Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF)
The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) is to facilitate the development of national and regional competiveness action strategies/plans through the PPD process. The specific objective is to facilitate the development of national and regional competiveness action strategies/plans through the PPD process. The project will directly contribute to the identification of a common set of policies for the Caribbean countries aimed at enhancing economic growth and competitiveness in the region. The project will provide a platform for engaging a broad group of stakeholders in the dialogue around the growth challenge with a view to identifying solutions. The project will purposefully reach beyond the traditional stakeholders to engage other critical players, including the private sector, women in business organizations, competitiveness councils; youth, civil society and the Caribbean Diaspora.
Request for Expressions of Interest Consulting Services
Project Name: COMPETE CARIBBEAN: Private Sector Development and Competitiveness
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES
Loan No: ATN/CJ-12159-RG
Project No: RG-X1044
Selection No: RG-X1044-SN12
The Compete Caribbean Program is a private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) development activities in the Caribbean region. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Canada (the Government of Canada), supports projects in 15 Caribbean countries. The program’s estimated value is US$40.0 million, of which DFID and the Government of Canada contributed US$32.55 million. Projects in the OECS countries are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank. Included within the resources of the Program is financing toward the cost of the Program’s monitoring and evaluation, some of which is intended to be applied as proceeds for this MID-TERM EVALUATION CONSULTANCY. (more…)
Facilitating Public-Private Dialogue on Microfinance in the Caribbean
This project is to facilitate public-private dialogue on issues related to improving the incidence and feasibility of microfinance for SME development in the Caribbean. The main benefit of this project is that it facilitates the increased representation of the OECS countries at the FOROMIC. In general these countries have limited access and exposure to the experts and specialists as well as the best practices that will be shared at the FOROMIC.
Strengthening the Caribbean’s Participation in the VI Americas Competitiveness Forum
This technical cooperation is to foster public-private dialogue on issues of innovation and competitiveness through participation at the VI Americas Competitiveness Forum. In facilitating the participation of public and private sector stakeholders from the Caribbean, the main benefit of the project will be (i) the stimulation or enhancement of public-private dialogue processes and (ii) stimulation and generation of ideas to increase competitiveness in the countries represented. Additionally, through the participation of officials from competitiveness councils and authorities, the project will help to strengthen these institutions, improve networking and knowledge exchange within the Caribbean region and the hemisphere in general, and strengthen their contributions to PPD fora.
II Roundtable on Identifying Constraints to Competitiveness in the Caribbean
This project will coordinate and support a regional public-private dialogue in the Dominican Republic on the opportunities for trade and investment between Latin America and the Caribbean. The main impact that the project expects to achieve is increased dialogue on private sector issues and competitiveness among regional stakeholders and consensus among policy makers on the future direction of the region’s economies.
Roundtable on Private-Public Dialogue in the Caribbean
This project is designed to coordinate and execute a roundtable for a Caribbean delegation to share private sector development experiences and identify areas for greater public-private collaboration with regards to enhancing competitiveness. The main impact that the project expects to achieve is increased dialogue on private sector issues and competitiveness among regional stakeholders and consensus among policy makers on the future direction of the region’s economies.
Regional Consultation of Priorities to Foster Private Sector Development in the Caribbean
This project is to coordinate and execute a roundtable for a Caribbean delegation to share private sector development experiences and identify areas for greater collaboration with regards to enhancing competitiveness. The main impact of the project is an increase in dialogues on private sector issues and competitiveness among regional stakeholders and consensus among policy makers on the future direction of the region’s economies.
Measuring Competiveness for Private Sector Development in the Caribbean
This project gathers essential data on the competitiveness of Caribbean businesses. It paid for the inclusion of all 15 countries in the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys (2011) which revealed some of the top challenges faced by firms in the region. The project is subsequently developing and applying innovation surveys to these firms in order to gather and analyse data from the firms on innovation, productivity and competitiveness.
Technological Innovation for the Competitiveness of the Tourism Sector
This study is to generate knowledge on global and regional trends and innovations that are transforming the tourism sector, with an emphasis on ICT-based innovations. The project identifies and analyzes innovative uses of ICT in the tourism sector. Prioritized topics are the following: i) in the field of tourism public management, creation of intelligent and interactive spaces for the visitors, flow monitoring systems (within and between destinations), cognitive systems (simulation models and prospective, analytical models sensitive to the seasonality), and modeling of destination competitiveness (development of competitiveness indicators of local destinations, visualization and analysis of networks for destination management); ii) in the field of business management, tools for reputation management and digital branding (semantic analysis of tourism contents), mobility services (monitoring visitor preferences on the move, tools for generating content and services tailored to the context of the visitor) and analysis of real-time data for decision-making.
Building Capacity in Cluster Development
In collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness (CCfC) this project piloted training on cluster development and cluster strategies to representatives of business support organizations (BSOs) that work with clusters (or may do so in the future), government representatives working on cluster policy, and university cluster practitioners. 40 people were trained.