Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) is a network operated by the Private Sector Development Division (PSDD) of the CDB in cooperation with regional and National institutions, laboratories, industrial enterprises and consultants. CTCS contributes to strengthening private sector capabilities by linking persons who have business and technical experience with businesses requiring consulting advice and assistance. Interventions are carried out under three (3) principal modes:
- Direct Technical Assistance (facilitated by consultants)
- Job Attachments
Since its inception, CTCS has successfully implemented hundreds of training workshops and short-term technical assistance interventions to over 2,000 micro and small entrepreneurs. CTCS also interacted with over 40 national institutions within the BMCs. Several of these institutions, in both the private and public sectors, played very active roles in promoting and providing on-the-ground logistical support, especially in the delivery of workshops. The supporting organisations also took advantage of training activities to expose their own staff, thereby building the national capability to sustain development of the MSME sub-sector.
Read on for more information on the CTCS’ most Recent Interventions.
- Practical, on-the-spot assistance to operations having problems in production, accounting and overall organisation and management.
- Assistance in project planning, appraisal and implementation.
- Assistance in selection of machinery and equipment, and identification of their suppliers.
- Assistance in layout and production flow.
- Assistance in staff training in all disciplines, and quality control applications.
- Assistance in design and implementation of computerised systems and marketing activities.
- Assistance in developing Preventative Maintenance Programmes and General Maintenance.
- Technical Assistance through Regional and National Seminars and Workshops on vital subjects.
- Supply of technical information from CDB’s database as well as from regional and extra-regional databases.
- Information packages and bibliographies in selected fields edited by CTCS.
- Agro-Industry and Fisheries
- Food Processing
- Wood and metal fabrication
- Packaging and labelling
- Building material, manufacturing equipment and machinery
- Energy production and conversation
- Hospitality services
- Accounting and Computerisation
- Pottery, ceramics and craft manufacturing
Users are required to meet the cost of photocopies/documents plus postage. Requests are normally processed free, but those requiring extensive research and documentation will incur a flat charge of US$ 15.00. Technical Assistance requiring the services of a Regional Resource Person (for up to three weeks) will incur a fee denominated in local currency. Costs of the first assignment are subsidised by CDB. The smaller the enterprise the lower the fee as set out below.
Micro-Enterprises (owner managed with less than 5 employees and less than US$ 25,000 investment in equipment:
Small Enterprises (if parameters (a) or (b) and (c) or (d) apply);
(a) less than 25 employees;
(b) less than 4,000 ft2 of manufacturing area;
(c) less than US$ 50,000 investment in equipment,
(d) less than US$ 125,000 annual sales.
Medium-sized Enterprises (if parameters (a) or (b) and (c) or (d) apply);
(a) 25-50 employees;
(b) 4,000-6,000 ft2 of manufacturing area;
(c) US$ 50,000-$ 200,000 investment in equipment;
(d)US$ 125,000-$ 750,000 annual sales.
(a) Greater than US$ 200,000 investment in equipment;
(b) Greater than US$ 750,000 in annual sale
|GROUP||COUNTRIES WITH FIXED CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES||COUNTRIES WITH FLOATING CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES|
|Micro Enterprises||$ 800||20 x average daily wage|
|Small Enterprise||$ 1,200||30 x average daily wage|
|Medium Enerprises||$ 1,800 + $ 600||45 x average daily wage|
|Large Enterprises||FULL COST||FULL COST|
|Hotels, Government, Non-GovernmentOrganisations, Development Banks||$ 1,800 (plus accommodation of RPduring the field visit for hotels)||45 x average daily wage (plus accommodationof RP during the field visit for hotels)|
Eligibility, Application and Partner Organisations
Anyone resident in the Commonwealth Caribbean countries can apply for assistance from CTCS. Participating countries are as follows:
|Anguilla||Antigua and Barbuda||The Bahamas|
|Barbados||Belize||British Virgin Islands|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||St. Lucia||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Turks and Caicos Islands|
- Applicants should provide detailed information on the nature of problems and on the characteristics of their operation, either directly to CTCS staff or through the local Development Finance Institutions.
- Information requests will be answered by CTCS staff at CDB Headquarters as quickly as possible, taking into consideration the acquisition of non-local information.
- In-field technical assistance:
- Applicants must pay the subsidised fee, perform all the necessary preparations and identify a local counterpart who will assist and be trained by a resource person, provide all ground transportation necessary to execute the mission;
- Applicant agrees with choice of resource person, proposed terms of reference and duration of assignment;
- Resource person performs the service and submits a completion report which must be acceptable to the CTCS and the applicant.
- CTCS staff will evaluate the service and its benefits.
CTCS Assistance can also be requested through several partnering organisations in the region. These include:
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|British Virgin Islands|
|St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Turks and Caicos Islands|
Institue of Private Enterprise Development (IPED)