Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), whereby disputing parties agree to refer an existing or future case to a third party, offers businesses an opportunity to manage any conflicts in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In addition the parties have a greater degree of control over the process and the outcome, both of which are usually confidential. Although various forms of ADR exist, Arbitration and Mediation are now widely recognised as the primary processes in use internationally and are firmly part of the civil justice systems of many countries, including the US, Canada and the UK.
The project will help Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. to develop and market a new renewable energy product WINSUN as an innovation in RE technology. WINSUN offers consumers the option of an off grid system for energy generation capable of reaching remote areas that are otherwise inaccessible by the current grid system.
The main aim of the project was to increase support to SMEs, including increasing their access to finance. The project designed a new institutional framework to support SME development, including the design of a new government agency dedicated to SME growth and draft legislation to support it. It looked specifically at the SMEs in the Family Islands and created mechanisms to facilitate enterprise development there including a new website to market these enterprises.
Increasing trade and investment is high on the priority list of the Belize Government. Through this project BELTRAIDE significantly increased its capacity and focus in this area. The project rationalised the work of BELTRAIDE, created a strategic plan for the organisation, and provided sector specific strategies for the medical tourism and BPO sectors. It aimed to significantly increase investment by promoting Belize using various media and marketing tools, as well as provide help to exporters.
The Government has created the Economic Development Council as the main public-private dialogue mechanism on private sector development. The project assists the EDC technical secretariat in ensuring it’s organisational structure is appropriate for Belize, has a prioritized action plan and an M&E framework. It assists with sector specific studies, and builds the capacity of the staff of the EDC through training and study trips. The overarching objective is to increase the national dialogue on private sector development in order to better inform policy creation for growth and development.
A diabetic can live a normal healthy life and even reverse diabetes by switching to a low energy, nutrient-rich and high fibre diet regime. A single product with this feature does not exist in our supermarkets. Pure Nature MD was designed as a refreshing and appealing drink that improves glucose metabolism and lowers blood glucose and high blood pressure by 24% in just 2 hours.
Preparing Belize Shrimp Growers Association for ASC Shrimp Certification to improve its competitiveness
The project will help the Belize Shrimp Growers Association (8 shrimp farms) to increase competitiveness through the achievement of the ASC shrimp standard certification. This will position the entire industry to access new niche markets in Europe and the Caribbean via a label recognized for its environmental and social standards.
Strengthening the Institutional Framework of the National Commission for the Defense Competition of the Dominican Republic (PROCOMPETENCIA)
In this project the National Commission for the Defense of Competition is being strengthened. Both the technical capacity and the institutional framework are supported so that PROCOMPETENCIA can successfully promote increased competition and productivity in the DR.
Support to Business Climate Reforms to Strengthen Commercial Ties between Dominican Republic’s SMEs & International Markets
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is receiving help through this project to analyse the SME environment, identify and address specific barriers to market access for SMEs into the global market and specifically the US market. These barriers include regulatory issues, logistics, distribution, commercialization, etc. The project is intended to provide technical assistance to exporters or potential exporters to the US in order to strengthen their ability to meet the required regulations.
High Value-added Coconut Products Project
The project is based on the extraction of virgin coconut oil (VCO) from fresh coconut kernel. The company has 6,300 acres which are mostly planted with oranges and wants to expand to virgin coconut oil production to tap into a growing global market for this product.
The specific objective of the project is to strengthen the legal and administrative framework for agriculture in Grenada and to increase investment into the sector, specifically in the nutmeg and cocoa sub-sectors.
Grenada Hotel Cluster Economic Recovery Programme
The project will help the Grenada Hotel cluster to build on an existing framework for recovery. Strategic interventions include targeting and growth of non-traditional markets, human resource development, and the adoption of sustainable tourism practices for the sector.
The Grenada Project – Protein from Waste Initiative
This project will help this non-profit organization to produce chicken feed from local free waste products for sale to local rural poultry producers. The product will be equal to, but significantly cheaper than the currently available imported products.
