The specific objective of the actions of the Communities for Competitiveness Through Linkages project is to achieve a stable economic growth path based on a well diversified economy with low unemployment and sustained livelihoods in targeted rural communities.
To help select the targeted rural communities (Two) the CTL project hosted an interactive and dynamic consultation on August 6th, 2009 at the Coco Resort Hotel, Rodney Bay Village, from 9:00am - 12:30 pm.
In attendance were representatives from the National Authorizing Office; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU); Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs; Ministry of Social Transformation, Public Service, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports; St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) and the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC).
The objective of the Consultation was for these representatives to share their perspective on the economic potential of St. Lucia's rural communities and to highlight those communities which may benefit most from focused Project intervention. The Chamber through its Competitiveness Through Linkages Project and Business Development Unit will select two rural communities which will be focused on in an effort to stimulate economic activity and generate employment in these areas. This exercise was therefore an invaluable step in providing the foundation for informed decision making.
Mr. Louisy, Project Director, commenced the meeting with an overview of the objective of the exercise. This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Allan Perry, Project Manager detailing the background of the Competitive through Linkages Project, its objectives and it methodology.
Presentations were made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Social Transformation, Public Service, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports; and St Lucia Social Development Fund in an effort to provide insight on the issues which exist in various communities; possible interventions which may be pursued and previous interventions which have been made by other institutions.
Meanwhile the project continues to meet with the individual firms on a one on one basis across the world. Using a consultative and investigative assessment approach, The Competitiveness Through Linkages Project hopes to be in a position to Have the two rural communities by the end of August, 2009.