Productivity Workshop aimed at improving economic growth in SMEs in Dominica

06 Feb

By: Gabrielle Johnson

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In a renewed campaign to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Dominican enterprises in the regional and international markets, the Dominica Employers’ Federation in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the International Labour Organisation (Caribbean Office) (ILO), with funding from the European Union (EU), will host a one-day Workshop on the theme Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs)”, on Monday 6th February, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Young Hotel, Roseau. A total twenty-five (25) entrepreneurs and social partners from the Ministry of Commerce, Labour Unions and private sector will participate in the workshop.


The Productivity workshop is designed to help small enterprises in Dominica understand the issues of productivity, and explore ways in which they can be improved. Topics to be discussed are:

  • The current state of Productivity and Competitiveness in Dominica: Indicators, Measurement, Data requirement and Data availability.
  • Measures to improve productivity at organizational levels.
  • Shaping the Business environment: Addressing Cultural Barriers, Data availability, Rewards and Recognition.
  • Panel & Group Discussion: What policies and strategies can be identified to improve productivity?
  • Tools to enhance national and enterprise productivity
  • Way forward/ Next steps


Coordinator for the Workshop, and Labour-Management Analyst with the Dominica Employers’ Federation, Michelle Marshall, stated, “The Dominica business model has forever been characterised by low productivity and competitiveness in the local, regional and international product markets as we seem to be known more for costs rather than quality. Therefore, this Workshop will challenge participants to make productivity improvements a critical part of the model because if we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth.”


Labour Commissioner in the Ministry of Justice, Immigration & National Security, Dr. Matthew Leblanc is carded to speak at the Opening Ceremony, along with Mr. Benoit Bardouille, President, DEF; Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist on Employers’ Activities, ILO; and Ms. Gabrielle Johnson, National Project Officer, CEC.


The Workshop will be free to invitees.


Members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, schedule for Monday, 6th February, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Fort Young Hotel, Roseau, Dominica


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