Caribbean business support organisations strengthened

| February 26, 2013

2nd Regional Trade Information Training Programme to
Strengthen the Regions Business Support Organisations

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 25, 2013.  Over twenty five (25) Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region are expected to participate in a regional workshop aimed at building their institutional capacities for delivering enhanced trade information services to their respective private sectors.

This will be achieved through delivery of the 2nd Regional Trade Information Training Programme and Data Processing and Collection Mechanisms Training from 25th February to 2nd March 2013 at the Hotel Magna 365 (formerly Hotel Nacional) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This workshop is conducted by Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) under the EU funded 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme in partnership with the International Trade Centre, Geneva.

The overall objective of the programme is to build capacity within the BSOs for providing enhanced trade information services such as business intelligence analysis, data collection and processing.

David Gomez, CEDA

David Gomez, Caribbean Export’s manager for trade and export development. Photo courtesy

This initiative is part of a wider programme of increasing the competitiveness of the regional private sector and involves the development of a regional market intelligence portal and the formation of management structures at the national and regional levels that would allow for more effective engagement of the private sector by BSOs based on the trade information needs for SMEs that have been identified.

According to David Gomez, Manager – Trade and Export Development at Caribbean Export, “The programme has been strengthened but maintains an integrated approach that aims to provide technical competence for utilizing readily available tools for providing trade information services and builds on that through the combined provision of specialized training to build capacity for managing data sources and organization of BSOs at the national level into trade information networks.”

Gomez further added that it continues to be “… important for the initiative to be understood within the broader context of the programme of private sector development being undertaken by Caribbean Export and that it is only one in a number of programmes and initiatives that have been refined and that will be made available over the next few years.”

The Regional Trade Information Training Programme will cover topics that help to improve trade information services through better management performance and knowledge of information sources; improve information research services through better knowledge of information research tools and techniques; and deal with issues relevant to establishing a regional trade information network within CARIFORUM and including mechanisms for information exchange.

For this, the 2nd Regional Workshop, the agenda has been shortened to six days (instead of eight) and features a couple of new sessions on external trade information sources which augment the regional trade and market intelligence portal being developed by Caribbean Export that is expected to launch shortly.

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