Archive for December, 2014

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Selection of Caribbean Mobile Innovation Hubs

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Consortium has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) under EPIC Trust Fund, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

Description of the consulting services (“the Services”)

CMIP is a two-tiered partnership approach to support growth-oriented mobile apps businesses in the region. The CMIP aims (1) to strengthen the Caribbean mobile innovation ecosystem and (2) to enable sustainable and competitive mobile enterprises to grow through a number of regional and local activities that will target early stage innovators and guide them to market readiness. The desired outcome is the creation of a regional pool of high-growth potential mobile start-ups with the capacity to release their apps to the market and raise additional capital to grow. CMIP is a part of a $20M Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) funded by the Government of Canada.

This REOI concerns the selection of the mobile application hubs (mHubs) – local implementation partners in up to six Caribbean islands. The Caribbean mHubs will be expected to implement a specific set of the CMIP annual activities on their respective islands, over four time cycles. The contract will cover operations, programs, and implementation.

See full REOI here: CMIP mHubs Final REOI Final

See full TOR here:CMIP mHubs Final ToRs (2)


UWIC participates in VIII International Conference on Caribbean Studies

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Three members of staff of UWI Consulting will participate in the VIII International Conference on Caribbean Studies to be held in  Havana, Cuba, December 11-12 2014.  Professor Claremont Kirton, UWIC’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Sharifa Powell, Projects and Portfolio Manager, and Ms. Daenia Ashpole will present on the following topics:

Professor Kirton – Financial Services Integration in Regional Integration Arrangements (RIAs) – The CARICOM        Experience.

Ms. Powell –  A  review of the CARICOM Strategic Plan 2015-2019 – Improving Trade Relations with Latin America.

Ms. Ashpole – Moving Beyond Advocacy and Awareness…Forging Partnerships for Economic Gains and Environmental Sustainability: The Case of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

See full Conference agenda here: Evento Catedra sobre Vulnerabilidad SIDS (diciembre 2014 REV FINAL)mila

UWI partners with UNEP and SRC in Poster Competition to raise awareness on the Green Economy

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Scientific Research Council (SRC) in association with the United Nations Environment Programme and the University of the West Indies is issuing a call for students from primary and secondary schools to submit entries for its Green Economy Poster Competition.

The competition is targets students who have an interest in, or are already doing the Sciences in school. It also forms a part of the SRC’s mandate to promote the interest, awareness and understanding of Science and Technology and Innovation among the Jamaican school population. Students may submit entries in any of 5 categories, namely the Green Economy and Water Conservation, Tourism, Agriculture, Construction and Energy.

There is over $60,000 in cash and prizes to be won. The top entrants will each receive $15000, the runner ups $10,000 each and third place winners $5,000 each. The competition is supported by the European Union. The competition closes January 9, 2015


See official press release for more details: Press Release -Call for entries- SRC UNEP UWI Green Economy Poster Competition -WS

Global Environmental Change & Small Island States & Territories: Economic & Labour Market Implications – Focus on the Maltese Islands

Monday, December 1st, 2014

UWI Consulting continues to share in the policy discourse surrounding the effects of global environmental change on Small Island States and Territories, and seeks to provide these States with suitable adaptation mechanisms which can lead to both economic and environmental sustainability.

Executive Director of UWIC, Dr. Keith Nurse, will share in a Symposium being hosted in Malta under the theme, “Global Environmental Change & Small Island States & Territories: Economic & Labour Market Implications – Focus on the Maltese Islands” on December  2, 2014. Dr. nurse will present  on the topic, “Climate Change Governance, Trade Policy and Small Island States: The Case of the Caribbean.” See link  for more information and full Symposium Agenda.

PROGRAMME-Global Env Change Small Islands-revised