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.

 

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Are You Ready to Reach Extraordinary Productivity? – Sign Up for the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity Work Session

The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) has partnered with Celestial Self Development Centre, franchise owner of FranklinCovey East Caribbean to celebrate Saint Lucia Productivity Awareness Week by hosting a 1-Day 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity work-session.

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The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity process measurably increases productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations. Participants make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention, and energy. The programme is designed to provide the in-depth skills, knowledge, and attitudes that allow individual contributors, teams, and organizations to be able to identify, validate, and act on what’s most important. It inspires participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

This time and life management workshop will help participants focus on how to get the right things done. This discernment enables them to make wiser decisions, harness technology to enhance workflow, and put their finest attention and energy on executing what matters most.

This is what participants have to say about this training programme

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The workshop takes place on October 25th 2017 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay. The program cost US$850 per participant. The cost includes, a Pre and Post Assessment, Participant’s Workshop Materials as well as break and lunch. The more participants you register, the more you save! 

Work-session Objectives:

v  Understand the key productivity problems of the 21st century.

v  Articulate the language and methodology of ‘discerning’ important from less important.

v  Structure what extraordinary looks like in your current, most important roles.  

v  Implement weekly and daily planning processes to identify, schedule and execute on high-impact priorities.

v  Explore how to manage appointments, tasks, contacts, notes and documents.

v  Apply demonstrated Outlook or Lotus Notes ‘master moves’ and planning system to align your technology.

v  Understand the impact of brain health and the 5 Energy Drivers on day-to-day performance

v  Put together a process for implementing the 5 Choices

The Process:

The 5 Choices process includes a Pre-assessment, which gives participants an opportunity to examine their level of productivity;  a one-day work session, where participants learn how to apply the 5 choices; a 5-Week Quick Start Action Plan to ensure skills, language, and behaviors are practiced and become part of the day-to-day culture; a Post-Assessment, and Report Session 5 weeks after the workshop to share their success stories and give concrete examples of improved productivity.

CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits according are awarded to all those who participate in this world-class seminar according to the number of instructional hours associated with the program.

Are you ready to reach Extraordinary Productivity?

Complete the registration form Registration Form and return to celestial@candw.lc.

A Call To Empower Human Resources for Greater Productivity

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As part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness and cultivate a greater sensitivity towards productivity and competitiveness among Saint Lucians, the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NCPC) of Saint Lucia is getting set to host its fourth annual Productivity Awareness Week (PAW) from October 16 to 20 under the theme: ‘Empowering Human Resources for Greater Productivity.’

According to Executive Director of the NCPC, Mrs. Fiona Hinkson, this year’s activities will focus on reinforcing the importance of investing in the human resource as means of enhancing productivity as this ultimately impacts Saint Lucia’s competitiveness and economic growth.

“Human capital is a firm’s greatest asset. By investing in the capacity and ability of employees, companies are able to drastically improve employee performance and productivity. A critical component in addressing the productivity and competitiveness challenges that we continue face, is ensuring that we are able to adapt to the ever-changing environment by equipping our employees with the necessary skillset to face these challenges. Training and development is the first step towards developing employees who are competent, productive and solution-oriented. We are happy to start this process by working with the Public Sector this year for Productivity Awareness Week.”

The highlight of Productivity Awareness Week will be three days of workshops drawing employees at all levels across the various Ministries and Departments within the public sector. This training will run from Monday, October 16 to Wednesday, October 18 at the Finance Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine.

Participants will tackle the theme of Emotional Intelligence on Days 1 and 2 in a workshop entitled, “Enhancing Productivity Using Emotional Intelligence.” These sessions will be co-ordinated by Trainer and Psychologist, Ms. Constance-Ann Akuffo-Paul of Employee Assistance Solutions.

Day 3 will be facilitated by local Human Resource and Business Consultancy and licensed facilitator of the FranklinCovey franchise in the Eastern Caribbean, Celestial Self Development Centre. The areas of Delegation, Employee Engagement and Motivation will be covered in a workshop coined Building a Highly Empowered Workforce through Effective Delegation.”

The training exercises for the week will develop and build on some of the core skills which are critical to job performance. The attitudes and current practices among participants will be assessed with a view towards improving the employee efficiency.

