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1 A project funded by the European Union and the Islands of Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines ICT Projects in the Eastern Caribbean Region Roshan Seebaluck Team Leader / Business Incubation Expert IBM (Belgium) / Integra Dr Cletus Bertin ICT Capacity Building Expert

2 AGENDA EU Funded Projects - ICT EU-SFA 2005 ICT Project - 3 Windward Is. ITBT & Mgt Programme - St Vincent ICT4EDC - St Kitts IE through use of ICT - St.Kitts 6 CBIA - Regional Incubator Network 7 CBIA - The Way Forward

3 EU SFA 2005 Project Project EU SFA 2005 Objective To support the governments of the three islands Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines (Eastern Caribbean Region) to implement their national SFA 2005 programmes in order to foster economic diversification. (Agriculture to ICT Sector) Budget allocation (EU Funding): Dominica - EUR 4.51M, Grenada - EUR 0.5 M St. Vincent and the Grenadines - EUR 4.53 M

4 EU SFA 2005 Project Regional Management Office (RMO) ( ) 1) Support and assistance to individual country level project initiatives; 2) Regional coordination; and 3) Short-term demand-driven Technical Assistance to the National Authorising Officer (NAO) and implementing agencies.

5 EU SFA 2005 Project No Components Dominica Grenada St Vincent & Grenadines 1 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), e-business Strategy, Leadership and Awareness Development (PE) (PE) 2 Business skills development and e-business incubators Grant Contract Service contract Service contract 3 Capacity-building (PE) (PE) 4 Construction and establishment of a national ICT training and incubator Facility (work and supplies contract) 5 Legislative and Regulatory Framework (PE) Service contract (PE) 6 Business-oriented e-government Initiatives (PE) (PE) 7 Networking and experience-sharing (RMO)

6 Overview of Components 1. ICT, e-business Strategy, Leadership & Awareness Development i. Evidence-based: UNDESA Model ii. National ICT Policy and Sectoral Strategies (Government, Tourism, Education, Agriculture & ICT Sector) iii. Policy/Decision Maker sensitization iv.broad based sensitization (Internet Fiesta, ICT Fest., Ongoing Media Campaign)

7 Overview of Components 3.Capacity Building: i. Training Needs Assessment ii. Basic Skills Development: Adults iii. Skills Enhancement: Small/Rural Businesses iv.ict Curriculum: Primary & Secondary v. Teacher Training: ICDL, etc. vi.school ICT Infrastructure Upgrades

8 Overview of Components 5. Legislative & Regulatory i. Electronic Transactions ii. Electronic Evidence iii. Computer Misuse iv.privacy and Data Protection v. Freedom of Information vi.interception of Communications

9 Overview of Components 6. Business Oriented E-Government i. Land Registry ii. Commerce & Intellectual Property Office iii. Agricultural Market Information System iv. Government Procurement v. Institutional Strengthening: E-Govt. Unit vi. Website Launch and Promotion of Portal

10 EU ICT Project Project :- Information Technology Based Training and Management Programme Island :- St Kitts Implementing Agency :- Ministry of Education, Youth, Social & Community Budget :- EUR 3.18 M Project Duration :- 5 yrs ( ) Objective :- The 9th EDF-funded Information Technology (IT) Based Training and Management Project aims to implement IT institutional development and training programmes at the tertiary and continuing education levels in St. Kitts and Nevis

11 EU ICT Project Project :- Information and Communication Technology for Improved Education Island :- St Kitts & Nevis Implementing Agency :- Ministry of Social Development Budget :- EUR 2.6 M Project Duration :- 4 yrs ( ) Objective :-To foster the diversification and competitiveness of the economy. development of a vibrant and sustainable IT-sector in the country through: an increased adoption of ICTs by the strategic sectors (such as agro-processing, SMEs, tourism, financial services, etc); a developed ICT service industry; empowerment of social groups, communities, and individuals and support for an ICT driven public sector reform.

12 EU ICT Project Project :- Improvement of Education Through the use of Information Communication Technology Island :- St Vincent and the Grenadines Implementing Agency :- Ministry of Education Budget :- EUR 12.1 M Project Duration :- 4 yrs ( ) Objective :- To develop human resources in SVG through sustainable provision of learning opportunities and to build capacity

13 World Bank Infodev Incubator Network

14 InfoDev s Global Network of Business Incubators 72 projects REDLAC / RELAPI Middle East North Africa (MENA) Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) African Incubator Network (AIN) Asia and Pacific incubator Source : InfoDev

15 REDLAC \ RELAPI Latin America and Caribbean Network (InfoDev) Mexico - Technology Based Business Incubator (IEBT), University of Guadalajara (2) Costa Rica - Comisión Asesora en Alta Tecnología de Costa Rica (CAATEC) - (2) Panama - City of Knowledge Foundation (3) Ecuador - Incoval, Emprender, Stratega Bds, Ecuadorian Network of Incubators, Ministry of Production, and Foundation E.dúcate (2) Bolivia - Bolivian ICT Incubator and Contest Quipus Cultural Foundation (2)) Peru - Centro de Innovación y Desarrollo de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (3) Chile - Fundación para la Transferencia Tecnológica (3) Dominican Republic - Cyberpark of Santo Domingo (2) Colombia (a) Innovar and Incubadora Parquesoft - (3) (b) Corporación para el Desarrollo de Tunía (Corpotunía) (1) Brazil (2) (a) Minas Gerais Incubators Network Information and Communication Technology Program, (Rede Mineira de Incubadoras); (b) Technological Incubator of Popular Cooperatives of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; (c) Genesis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Action (d) ANPROTEC (2) 1 - Planning Grant 2 - Capacity Building Grant 3 - Operational Grant Uruguay - Ingenio Incubadora de empresas (LATU ORT) (3) Paraguay - Fundación Enlace (1) Source: InfoDev

16 Caribbean Business Incubation Association (CBIA)

17 MISSION To promote and foster business incubation in the Eastern Caribbean states..

18 AIM 1) To promote business incubation, and, to work towards the advancement of the business incubation industry in the Eastern Caribbean 2) To drive & guide the development of business incubators by providing :- i. Tools ii. Capacity building programme iii. Networks

19 TASKS 1) Policy, Regulatory & Advocacy a) Facilitate institutional and political dialogue b) Collaborate with policy makers and stakeholders to set National Incubation policy c) Protect the rights of incubators and establish support structure d) Lobby the interest of incubators / incubatees 2) Networking & Events 3) Training & Marketing (Group) 4) Research on Business incubation / publication 5) Best Practices on Business Incubation 6) Development of Business Incubators

20 TASKS (Contd..) 8) Ongoing assessment and evaluation of business incubators 9) Membership 10)National Incubator Awards (recognition)

21 CBIA Membership Policy makers Private sector Education / Universities OECS CBIA Membership Semi govt bodies CSME Business Incubators NGOs, others

22 Next steps a) Membership from the Caribbean partners 1. St Vincent and the Grenadines 2. Dominica 3. Grenada 4. Jamaica 5. Antigua and Barbuda 6. Trinidad, West Indies 7. Montserrat 8. St Lucia 9. St Kitts 10. Barbados

23 Next steps a) To define the ToR and draft the constitution of CBIA b) To determine CBIA s Governance, and, organisational /operational structure c) Gain Funding (submitted proposal to the World Bank InfoDev 14 th April 2008) d) Sustainability & funding ( Donor agencies EU, World Bank, OECS, CDB, CIDA, ECCB)

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