Capacity Building & Programme Financing

This unit focuses on ensuring that companies have export ready products and services to enter international markets and the production processes to support export growth. Members provide targeted support to new exporters, services providers and Tobago exporters.

In order to fulfil our mandate of increasing exports of Trinidad and Tobago, a critical function of exporTT is to build the export capacity of companies and would be exporters, enabling them to meet international standards thereby facilitating their access to foreign markets. This unit focuses on ensuring that companies have export ready products and services to enter international markets and the production processes to support export growth. Our export capacity building activities include a comprehensive range of exporter training programmes, international standards certification programmes and co-financing of export related costs.

Co-Financing Service

This Service assists companies with market-entry activities. This allows companies to allocate more resources to a foreign market, helping them to mitigate risks they may be exposed to in a new export market and increase the level of control a company has on its foreign activities. Areas covered include product/company registration in overseas markets, IP registration in overseas markets, product testing, shipping of samples, translation and interpretation of export related documents, trade show participation and label design modification.

Research and Development Facility (RDF)

The Research and Development Facility (RDF) is a reimbursable fund that aims to provide support to innovative and high-potential companies in the non-energy manufacturing and services sectors. Its aim is to support the development of new and advancing products, processes and technologies in order to increase international competitiveness in these sectors.

Grant Fund Facility

The Grant Fund Facility assists with the purchase of machinery and equipment by export oriented/import substituting, small and medium-sized businesses. In this way, businesses including but not limited to agro-processing and manufacturing, can increase their production capacity or improve their production efficiency, thereby making them more competitive in export markets.

See links to international funding opportunities:

CDB Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund

exporTT provides support, both advisory and financial for technical assistance to all exporters seeking to implement international standards that are required for their products or services entry into export markets. These standards may be process related, or product specific for various international markets. These include, but are not limited to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard and Hazards and Critical Control Points Management (HACCP), and Compliance with the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

View more on International Standards Implementation here.

You can also access Financial Support under the Standards Implementation Grant Facility.
 

The Tobago Office is a microcosm of exporTT Limited; under the ambit of the Capacity Building Unit Manager and operated by two resident Business Advisors.  The Advisors coordinate activities to provide customers with the tools and techniques to develop the competitive edge to increase Sales and Export Development.

Export Development

In order to take the local businesses further, the office embarked on an Export Readiness Assessment to ascertain gaps, challenges and provide solutions.  This is done through a suite of Export Development Training Programmes.

Areas of Capacity Building covered, include but are not limited to:

  1. Business Development
  2. Export Basics
  3. Marketing Strategy including Export Marketing
  4. Brand Management and Your Reputation
  5. Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  6. Costing and Pricing
  7. Product Development,
  8. Negotiating skills
  9. Export Market Research
  10. Understanding Harmonization System Codes, Rules and Certificates of Origin, Brokerage and shipping requirements.
  11. Packaging and labelling,
  12. Good Manufacturing Practices.

Alliances

A Strategic Alliance was created through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Business Development Unit of the Tobago House of Assembly and the Tobago Office of exporTT.

  1. The strategic intent is for consolidation of resources of the both organizations and creation of opportunities in the market place for the Tobago Entrepreneur/ Exporter in a cost effective and profitable manner.
  2. The exporTT Tobago Office has since been relocated to #10 Montessori Drive, Glen Road, and Scarborough Tobago (Division of Community Development Enterprise Development and Labour)
  3. We seek to collaborate with the BDU on Public Training Initiatives, their Road shows, overseas missions etc.
  • Through the Tobago Office we continue to facilitate the Tobago population by accommodating the MTI – Trade Licence Unit on Tuesdays to provide support on matters of Trade and importation.

MEET THE TEAM

Jonathan Seecharan
Jonathan Seecharan
Business Advisor – External Funding
Responsible for identifying and sourcing external funding that can support and enhance the company’s strategic plan. He is also responsible
Antoinette Spencer
Antoinette Spencer
Business Advisor - Tobago
Ms. Spencer is responsible for implementing and coordinating programmes to strengthen the export capacity of exporters in target sectors.
Marcia Potts
Marcia Potts
Business Advisor - Tobago
Ms. Potts is responsible for implementing and coordinating programmes to strengthen the export capacity of exporters in target sectors.
Mandisa Granderson
Mandisa Granderson
Business Advisor - New Exporter
Implements programmes to strengthen the export capacity of Trinidad & Tobago companies in target sectors. She spearheads initiatives for increased
Betty-Ann Narine
Betty-Ann Narine
Business Advisor - Compliance
Betty-Ann is responsible for implementing and managing programmes to strengthen the export capacity of exporters  in target sectors, in keeping
Mr. Crisen Maharaj
Mr. Crisen Maharaj
Manager Capacity Building
Mr. Crisen Maharaj is the Manager of the Capacity Building and Programme Financing Unit which is responsible for delivering services
Additional Information

Showcase of Tobago Success Stories:

At the end of the Program in November 2019 and following the economic impact created by the companies from the cohort in terms of their business growth and repeat business requests –  The Top 5 Companies emerged:

  1. Chensaya’s
  2. Teabago Teas
  3. Osanie
  4. Anthea’s Treasure Trove
  5. J Mac Industries

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This unit focuses on ensuring that companies have export ready products and services to enter international markets and the production processes to support export growth.
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