Caribbean Export and GIZ recently concluded two ProNet workshops in Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. ProNet is a training programme that consists of 8 modules which aim to build the capacity of regional firms to enhance their competitiveness. The modules are Business Strategy, Quality Management, Production Management, Resources Management, Product Development, Information & Knowledge Management, Human Resources Management and Financial Management.

In Trinidad, this was held from December 3 – 6, 2012 in collaboration with the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) which was responsible for promoting the workshop among their membership. Companies attending were a mixture of agro-processors, textile and paper manufacturing companies, handicraft operators and chemical manufacturing firms. Over the four days, the modules which were offered were Module 2- Product Development and Module 3-Production Management. A site visit to a manufacturing company, Chem Clean Ltd on the second day of the training was organized to give participants exposure to the operations of a factory. Under the supervision of international consultants, Georg Villinger and Div De Villiers, five regional trainers from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname were given the experience to practice delivering the training material.

The workshop in Jamaica was held in collaboration with the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). An average of thirty persons representing firms spanning the agro processing (pepper sauces, canned foods, honey, coffee and coconut oil), apparel and packaging sectors attended along with representatives from some of the Business Support Organisations. The three modules offered were Module 1 – Business Strategy, Module 7 – Human Resources Management and Module 8 – Cost and Financial Management. The training was facilitated by five regional trainers from Jamaica and Belize. A site visit to a manufacturing company, Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Ltd on the second day of the training was also organized for the participants. Participation at the workshops was very interactive and judging from initial feedback, the attendees were very pleased with the training.

In 2013, CARIFORUM firms can expect to benefit from additional ProNet training opportunities and special focus will be given to the continued certification of additional regional trainers. Persons from the private sector with experience in delivering training programmes and who are interested in being certified as ProNet trainers can look out for an upcoming Expression of Interest as we expand the trainer pool. For further information, please contact Robertha Reid, Advisor-Competitiveness & Innovation at [email protected]