Beyond the Solutions: Competitiveness through Global Value Chains, Clustering and Innovation

The Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness (CCfC) invites submissions of papers and presentations for its 2nd Caribbean Competitiveness Forum, “Beyond the Solutions: Competitiveness through Global Value Chains, Clustering and Innovation”, to be held at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, 18–19 March 2014.

The 2nd Caribbean Competitiveness Forum will bring together participants from the public and private sectors, academia and non-governmental institutions. It will be a practical approach to showcasing regional success stories from which lessons and recommendations can emerge to support the growth of the wider sectors and by extension the countries of the Region.

The Forum will focus on sharing case studies on regional clusters and value chains in four sectors identified as important to most Caribbean countries: Services, Agro-Processing, Manufacturing and Emerging (such as information and communications technology; renewable energy, and niche tourism).

Abstracts (no more than 350 words) must be submitted by 10 January 2014 to the Secretariat, email, Further information can be found at CCfC’s website at:


About The UWI

In the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Open Campus sites in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. The UWI Open Campus operates from more than 45 site locations across the region, serving in excess of 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. The UWI is a university with an international reach, with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its 7 Faculties, The UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences.


About the CCfC

The Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness (CCfC ) is a special project of The University of the West Indies Office of Planning and Development and is located on the St. Augustine Campus. The CCfC was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in March 2011. For the first two years, the Centre is co-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. It was operationalized in September 2011 with the appointment of its first Executive Director Mrs. Indera Sagewan-Alli.

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