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Public and Private Cooperation
Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
Date:  12/18/2015 
Constituency Empowerment Programme
The Constituency Councils are facilitated through the Constituency Empowerment Programme (CEP). The Constituency Councils operate in thirty (30) constituencies across the island as delineated by the Electoral Boundaries Commission. The CEP aims to enhance the capacity of citizens to participate in the development agenda and contribute to positive change in their lives and community. Therefore, this programme ensures a ‘bottom-up’/participatory approach to development and provides a platform for socio-economic upliftment and advancement.
The programme strengthens civil society and the economy by empowering communities to negotiate with government and influence public policy, providing a check on the power of government. Also, through its contribution to participatory development this programme contributes to the effectiveness and efficiency of Government’s social development programmes and ensures sustainability. The Constituency Councils act as direct links between the local community and central government and allow citizens to have direct involvement in activities which will foster their personal development and contribute to the country’s development.

Community Development Programme
The purpose of the Community Development Programme is to mobilize and sensitize community members to the resources, skills and opportunities in their community and assist them in taking necessary actions to improve their socio-economic conditions. The projects and programmes offered at community centres across the island seek to expand the skills and capacities of the poor and vulnerable, enhancing their capability to earn a living and improve their social conditions. The programme also promotes the development and empowerment of communities, community-based and non-governmental organizations and serves as a catalyst for national development.
The programme offers a variety of skills training courses at community centres across the island to develop a spirit of self-reliance, entrepreneurship and enterprise development, leading to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty. An additional component of this programme is the Community Technology Programme (CTP). In this highly technological era, the CTP makes computer training and internet access readily available to the citizens of Barbados to improve technological literacy.

Cultural Industries Development Authority
The Cultural Industries Development Act which was proclaimed in February 2015, makes provision for the establishment of a Cultural Industries Development Authority. The Authority is responsible for promoting, assisting and facilitating the efficient development of the cultural industries and designing and implementing suitable marketing strategies for the effective promotion of the cultural industries.
The Act also encourages public-private sector partnerships and partnership with all stakeholders through the establishment of the Cultural Industries Development Fund which is managed by the Authority. The purposes of the Fund are to:
1) finance cultural projects and programmes that are designed to develop the cultural industries sector and train cultural entrepreneurs, cultural practitioners, cultural administrators and cultural workers;

2) provide cultural entrepreneurs with non-repayable grants to enable them to participate in local and overseas events, workshops and seminars and allow for training, marketing and export, and product development; and

3) provide repayable grants and loans for cultural projects and provide equity financing to allow investors to inject funds into cultural businesses and in return to take an equity share in the capital of such businesses.
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