Caribbean Cluster Initiative for the Establishment of the Pomeroon Export Producers Association – Guyana and Trinidad
To optimize the Virgin-Caribbean supply chain to provide for increased efficiencies, volumes, distribution, sales and exports of coconut water.
Coconut water is one of the developed world’s fastest-growing beverage products. The entry of Virgin Caribbean as a purchaser and processor of tender coconut for water in Guyana has created a market that was essentially non-existent in recent years. The cluster core consists of the Virgin Caribbean processing facility plus the local farmers supplying to and supported by Virgin Caribbean. The company continues to grapple with inconsistencies in coconut supplies, due primarily to the neglect and abandonment of the farms while isolation and the lack of a guaranteed market for nuts and other produce, farmers have tended to seek jobs elsewhere leading to the neglect of their orchards.
Virgin-Caribbean sits at the core of this cluster and shares a desire to break the vicious cycle of farm neglect due primarily by the lack of markets and investments in processing as a result of unsustained supply. The cluster is seeking to establish a fully functioning, sustainable value chain from farm to market through action on three fronts: Revive agricultural production in the Lower Pomeroon by building capacity to upgrade farms; Establish a modern processing facility; Link the two through transparent “win-win” contract farming agreements.
Objective: To optimize the Virgin-Caribbean supply chain to provide for increased efficiencies, volumes, distribution, sales and exports of coconut water.
How Donor Funds Are Being Used:
• To ensure that coconut farmers in this cluster are better organized for greater efficiency and collective action thus increasing their bargaining power as suppliers. The project will also increase their access to improved harvesting and farm maintenance technology and equipment as well as provide a better understand of the opportunities associated with crop diversification and contract farming agreements.
Achievements Thus Far:
1. Business Plan and crop diversification strategy enacted.
2. Stronger legal foundation and development of commercial agreements for global business.
3. Increases in arable land usage and efficient drainage as a result of the procurement of hydraulic excavators
The project will support the Rupununi Catch and Release sport fishing cluster to develop a viable tourism product based on catch and release sport fishing. The project will train communities, undertake a scientific stock assessment, and set out a management plan to preserve the stock over the long term.
The project will help Plympton Farms to develop 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.
The project is helping dloHaiti to bring safe, potable water to underserved areas in Haiti through the use of a decentralized water purification and distribution model that reduces reliance on water transport by large trucks. This model will improve water quality and services while reducing carbon emissions and local pollution.
D & E Green Enterprises
The project is helping D&E Green Enterprises to bring affordable, reliable and clean energy to resource-constrained communities in Haiti through the setup and manufacture of low-cost, high-efficiency, EcoRecho Stoves.
The project is helping Haiti Originale to create and operate an eight hectare (ha) experimental banana farm in Haiti. The purpose is to determine the viability, scalability and job creation potential of bringing commercial banana production to the country. The ultimate goal of the firm is to build a 500 ha banana operation that can be expanded to 2000 ha.
Veerhouse Voda Haiti Factory
The aim is to enable Veerhouse Voda implement the Veerhouse building system – a Eurocode certified environmentally sustainable, low cost building system that is five times faster than traditional construction methods; with the intention to create thousands of permanent houses in three to five years.
Re-Volt Pay-as-you-go-Solar Market Validation Phase
Re-Volt is an off-grid utility that provides a highly efficient, reliable, full direct-current (DC), pay-as-you-go solar powered energy service to Haiti’s residents at affordable prices. The project seeks to strengthen the development of the technology and concomitant product offering.
Kreyol Essence Haiti Castor Project
The purpose of this project is to help develop Kreyol Essence’s portfolio of Castor Oil beauty products for the export market. The project has a potential to create over 400 jobs in the next three years, and export beauty products around the world.
The Jamaica Urban Ornamental Fish Cluster
The Jamaica Urban Ornamental Fish Cluster currently consists of approximately 170 relatively small, mostly home-based aquaculture farms located primarily in urban communities in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon. The Cluster is led by The Competitiveness Company, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Kingston that has been its main driver, marketer and advocate, over at least the past five years.
The project will strengthen the legislative framework to improve access to finance and streamline the business registration and bankruptcy process in Jamaica in order to improve the business climate.
