Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 26th 2015 Contents and SMEs in the region, which revealed inter-alia,
that there was need for more hands-on training in
business management and product development,
that the artisans faced challenges to obtain financing
to grow and/or improve their business; and that they
desired more direct access to sales opportunities par-
ticularly related to regional and international craft
fairs and trade markets.
The desire to increase linkages with other artisans
from the region for the trade of goods, for the purchase
of raw materials and for joint manufacturing and/or
promotion efforts was listed among the top priorities.
Towards this end, the participating artisans com-
mitted to forming a Regional Network of Artisans of
the Greater Caribbean, and appealed to the ACS and
its partners to provide the necessary technical assis-
tance and support for its establishment.
In fulfilment of this mandate, the ACS, OAS and
ILO have joined forces to explore the modalities to
formalise the network.
As a first step in this regard, the first meeting of
the Regional Network of Artisans of the Greater
Caribbean, will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on
March 23, 2015. This meeting will seek to define the
institutional framework for the network and initialise
a plan of action, to strengthen the network and
support future activities.
Participants in this first meeting will be limited to
a pilot group of 9 artisans who participated in the
workshop in Cartagena with due regard to having
geographic representation from each of the sub-
regional groupings. Participants will be tasked to
support the development and subsequent imple-
mentation of the work plan for the first two years
of operation of the network, and will also be required
to provide input to the institutional framework (norms,
composition and structure) for the Network.
Following the inaugural meeting of the network,
participants as well as a pilot group of artisans and
SMEs from Jamaica will benefit from a three-day
entrepreneurship training workshop, which will provide
practical and hands-on training based on the frame-
work and methodology developed by the International
The workshop will be conducted as part of an
ongoing project to deliver training and capacity-
building tools to SMEs in Jamaica, geared towards
business skills development to support the strength-
ening and growth of the SME sector and contribute
to the formalisation of the informal economy.
The ACS and its partners in this approach, recognise
the role of SME s in contributing to the social and
economic development of the countries of the region.
The importance of craft, being a direct expression
of the local culture of the country/community and
created by its people, tells the story of the place, its
people, their history, traditions and even folklore. It
is an important element of a tourist destination
uniqueness and thus key in maintaining authenticity
Through the establishment of this regional network,
the aim is to strengthen linkages within the tourism
industry and increase opportunities for trade and
entrepreneurship as a strategy for job creation and
therefore, poverty reduction.
Furthermore, these efforts seek to generate market
opportunities for cultural products to increase business
for local entrepreneurs, particularly women from
indigenous and rural communities who predominate
the production chain.
The network, once established, will facilitate on-
going cooperation and dialogue among the region s
arts and craft sector, fostering cross-sectoral collab-
oration to ensure that artisans who, while responsible
for producing an integral part of a territory s artistic
culture, and very often are citizens of meagre financial
resources, receive the necessary support in order to
improve the productivity and viability of their business
enterprises, taking into account the information col-
lected on needs, challenges and recommendations
garnered through previous research and analysis.
Julio Orozco is the director of Sustainable
Tourism and Amanda Charles is the adviser of
sustainable tourism. Any comments or feedback
should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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