OECS CBU to assist 40 agro-processing MSMEs in Dominica

The OECS Competitive Business Unit (OECS-CBU) has partnered with the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to provide technical assistance and capacity building to 40 Dominican micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Dominica.

For the next 24 months, the organisations will be executing the “Enhancing the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Agro-processors in Dominica” project through Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network, a department of the OECS-CBU.

So far, the CDB has contributed US$140,000 to the project while the OECS-CBU and DYBT have provided in-kind contribution of US$70,000.

“The OECS-CBU will be working in close collaboration with the DYBT, which initially conceptualised the project for its implementation in Dominica, and hopes to replicate this project in at least one other the OECS Member States,” a release from the regional intergovernmental body states

“Dominican agro-processing MSMEs are invited to participate in this project by completing registration forms Further information will be available on the OECS and DYBT websites and Facebook pages.”

Out of the 40 MSMEs, the partner organisations expect that 25 will demonstrate export potential and 15 will be start-up agro-processing enterprises.

The participants will receive training and technical assistance be through a series of group workshops, followed by customised in-plant training and capacity building; laboratory testing of products; and a training attachment at an established agro-processing company in an OECS Member State.

Following the training MSMEs should be able to incorporate good manufacturing practices in their operations; develop and implement profitable costing and pricing strategies for their products; undertake product development for at least one existing or new product; and improve the  Packaging and Labelling of their products.

The project will also explore, through research, the feasibility of establishing multi-purpose agro-processing facility in Dominica.