Goal 6: Surmount low productivity of tradables by transforming factors of production of the tradables sector through the implementation of strategies to improve innovation and quality, and a focus on the international market. On Track The Ministry of Economy’s Productive Development Fund (FONDEPRO) granted $1.9 million in co- financing to 111 SMEs implementing 139 business initiatives that generated 620 jobs. The GOES approved an additional $6.4 million to strengthen institutions providing business development services to support SME export activities. The GOES and the private sector developed a work plan to promote six key economic sectors (aeronautics, textiles, chemical-pharmaceuticals, plastics, electronics, and distance business services) that offer comparative advantages. With USG support, the GOES and the private sector launched anew Small Business Development Center (SBDC), bringing the total of such centers to 12. The 1,969 businesses assisted by SBDCs in 2013 yielded domestic sales and exports of $11.3 million, a 143 percent increase, and generated 3,430 jobs. The USG provided international business development assistance to 483 businesses. These firms increased domestic sales and exports by $6.3 million, generating 760 jobs. A $255,000 grant was approved by the USG for the FUPEC Foundation to work with Salvadoran hometown associations in the US, extending assistance to microbusinesses and grassroots associations in El Salvador. El Salvador ranked 60 of 148 countries in Business Sophistication in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Index, an improvement of 22 positions (as reported in the previous scorecard, while. The number of export companies with sales over $500,000 decreased to 474 firms for January-February 2014, from 542 in 2013.