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Carl Raphael, Managing Director, ICONS le , Jon Roskill, Corporate
Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microso Corp., Chuck
Stuart, President & C.E.O., ICONS.
Carl Raphael, Managing Director, ICONS le , Tarquin Joseph, Vice
President, ICONS, Frances Correia, Country Manager, Microso
Trinidad & Tobago, Chuck Stuart, President & C.E.O., ICONS.
Integrated Computing & Outsourcing Network Solutions
(ICONS) Co. Ltd. today proudly announced it has won the
2013 Microso Country Partner of the Year Award for Trinidad
& Tobago. e company was honored among a global eld of
top Microso Corp. partners for demonstrating excellence in
innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on
" is award is testimony to the continued growth our company
experiences working with Microso and to our abilities to
e ectively deploy Microso solutions" said Chuck Stuart,
Chief Executive O cer, ICONS Co. Ltd. "It provides continued
motivation to our team -- their hard work and dedication to
ICONS is what makes us who we are!"
Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners
chosen from a set of more than 3,000 entrants from 106
di erent countries worldwide. ICONS Co. Ltd. was recognized
for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as
demonstrating excellent subsidiary engagement in Trinidad
& Tobago. e Microso Country Partner of the Year Awards
honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated
business excellence in delivering Microso solutions to multiple
customers over the past year. is award recognizes ICONS
Co. Ltd. as succeeding in e ective engagement with its local
Microso o ce while showcasing innovation and business
impact, driving customer satisfaction and winning new
"We are pleased to recognize ICONS of Trinidad & Tobago
as a Microso Country Partner of the Year," said Jon Roskill,
corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microso
Corp. "ICONS has delivered exceptional value to our mutual
customers and is a shining example of the excellence we see in
our best Microso partners."
Frances Correia, Country Manager, Microso Trinidad &
Tobago added " is award demonstrates the high level of local
service delivery in cloud technology that is recognizable on a
global scale. ICONS' victory comes as a result of a commitment
to understanding the needs of the customer and providing the
best solutions to ensure satisfaction."
e Microso Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microso
partners that have developed and delivered exceptional
Microso -based solutions over the past year.
ICONS CO. LTD. RECOGNIZED AS 2013 MICROSOFT COUNTRY
PARTNER OF THE YEAR FOR TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
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The European Union (EU) "offers employ-
ment opportunities for Caribbean manage-
ment consultants," Daniela Tramacere, head
of the European Union (EU) delegation in
Port-of-Spain, said at the Fifth Management
Consulting Business Symposium at the Hyatt
Regency on Tuesday (September 10, 2013).
The chargé d affaires of the EU Delegation
said: "As we all know, the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA) between the EU
and Caricom plus the Dominican Republic
is a historic step forward for the partnership
between Europe and the Caribbean and has
a lot of opportunities to offer. By throwing
open the EU market to the Caribbean and
progressively opening the Caribbean market
over time to certain imports from the EU,
the region will become more innovation ori-
ented and competitive."
She said the EU knows that a trade agree-
ment between the EU and the Caribbean is
not an agreement between equal trade part-
"The EU is aware of the fact that most
Caribbean firms are too small to explore
overseas business opportunities on their own.
We know that where trade agreements like
the EPA come into force, these firms can
find it difficult to take advantage of business
opportunities and even risk losing market
share in reciprocal trade agreements," she
This is why, she said the EPA also includes
"specific development provisions with cor-
responding funds of €46.5 million to enable
the Caribbean to take full advantage of its
potential. In fact, we are benefitting from
this today since one of our main implement-
ing agencies is the Caribbean Export Devel-
opment Agency (CEDA)."
On top of the EU funding, "several EU
member states have made a commitment to
the region," she said. For example, she said,
Germany opened an office in Barbados with
the aim of assisting in the implementation
of the EPA, and the three-day symposium
which ends today is co-funded by GIZ, the
German development cooperation agency.
She said: "More concretely and very tan-
gible, the EU offers employment opportu-
nities for Caribbean management consultants.
Under the technical assistance components
of our bilateral programmes, we are always
looking for local expertise. For example, as
of next week, we will have an expert on food
quality standards from Saint Lucia here (in
T&T) to assist the Ministry of Labour and
Small and Micro-Enterprise Development
and the Ministry of Food Production to elab-
orate training programmes for local compa-
nies in international quality standards."
Tramacere said those contracts are being
awarded "through a framework contract with
(a) pre-selected consortia of consultants.
This system facilitates our contracting process
but by no means excludes any consultant as
you can present your curriculum vitaes and
availability to the consortia at all times."
Also under regional EU-funded pro-
grammes, she said "there are opportunities
for consultants, for example under the
Regional Private Sector Development Pro-
gramme (€28.3 million)---broad focus on pri-
vate sector development---implemented via
(a) contribution agreement with CEDA. This
means that CEDA, not the EU, will procure
the necessary goods and services using their
own procurement rules and guidelines."
Another programme in which she said
there are opportunities for consultants is the
€12.6 million "Integration and Trade of the
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) Region" programme which has a
specific focus on agriculture, tourism and
export development. The implementation of
this programme will be via a grant contract
with OECS secretariat.
Capacity building for fisherfolk
Also, the EU, as the largest development
cooperation donor in the world, continues
to publish calls for proposals on the Euro-
peAid Web page, she said.
"Through this window of opportunity, last
year the non-governmental organisation,
Canari, which is based in Trinidad, was
awarded a contract of more than €1 million
for capacity building for fisherfolks in the
region," she said.
Today, participants at the symposium will
benefit from a training workshop on suc-
cessful bidding and proposal writing.
"As charge d affaires of the EU Delegation
in T&T I hear very often that working with
the European Commission is very difficult
and our procedures burdensome. I would
like to explain to you that there is a reason
for that. Whatever we do, we aim at trans-
parency and accountability. The EU procure-
ment policy is based on the logic that trans-
parency will generate competition, which
will lead to getting the best value for money,"
Also addressing the symposium, Ullrich
Kinne, chargé d affaires of the German
Embassy in Port-of-Spain sounded his own
call to Caribbean management consultants
to seize opportunities.
"Management consulting provides many
opportunities for cooperation, between con-
sulting firms within the Caribbean as well
as between Caribbean and European com-
panies. The German government supports
this cooperation as it is a centerpiece of the
EPA between Cariforum (Caricom plus the
Dominican Republic) and the EU," he said.
Trade and development are two sides of
the same coin, and strengthening business
cooperation can make a substantial contri-
bution to a better future for the Caribbean,
Having been the first region to conclude
an EPA with the EU, "the Caribbean has a
head-start in preparing itself for an increas-
ingly competitive global trade environment
and profit from EU assistance in this regard,"
For more than three years, Germany has
been working together with the Cariforum
secretariat through its EPA implementation
unit, and with CEDA, to support public and
private organisations in their endeavor to
implement and make use of the EPA, he said.
"This has been a very fruitful and result-
oriented cooperation in many economic
fields. This symposium series is being sup-
ported by Germany for the second time. It
is another example of the very successful
co-financing of activities between the 10th
European Development Fund and the German
cooperation project implemented by GIZ,
both in partnership with CEDA," he said.
EU offers employment
opportunities for Caribbean
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