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Project Name:
Support to the Fifth Americas Competitiveness Forum
Description:

The project provided 8 studies to lead panel discussion sessions at the Americas Competitiveness Forum in 2011 in the Dominican Republic. The studies were:

  • Renewable Energy: Best Practices in Promotion and Use for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strategic Analysis of Competitiveness and Innovation in the Tourism and Telecommunications Industries
  • Innovation in Services: The Hard Case for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Perspectives for Distributed Generation with Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Logistics as a Driver for Competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Logistics as a Competitiveness Factor for Small and Medium Enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Simplification of Procedures to Promote Competitiveness: One Stop Shop and Other Instruments that Improve the Business Climate in Countries
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A New Model of Development for Entrepreneurs

Project Name:
Manufacturing of electronics and telecommunications equipment in St. Lucia
Description:

The project aims to provide affordable and unrestricted communications consumer hardware, (cellular phones, tablet PCs, and laptops) to an extended base of low income customers, assembled by skills-enhanced female personnel in a Caribbean LDC environment and sold through non-traditional retail venues. The project will be 100% export oriented regionally integrating affordable communication products and services targeting the low-income consumer market. The project is locally managed, environmentally clean with a near zero carbon footprint, with lateral product expansion potential. The products address the cellular oligopoly by producing unlocked-devices, accepting any provider SIM chip mix, which are mobile-banking friendly.

Project Name:
Specialized Tank Cleaning Facility in Jamaica
Description:

Company: ISOCON
The project will create a centralized specialized ISO-tank container cleaning facility of ISO standards within the port of Kingston providing cleaning, repairs, testing and certification services to our Caribbean users.

Project Name:
Development of commercial produce farm using Greenhouse and Drip Irrigation Technology
Description:

Company: Plympton Farms
Plympton Farms is developing a commercial produce farm in Guyana that uses greenhouse and drip irrigation technology to cater to Caribbean and US Markets. The project will assist the farm to increase its output and export potential.

Project Name:
Impact Investment in the Caribbean
Description:

Impact Investing is an emerging industry which entails investors actively placing capital in businesses and funds that generate social and/or environmental goods and at least return nominal principal to the investor. This project partnered with the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) to examine the existing impact investment activities in Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago; the feasibility of increased activity in this area including the demand for and availability of such financing; and the role of government policy in creating an enabling environment for impact investment in the region.

Project Name:
Identifying Sustainable Agricultural Initiatives in the Caribbean
Description:

This project partners with the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund to study sustainable agriculture in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and& Tobago. It examines current developments in sustainable agriculture in this country, analyses specific challenges, and identifies opportunities, taking into consideration trade liberalization, food safety, quality and security, rising food prices, the expansion of niche markets, diversification, climate change and environmental sustainability.

Project Name:
Productive Development Policies in the Caribbean
Description:

This project analyses the impact of Productive Development Polices in The Bahamas, Belize, and Suriname using the “Productive Development Policies” framework developed by Ricardo Hausmann and a team at Harvard University. It complements similar analyses undertaken by the IDB on Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago that were completed in order to achieve a better understanding of PDPs in the region.