The NCPC recognises the importance of productivity as an issue of national importance and has issued a wider call to the private sector and individuals to use Productivity Awareness Week as an opportunity to reflect on ways in which they can empower themselves for greater productivity.

 About the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC)

Established in October 2013, The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) is responsible for the identification of key issues related to competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia.

The NCPC and its Technical Secretariat is committed to providing the necessary advocacy and research to produce timely and effective recommendations to policymakers on issues that affect both competitiveness and productivity on island. For more information about productivity or on the NCPC, visit www.stluciancpc.org; www.facebook.com/stluciancpc, call 468-2592/2591/1587 or send an e-mail to stluciancpc@gmail.com

Celestial Self Development Centre Collaborates with the NCPC to Celebrate Productivity Awareness Week

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Move your team “Beyond Effectiveness” and help them learn how to survive, thrive, and excel at making intentional and consistent high value decisions!

Celestial Self Development Centre, franchise owner of FranklinCovey East Caribbean has partnered with National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) to celebrate Saint Lucia Productivity Awareness Week (PAW) by hosting a 1-Day 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity work-session.

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity process measurably increases productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations. Participants make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention, and energy. The programme is designed to provide the in-depth skills, knowledge, and attitudes that allow individual contributors, teams, and organizations to be able to identify, validate, and act on what’s most important. It inspires participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

This time and life management workshop will help participants to make wiser decisions, harness technology to enhance workflow, and put their attention and energy on executing what matters most.

The workshop takes place on October 25th 2017 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay.

PAW is slated for October 16th – 22nd, 2017 and will focus on enhancing human capacity in the form of the knowledge and skills acquisition that ultimately affect performance and have a huge bearing on productivity.

Celestial SDC has had the privilege of conducting the 5 Choices work-session for organizations in the; Financial, Hospitality and Healthcare sectors.

The program will be co-facilitated by Geraldine Lendor-Gabriel and Ms. Thecla Deterville, licensed FranklinCovey Facilitators, East Caribbean.

For more information or to register contact Celestial SDC at 1(758)453-1924 / celestial@candw.lc

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NCPC Hosts 4th Productivity Awareness Week 2017

Building an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the importance of competitiveness and productivity to our economic well-being is one of the key mandates of the NCPC.

Every year, for Productivity Awareness Week (held during the month of October) the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) co-ordinates activities aimed at raising awareness of productivity and encouraging initiatives that lead to productivity enhancement.

Productivity Awareness Week will be observed from October 16th- 20th, 2017, under the theme, Empowering Human Resources for Greater Productivity.

The focus for PAW 2017 will be enhancing/developing human capacity through the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will improve employee performance with a view towards enhancing productivity.

To find out more about Productivity Awareness Week and the work of the NCPC.  Find us on Facebook;  http://www.fb.com/stluciancpc or visit our website; http://www.stluciancpc.org .

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ECCU, OECS and Dept. of Finance Host Dialogue on Growth Action Plan in Saint Lucia

Against a bleak global backdrop characterized by slow to stagnant economic growth, members of the ECCU and ECCB converged on St. Kitts and Nevis during March for the Inaugural Growth Dialogue aimed at addressing the economic decline in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) over the past two decades.

The forum which was held under the theme, “Working Together to Achieve Higher and More Inclusive Growth in the ECCU” afforded Social Partners the opportunity to directly engage the Monetary Council of the ECCB and other key development partners (namely OECS, World Bank, CDB) on the issue of economic growth and development, by identifying key challenges which they presently face and pinpointing opportunities which should be prioritized as part of the Growth Action Plan.

In his overview on the performance of the ECCU, ECCB Governor Timothy Antoine, highlighted the slow   economic growth of the ECCU and noted that it was an opportune time for the region to collectively “ defend our vital economic interests and advance the well-being of our people [,] especially our youth.”

The Dialogue on the ECCU Growth Action Plan, which was held in Saint Lucia on  September 5 as a  follow-up to the Growth Dialogue held in March sought to solidify the Growth Action plan by reaching a consensus on key regional and more particularly national action points that will address growth challenges and promote further economic growth, competitiveness and employment within the ECCU.

Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Senator the Honourable Dr. Raymond commended the ECCB and the OECS for initiating and spearheading this timely discussion on economic growth within the sub-region. He said,

 

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Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Senator the Hon. Dr. Ubaldus Raymond

“This one-day consultation on growth, though small, is a critical element of a broader strategy on achieving greater, sustainable growth within the ECCU.  […]

Saint Lucia, and by extension the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union is at a critical juncture in its history, particularly on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past, and a future filled with uncertainty occasioned by, inter alia, de-risking, more frequent and extreme weather events, and geopolitical developments such as Brexit. In this moment, it is imperative that our leaders both locally and regionally, band together and find common cause, stand tall and take decisive and collective action to protect our economic interests and advance the well-being of our people. “

 

Similar national consultations are scheduled to be held across the ECCU during the month of September. The ECCU and the OECS Commission will work with national focal points to host these interventions which will bring together a network of policymakers, youth leaders and activists, private and public sector representatives, civil society organization representatives and  religious bodies to name a few.

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Participants at Dialogue on the ECCU Growth Action Plan

Enhancing the Business and Innovation Climate: Dialogue Facilitating Private Sector Development and Economic Growth

An initiative has begun in St. Lucia to determine what sectors, policies and regulations could spur St. Lucia’s competitiveness and drive inclusive long term economic growth.

The Dialogue for Private Sector Development and Economic Growth held on July 27th at the Finance Administrative Centre was driven and facilitated by Compete Caribbean through its local focal point the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council. 

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Attendees of Dialogue for Private Sector Development and Economic Growth

In his address Minister for Finance Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, noted the timeliness of the initiative coming as St. Lucia lagged behind in productivity and innovation.

He lamented that “Unfortunately, St. Lucia is no longer ranked first place in the region in the World Bank’s Doing Business indicators. This situation is further compounded by low levels of productivity and innovation, as well as lack of competitiveness”.

The Minister noted that government has been working on a Private Sector Development Strategy and a National Export Strategy in its efforts to stimulate economic growth.

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L-R – Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Ms. Michelle Charles (DPS Education),  Dr. Sylvia Dohnert (Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility) and Lisa Harding (CDB)

Dr. Raymond added that “The Government is therefore committed to leading the process by creating the enabling environment which will support private sector-led growth. This support will be channelled through the NCPC and other agencies of government in collaboration with our development partners such as Compete Caribbean”.

Mrs. Fiona Hinkson of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council detailed the successes of the NCPC in advancing the island’s competitiveness and noted her organisation’s readiness to facilitate the dialogue.

The NCPC Executive Director expounded on the functions of her organisation noting that “We actively research on factors and principles of productivity and competitiveness in order to inform policy, project design, and dissemination of key indicators”.

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Mrs. Fiona Hinkson – Executive Director, NCPC

Dr. Sylvia Dohnert, the Executive Director of Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility said this private sector development program has agreed to fund three projects that will lead to meaningful reform or the institutional strengthening needed for business growth in St. Lucia. Similar offers are being made to other OECS States.

She noted that one call for proposals “is at the national level in each country and is about a policy or regulatory reform or institutional strengthening projects that St. Lucia wants Compete Caribbean to fund.”

The Compete Caribbean Program was launched in 2011, with a view to increasing productivity and stimulating private sector development in region. Building upon the successes of Phase 1, Phase II (2017-2020), funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Caribbean Development Bank is intended to further facilitate private sector development and economic growth in the region.

The second call for proposals targets clusters with bias towards job creation. Dr. Dohnert described clusters as “groups of firms that do things together. In the first phase of COMPETE Caribbean we found them to be very powerful, over 5000 jobs were created through 8 clusters that we supported”.

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Dr. Sylvia Dohnert- Executive Director, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility

A deadline of August 31st has been set for the receipt of submissions. Proposals for clusters can be submitted directly to Compete Caribbean (competecaribbean@iadb.org).  Proposals for policy or regulatory reform and institutional strengthening should be forwarded to the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council:

The Executive Director,

National Competitiveness and Productivity Council,

4th Floor, Finance Administrative Centre

Pointe Seraphine

Castries, Saint Lucia

Further details can be obtained by downloading the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility Call for Proposals  or from the NCPC via e-mail stluciancpc@gmail.com or telephone 468-1587.