This project will support the implementation of strategies for expansion of the Medical Tourism Industry in Jamaica.
This project financed the design and implementation of Jamaica’s Investment Forum (JIF), which included identification of sectors that were attractive for FDI and a methodology for attracting and securing investors. As a result of the JIF, allegedly over 3000 jobs have been created in Jamaica.
Strengthening Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the ICT/BPO Industry through Physical and Virtual Incubation
The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in Jamaica is deemed as a priority industry and the Government of Jamaica has speared no effort in seeking to improve the business environment through policies and strategies, in order to maintain the competitiveness and viability of the sector.
Local Economic Development in Treasure Beach
This initiative will allow Treasure Beach to capitalize on its economic potential by leveraging targeted tourism activities and associated business opportunities. The project focuses on developing the tourism potential of treasure beach and creating the linkages with other sectors necessary to elevate the economic conditions of the community and develop a unique brand of Tourism for Jamaica.
St Kitts & Nevis
The project aims to expand the market of attractive eco-friendly handbags artisanally manufactured in the island of Nevis. It also seeks to enhance the traditional weaving and modern design skills of its labor force (at-risk women and youth within the island).
Strengthening Public-Private Dialogue in Saint Lucia
The project has assisted the government in creating the National Council for Productivity and Competitiveness. The project staffed the unit, designed the institutional structure, the M&E framework and the action plan for the short to medium terms. It is also implementing one of the identified reforms – the operationalisation of the commercial division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Lucia.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Strengthening the Institutional Framework and Building Capacity for Investment Attraction in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
This project aims to address the country’s decline in status as a trading nation since 1990 by proposing a strategic framework that is designed to enhance the global competitiveness of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in keeping with the themes of the National Economic Social and Development Plan (NESDP, 2010-2025). It is anticipated that the outputs of this note will contribute towards economic growth, increase export earnings, increased gross domestic product (GDP) and a reduction in the country.
Framework for the Implementation of the Secure Transactions Regime for Movable Assets in Suriname
Support a framework and implementation of Secured Transactions in Suriname including the establishment of a collateral registry.
This project is focused on helping the cluster to develop sustainable tourism in the Upper Suriname River region of Suriname. The project aims to develop the internal capacity and design tourism products to offer a compelling, high value and high quality tourism experience centered on the unique Maroon community and culture.
Framework for Private Sector Development in Suriname
Support to the office of the Vice Chancellor has facilitated the creation of the Suriname Competitiveness Unit to support the Suriname Business Forum, which has increased public-private dialogue on private sector development in the country. The staff have been hired, trained and equipped. With project assistance the Forum has agreed on a comprehensive competitiveness program for Suriname to be implemented over the medium term and has new legislation in place to support this.
Trinidad & Tobago
Public-Private Partnerships have been tried in Trinidad and Tobago before, but this project systematises the process for the first time and pilots PPPs in health and education as a way of bringing private sector efficiencies into the delivery of public services.
The Government established the Economic Development Board and the Council for Competitiveness and Innovation in 2011. Through the project the technical unit which serves both these entities has increased its technical expertise and capacity. The unit has been able to undertake sector studies, innovation surveys and study the innovation system in the country so as to better inform the development of innovation policy.
Strengthening the Financial Sector Regulatory and Supervisory Framework in Trinidad and Tobago
In order to build on the recommendations of an IMF Financial Sector Assessment Program Report for Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Finance used this project to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges facing the financial system structure in T&T, particularly in light of the CLICO financial crisis. Expertise were also engaged to produce policies, regulations and legislation to support the regulation of the insurance, banking, credit union and mutual fund sectors.
Teleios Systems Ltd Quik Worx Global Rollout
The project will help Teleios, a software services company, to continue the development work of Quik Worx, a proprietary software tool that enables non-technical business process owners to automate business processes. The project will support the enhancement of QW’s functionality and improve the quality assurance process to ensure international quality standards and robustness. In addition, the project will develop the marketing strategy and partners’ program for the marketing and distribution of QW, initially in Trinidad and Tobago, regionally and then globally.
Harmonized OECS Spectrum Planning and Management
Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF)