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January 11, 2018

Mesopartner @ Work

Business Support Organization's foster cluster development in the Carribean

The consortium of Mesopartner PartG and SISTME was selected by the Compete Caribbean Program to assess and strengthen the capabilities of ten (10) selected Business Support Organizations (BSOs) from eight (8) small vulnerable island states (Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to promote clusters.

The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) is a private sector development program. We work with a broad mix private, public and not-for-profit organisation to deliver innovative and practical solutions that stimulate economic growth, increase productivity and foster innovation and competitiveness. Our projects are executed in thirteen (13) countries across the Caribbean region. CCPF is jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Development Bank.

The consultancy has started on November 15th, 2017 and will end in March 2018. It is planned that the consultants support a self-assessment of the BSOs and develop cluster promotion capacity building. Each BSO should be enabled to identify and promote two new clusters. Therefore, the consultants will analyse the already accumulated knowledge of the BSOs in cluster promotion and transfer internationally proven techniques and methodologies of cluster intelligence. The upgrading of existing cooperation networks and the cluster-to-cluster collaboration will be a special focus of these activities.

It is expected that the involvement and cooperation of well-established BSOs will give cluster development in the Caribbean a significant push. Also, the collaboration of different BSOs at the national and regional level will increase networking and knowledge flows to strengthen critical institutions for sustainable development. At the end of the consultancy, each BSO should be promoting at least two (2) additional clusters, and the Caribbean clusters should be much more interconnected to increase together the competitiveness of the whole Caribbean region. 

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