With Prime Minister Freundel Stuart championing productivity and the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss calling for innovation, the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) is continuing to help individuals and businesses do just that.

Leader of the Barbados-based CoESL, Dr Marcia Brandon recently met with the team of the Ministry’s Business Development Unit to discuss ongoing working partnerships.

The Ministry has inclusive plans to mobilize and roll out its work to the general public by garnering the interests and partnerships of all stakeholders. This will happen over the next two months.

Mr Anderson Cumberbatch, Chief Business Development Advisor and his team – Mr Richard Harris, Senior Business Development Officer and Ms Juana Franklin-Leacock – said they were very much focused on moving Barbados to the next level of innovation this year.

It’s business unusual this year. We want to visibly move businesses and entrepreneurs to the next level in Barbados through impactful partnerships,” Mr Cumberbatch said.

The Unit’s role is to coordinate, instigate and mobilize all the legitimate and impactful stakeholders in entrepreneurship and help them to accelerate and support the ecosystem to produce positive, viable change.

The CoESL understands this and has pledged its ongoing support to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial development in Barbados, as a tool for the development of all people,” said Dr Brandon.

The drive is to help people to understand their significance in the productivity value chain, to connect the dots and unleash their creativity.”

She explained that the CoESL focuses on developing people for productivity, whether through owning their own businesses or through wage employment; preserving the planet – through climate technology, environmental and greening initiatives; preserving peace – through leadership, relationship

building and conflict resolution programmes; and building strong, credible partnerships which is the backbone of the organization.

“It is only through strong Accredited Preferred Partners (APP) web linkages in each country in the region that CoESL has been able to carry out its huge mandate of the 4Ps,” Dr Brandon pointed out.

The CoESL operates as the hub for many regional and global partners including the World Bank’s Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s Climate Technology project as well as its Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme; Global Leaders Coalition’s Leadership and Innovation Entrepreneurship Challenge; International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean; Detroit Shadowing Programme; Fort Hays Internship Programme and Global Entrepreneurship Network (Caribbean). The CoESL’s programmes are all based on entrepreneurship featuring creativity and leadership.

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