Saint Lucia Competitiveness and Action Plan

The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) and the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) will partner to undertake the project “Saint Lucia Competitiveness Agenda & Action Plan”.  The purpose of this technical assistance will be to foster competitiveness, productivity and innovation in Saint Lucia.

The project has the objective to enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness, and foster sustainable economic growth in Saint Lucia.  The project will define a National Competitiveness Agenda that reflects consensus between the public and private sectors and civil society; build capacity within key institutions such as NCPC and the Department of Innovation; and support the implementation of priority business climate reforms detailed in the Agenda.

This project deepens the successful partnership that the Government of St Lucia and Compete Caribbean have cultivated to improve competitiveness and the Country’s business climate. During phase 1 of Compete Caribbean, this partnership produced the NCPC and the Commercial Court.

“The Compete Caribbean Program is one of the best initiatives implemented in recent times, it has the potential to transform and enhance the region’s competitiveness. St. Lucia benefited from funding assistance from CCPF through the establishment of the NCPC. Since then, issues surrounding productivity have taken centre stage.” said Fiona Hinkson, Executive Director of NCPC.

Dr. Sylvia Dohnert of Compete Caribbean reflecting on the organization’s support to Saint Lucia explained that “Compete Caribbean is much more than providing financing for projects. We are about dialogue with national stakeholders to promote improvements to the approach to private sector development; supporting transformative reforms; and establishing and strengthening institutions capable of sustaining the change momentum beyond Compete.  We appreciate working with the Government of Saint Lucia because a strong partnership is a prerequisite to, and the most critical ingredient for, the success of any Compete-supported initiative”.

This assistance will be funded by  the Inter-American Development Bank through the Compete Caribbean Facility in the amount of USD200,000; and by the Government of St Lucia that will provide contributions in cash and kind of US$140,000.


The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council was established with the aim to  identify the key issues related to competitiveness and productivity in St. Lucia as well as provide timely and effective recommendations to policy makers, private sector and other stakeholders. The council intends to do this through research, broad based stakeholder consultations, providing technical assistance, coordinating and assisting in strategies that will enhance and sustain Saint Lucia´s  productivity and competitiveness.

 

The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) is a private sector development facility that delivers innovative and practical solutions that stimulate economic growth, increase productivity and foster innovation and competitiveness. We work in 13 countries across the Caribbean region. CCPF is a partnership between the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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Celebrating 39 years of Independence- Happy Anniversary Saint Lucia!

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” – Brigham Young

I Am Saint Lucia’, the theme chose for Saint Lucia’s 39th independence anniversary, is one which evokes feelings of pride and patriotism. It calls us to re-examine what it means to be Saint Lucian. It calls us, the ‘Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia’ to ‘love the land that gave us birth.’

As we celebrate 39 years of independence under the theme ‘I Am Saint Lucia’, the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council extends warm and patriotic wishes to the Government and People of Saint Lucia.

Happy Independence Day Saint Lucia!

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Call for Research Proposals

Call for Research Proposals- Reducing the Gender Gap

In 2016, Compete Caribbean conducted research into how the gender composition of ownership and management affected firm performance in the Caribbean. This research suggested that women-owned firms are significantly smaller, less likely demand credit from financial institution, less likely to take advantage of technical assistance and more likely to perceive access to finance as an obstacle to their businesses.

To this effect, the overarching objective of this call for papers is to stimulate original analytical pieces focused on why women-owned firms in the Caribbean face these challenges.

Find out more about the call for proposals and apply here.

 

NCPC and Celestial Self Development Centre Partner to Enhance Local Productivity

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Participants at the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity Workshop- Nov. 2017

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Eileen Gillard got it right when she said, ‘Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity […] and these in turn rely on the education of our people.’

The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC), the local body tasked with ensuring that the optimum conditions exist to facilitate an environment of maximum productivity and competitiveness and continued economic growth, remains committed to partnering with organizations which not only understand the importance of but are also invested in the Council’s mandate.

 In elaborating the Work Programme for the 2017-2018 period, the Council identified capacity building as critical component to improving employee productivity and ultimately the quality of service and the output in both the public and private sectors. Similarly it was agreed that investing in the training and development of employees would be key in achieving the mindset change necessary to advance the productivity and competitiveness agenda locally and ultimately encourage sustainable economic growth.

Consequently, when the NCPC Technical Secretariat was approached by the team from Celestial Self Development Centre, the Eastern Caribbean Franchisee for Franklin Covey, to partner to offer the critically acclaimed 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity Workshop in Saint Lucia, the decision was simple.

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, one of the many solutions offered by Franklin Covey, is aimed at empowering individuals by allowing them to “be more selective, and make high-impact choices about how and where they choose to invest their time, attention and energy.”

The one-day workshop which was held at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay on Wednesday, November 29, was attended by nine (9) participants from the public and private sector; of which three (3) were from the Department of Finance.

In opening the session, Programme Facilitator and experience trainer Mrs. Thecla Deterville informed that the focus during the 5 Choices training would not be on getting things done but rather getting the right things done. She said, ‘It is so easy to get inundated with activities which have little or no return. The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity is about finding the delicate balance between the important and unimportant activities. Today, we are going to learn how to make the right choices for maximum results in all aspects of our lives.’

Throughout the day, participants had an opportunity to define what extraordinary productivity meant to them from both a professional and personal standpoint, while engaging in lively discussions and exercises and sharing experiences and best practices.

The day ended with each participant sharing on what their key take-away was from the activity.

Donna Louis, Human Resource Officer in the Department of Finance, indicated that the workshop had left her with a renewed appreciation for the importance of living above the noise. She said, ‘Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks, Don’t Sort the Gravel is very important in my role as HRO. I am looking forward to applying the concepts learnt here today to identify the tasks which are not only important but yield the maximum output. Training like this 5 Choices Programme makes all the difference in helping to change mindsets and dispel the notion that being busy is equivalent to being productive. I look forward to immediately applying what I learnt here today and helping to change the way things are done in not only my department but within the public service.’

Since 2016, Celestial Self Development Centre has hosted the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity in Saint Lucia. This recent collaboration with the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council is testimony to the organization’s commitment to addressing the state of productivity in Saint Lucia.

Compete Caribbean Extends Call for Cluster Proposals

New Deadline- November 15th, 2017

Call for Cluster Proposals

If you are a group of 3 or more firms willing to collaborate on a joint project, this initiative may be for you! This call for proposals aims to fund cluster initiatives that can help Caribbean firms to grow, generate employment and export to new markets.

Please note that although Compete Caribbean can fund a limited number of cluster projects based on the decision of the independent panel of experts, an additional panel of carefully selected donors, bankers and private investors will be invited to join the final pitch session as observers.
The individuals participating in this process will be required to conduct their duty with high ethical standards, disclose any potential conflict of interests, and sign a confidentiality agreement.
UPDATED DEADLINE: November 15th, 2017.