By Benjamin Flowers
The Belize Coalition of Service Providers (BCSP), this week, shared some of the results emerging from the strategic meeting of the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (CNSC).
Belize’s representative at the meeting, Orson Elrington, explained on Wednesday that the two-day meeting was to finalize the CNSC’s upcoming initiatives for the remainder of 2016.
Through the meeting, held from January 21 to Friday January 22, 2016 in St. Lucia, the CNSC ratified the strategic plan and and draft work plan for 2016, reviewed concept notes for regional projects under the 11th European Development Fund, and even chose a new executive.
Elrington, who presented the concept on strengthening the artistic sector, particularly the music industry, said that his presentation was one of two agreed upon to be actively developed over the working period.
“In all the researches done for the music industry we’ve found that there are three major bottle necks affecting artists: a lack of financing for export activities, a lack of networking for contacts, and a lack of knowledge on how to export,” Elrington said. “So we will be focusing on the last two aspects.”
The other sector was the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, however, the CNSC is still deciding whether they will develop the gaming or mobile application sectors within that field.
He added that they hope to have the ICT sector figured out by the end of February, so they can begin the actual work.
Project Funds for the region’s services sector will be administered by the Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).
The new configuration of the CNSC is: New Executive Chair Yvonne Agard, Vice Chair – Kenrick Quashie (SVCSI – St. Vincent), Vice Chair – Marjorie Straw – (JCSI – Jamaica), Vice Chair – Orson Elrington- (BCSP – Belize), and Immediate Past Chair – Julianne Jarvis – (ABCSI – Antigua and Barbuda).