In November 2017, Compete Caribbean closed a competition for clusters projects across the region, which received 91 applications. Following a thorough, systematic and difficult evaluation process, the following eight finalists have been invited to pitch their project before an independent panel of judges on Friday, January 19th, 2018 from 8:30 am.
Contingent on receiving written permission from the finalists, these presentations will be live-streamed Compete Caribbean’s Facebook page.
Here is an overview of the eight finalists who will be pitching on Friday.
|Country||Project Name||Project Description||Lead Institution|
|Suriname||Promotion & Enchancement fo the North Commewijne Tourism Destination||This project intends to strengthen community-based tourism in the area of North Commewijne, Suriname||ACCESS SURINAME TRAVEL|
|Belize||Belize Shrimp Biosecurity Aquaculture Zone Management||The project will improve the performance and predictability of shrimp production in Belize.||Belize Shrimp Growers’ Association (BSGA)|
|Jamaica||Digitization of Jamaica’s Outsourcing industry: Enhancing Business Models and Advancing up the Vertical Value Chain.||This project seeks to strengthen the international competitiveness of Jamaica’s business process outsourcing cluster through adoption and incorporation of technological advances.||Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica Ltd.|
|Jamaica||Pepper Supply Chain||This project is aimed at expanding the capacity of the pepper supply chain (farmers) in Jamaica.||Grace Agro Processors (GAP)|
|Grenada||North East Cluster Grenada||The North East Cluster project is focused on developing Agri-tourism tours and experiences involving persons living in rural communities in the parishes of St. Patrick and St. Andrew.||Hidden Treasures|
|Jamaica||JBU Grow Castor Bean Project||The Grow Castor Bean initiative seeks to develop new castor-oil products within sustainable community development.||Jamaica Baptist Union|
|Suriname||Suriname High Value Natural Products Cluster||The project is aimed at supporting implementation of the cluster’s export promotion plan targeting Europe and North America.||Suriname Candied Fruits NV|
|Belize||Six small indigenous tourism enterprises in Toledo, Belize.||Enhancing the profile, competitiveness, marketability, profitability and sustainability of the products and services offered in these remote indigenous communities to meet international standards.||Toledo Institute for Development and Environment|
The evaluation is a systematic 5-step process, based on Compete Caribbean’s Cluster Evaluation Framework™ which integrates criteria inspired by the MECE principle (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive).
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