Haiti’s business sector is set to be strengthened following the completion of an intensive training session to equip business development personnel with the skills to train the local business community on how to develop sound business plans. Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the South (CCIH-Sud), in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), organized a Training of Trainers course on June 15-16 in Les Cayes, Haiti. During the 2 day workshop, Cilla T. Benjamin, an instructor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, trained the business development facilitators on the development of comprehensive business plans.
A sound business plan is one of the key instruments needed to build a successful business and so trainers focussed on tools and techniques to instruct recipients on how to competently develop a business plan and how to judge the feasibility of business proposals using standard capital investment tools. The trainers also became experts in how to develop other plans such as marketing plans, based on sound analysis of internal capabilities, the competitive environment and external opportunities and threats and operations planning to run the day to day procedures of a business.
More than 20 business development facilitators were trained by CCI-Sud. The objective of which is to increase the pool of trainers in Les Cayes for CCI-Sud to use to conduct future training events on Business Plan Development for the local business community. In this manner, the Chamber will be in a better position to provide services and generate income, thereby strengthening their institutional capacity.
Caribbean Export organized this mission within the framework of the Haiti/Dominican Republic Binational Programme, funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).