleration of innovations in technology. In order to respond swiftly to the changing market environments, the needs and business challenges of our customers in such circumstances, the Hitachi High-Tech Group is working on enhancing and integrating our core technologies, optimizing our manufacturing frameworks, and accelerating prototype development through Group-integrated business management.

This restructuring is one measure of these key initiatives we are working on, and by utilizing the core competencies (analysis and inspection technologies, production facility engineering capabilities, manufacturing capabilities) of HFS, one of the major group companies, the Hitachi High-Tech Group aims to reinforce our core Measurement and Analysis technologies, further increase the profitability of our fundamental businesses and strengthen the creation of new businesses that will be a key pillar of our future.

Business Restructuring Overview Summary:

1. Railroad Inspection, HD/FPD, Laboratory Solutions
We aim to integrate the laser- and magnetic-analysis technologies of HFS with the measurement and control technologies of HSL, and create new solutions that will be one of the core pillar of our future business.

2. Prototyping and Development
With the integration of the prototyping and development functions of HFS into Hitachi High-Tech, we aim to improve our development efficiency in product manufacturing through accelerated prototype development.

3. Manufacturing Functions
We will achieve high-efficiency manufacturing of Hitachi High-Tech Group products by concentrating our manufacturing functions into HMS.

Through this restructuring, the Hitachi High-Tech Group is looking toward creating new, highly profitable businesses from our core technologies of “Observation, Measurement, and Analysis” along with leveraging the core competencies of HFS to bolster the existing businesses of Hitachi High-Tech. The Hitachi High-Tech Group continues to work on creation of new social and environmental value, and aim to sustainably improve our corporate value.

(1) HD/FPD: Hard-Disk and Flat Panel Display

About Hitachi High-Tech

Hitachi High-Tech, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is engaged in activities in a broad range of fields, including Analytical & Medical Solutions (manufacture and sales of clinical analyzers, biotechnology products, and analytical instruments), Nano- Technology Solutions (manufacture and sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and analysis equipment), and Industrial Solutions (providing high value- added solutions in fields of social & industrial infrastructures and mobility, etc.).

The company’s consolidated revenues for FY 2020 were approx. JPY 606.3 billion [USD 5.7 billion]. For further information, visit

Corporate Communications Dept., CSR Div.,
Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
Contact: Nishikawa
Phone: +81-80-9207-5949

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Small Businesses Adapting to Rapidly Changing Economic Landscape, Study Finds

– • A new study by World Economic Forum finds that previous disadvantages can lead to new opportunities for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) – • Report highlights how SMEs can leverage their size, networks, people and technology to support sustainable growth, positive societal impact and robust adaptive capacity – • Report was developed in collaboration with the National University of Singapore Business School…

Businesses that implement technology have higher productivity and generate more profits, according to IFC report

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has published the report “Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Central America,” a study on the digital ecosystem in the region, with a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Prepared in collaboration with the Regional Center for the Promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE), the document reveals the opportunities for digital transformation in Central America, the challenges it faces, and the potential of this digitalization to attract investment and generate jobs.

Presented at a panel sponsored by the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), the results of the study are encouraging: Central American companies are eager to go digital and see e-commerce, financial technology, and robotics as especially transformative for their companies in the next decade. The report also confirms that technology implementation is key for business: companies that implement technology in their operations have higher productivity and generate more profits.

To build a solid entrepreneurial ecosystem, the study points out that greater coordination and participation of the public and private sectors, having adequate regulations and facilitating access to financing for technology companies, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and women entrepreneurs are essential. 

“Companies want to go digital, even more so after the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all have the opportunity to do so because they do not have access to resources.  It is important to work with the financial sector to mobilize innovative funds and tools to the private sector, and especially to small businesses,” said Sanaa Abouzaid, IFC Regional Manager for Central America. We are confident that this report can help guide the path of the digital revolution in the region,“ she added.

David Cabrera, Executive Director of Cenpromype, indicated that ”it is necessary that we take advantage of the mechanisms that integration gives us to make visible and to strengthen institutional efforts, programs, and actions aimed at giving added value to the production of MSMEs, considering processes that allow the generation of new products or services, improvement of management or organizational processes, or improvements in marketing strategies”

This is confirmed by the report: bureaucracy, access to financing, lack of information about technologies, limited technological skills among the workforce, the lack of national and regional strategies that promote e-commerce, and the lack of a more agile and friendly regulatory framework, are some of the barriers that slow down the digital transformation in Central America. On the other hand, it highlights opportunities to enhance the digital ecosystem, such as promoting a digital transformation strategy and e-commerce, promoting greater participation of women in the technology sector, increasing collaboration between the public and private sectors, and promoting alliances between the supply and demand of technology.

For this study, surveys were conducted with more than 2,000 companies from a variety of key sectors in Central America, including the technology, education, agricultural and tourism sectors, and a multitude of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The panel presentation of the report, moderated by Camelia Ilie, Dean of Executive Education and Strategic Innovation of INCAE, was attended by senior representatives of the public and private sector, including the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica, Victoria Hernandez; IFC Senior Vice President of Operations Stephanie von Friedeburg; IFC Central America Manager Sanaa Abouzaid; the Managing Partner of the Salvadoran investment fund, Innogen Capital, Fernando Morán. 

The report is available at:


About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the world’s largest private sector-focused development institution in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, experience and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 trillion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, harnessing the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit


About Cenpromype

Within the framework of the Central American Integration System (SICA), CENPROMYPE seeks the integral development of entrepreneurs through the opportunities offered by regional, social and economic integration.

CENPROMYPE designs mechanisms that promote commercial exchange, model regional policies, aligned with the reality of countries, strengthening their potential and articulate the interests of public and private entities that provide business development services.

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