Improving Business Acumen in Fisher Cooperatives in Saint Lucia

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The ACP FISH II project Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACPStates, Improving Business Acumen in Fisher Cooperatives in Saint Lucia is currently being implemented by Celestial Self Development Centre, Sans Souci, Castries.

There are currently nine functional Fishermen Cooperatives in Saint Lucia: Gros Islet, Castries, Anse la Raye/Canaries, Soufriere, Choiseul, Laborie, Goodwill/Vieux Fort, East Coast/Micoud, and Dennery; and most of these institutions are run by a Manager and a Board of Directors, comprising volunteers. These Cooperatives perform a critical role within the fisheries sector which include the procurement and supply of inputs to their members.  The Saint Lucia FisherFolk Cooperative Society Limited is the umbrella organization and was established to enhance coordination, efficiency and advocacy for the fisheries sector. One of the initiatives which this entity is seeking to pursue is the joint procurement and distribution of supplies on behalf of the fisher folk sector island wide.

 The Fisheries Cooperatives are at varying stages of development, in-terms of strengths and levels of organization. Some are well organized with physical infrastructure, some serve as marketing agents for their members, and have a wealth of experience in managing financially viability entities. These skill sets are not common to all, thus the timeliness and relevance of this intervention in institutional strengthening and capacity building among the primary fisheries groups.  

 Purpose of this project

The purpose of this project is to:

a) Conduct a situation analysis of services provided by the Cooperatives, specifically in relation to purchasing and distribution.

b) Provide training for fisher folk in Saint Lucia in practical guidelines and principles of business management,  planning and operating profitable, efficient, and productive fisheries enterprises.

Locally the project is being coordinated jointly by the Fisheries Department and the Department of Co-operatives, and entails organizational assessments and training. The two day training will be conducted on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2013 at the Department of Fisheries Conference Room, Vieux Fort from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Topics to be covered are Governance, membership benefits, inventory management control and credit granting and management.

 What are the objectives of the ACP Fish II Programme?

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the sustainable and equitable management of fisheries in the ACP regions, thus leading to poverty alleviation and improving

food security in ACP States. It specifically focuses on strengthening fisheries sectoral policy development and implementation, thus ensuring sustainable and equitable management of fisheries in the region.

 Coverage is welcome.

 This project is funded by the European Union

The European Commission is the EU’s executive body.

“The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders”.

 For further information on the ACP Fish II Programme, please visit: http://www.acpfish2-eu.org  or ACP Fish II Programme Regional Manager for the Caribbean Region, Sandra Grant; E-Mail: s.grant@acpfish2-eu.org; Telephone: 011(501) 223 2974/Fax: 011(501) 223 2975.

 

 

 

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