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Call for Cluster Proposals – Results

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.

CountryProject NameProject DescriptionLead Institution
SurinamePromotion & Enchancement fo the North Commewijne Tourism DestinationThis project intends to strengthen community-based tourism in the area of North Commewijne, SurinameACCESS SURINAME TRAVEL
BelizeBelize Shrimp Biosecurity Aquaculture Zone ManagementThe project will improve the performance and predictability of shrimp production in Belize.Belize Shrimp Growers’ Association (BSGA)
JamaicaDigitization 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.
JamaicaPepper Supply ChainThis project is aimed at expanding the capacity of the pepper supply chain (farmers) in Jamaica.Grace Agro Processors (GAP)
GrenadaNorth East Cluster GrenadaThe 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
JamaicaJBU Grow Castor Bean ProjectThe Grow Castor Bean initiative seeks to develop new castor-oil products within sustainable community development.Jamaica Baptist Union
SurinameSuriname High Value Natural Products ClusterThe project is aimed at supporting implementation of the cluster’s export promotion plan targeting Europe and North America.Suriname Candied Fruits NV
BelizeSix 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).
For more information on clusters, see our cluster (FAQs).