February 08, 2017
Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Constructive Solutions Inc. (CS Inc.) has been selected as the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) country hub in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Both entities recently signed an MOU outlining the terms and conditions of the partnership. CS Inc’s overall role is to be the in-country point of contact for SVG’s green tech entrepreneurs to benefit from the CCIC’s programmes.
CCIC is the premier enabler for Caribbean green tech entrepreneurs’ entry into global markets while creating a cleaner and safer environment through innovation in the Caribbean. It is a consortium comprising the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago and the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in Jamaica.
The CCIC is one of three pillars of infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), a seven-year programme funded by the Government of Canada through the World Bank. CCIC focuses on five priority areas: renewable energy, water/waste management, sustainable agribusiness, resource use and efficiency, and energy efficiency. CCIC works with established partners, referred to as hubs in each CARICOM country.
Dr. Ashley C. John, Executive Director of C.S.Inc. based in Kingstown, St. Vincent explained that it was a pleasure for his organization to become a partner with the CCIC. CS Inc’s mandate fits very nicely with CCIC’s and any credible programme to further the social and economic development of Vincentians is always a good fit for CS Inc.
The plans for 2017 as CCIC’s hub include the hosting of a CCIC Caribbean GreenTech Boot Camp for entrepreneurs with over three days of learning, mentorship and the opportunity for SVG participants to win grants of up to a total of US$12,000.00.
Additionally the CCIC will be coordinating 2 major programs for the next 6 months, one is the CCIC Accelerator program-cohort 2 and the other is the Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Program (CTEP). Fourteen (14) Caribbean countries are expected to benefit from this initiative. These include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Ashley C. John reiterated that credible partnerships are essential for development. We must be able to work together, joining our specific skills and strengths to help others improve their weaknesses and to achieve their dreams, via coaching and innovative entrepreneurship creation as a viable option.
Armed with the tools, years of experience, achievements and awards across the region since 2010 and guided by the capacity development standards and quality control mechanisms of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL), C.S Inc. promises to help our young potential entrepreneurs and potential workforce to contribute meaningfully to the social and economic capital of this island.