Suriname Enterprise Competitiveness and Innovation (2016-2017)
ETG was hired by the Government of Suriname and Inter-American Development Bank to support the implementation of the Pilot Program—Innovation for Firms in Suriname (IFS)—to support innovation and development of local firms in Suriname by strengthening their integration into value chains and clusters and their linkages with firms and buyers and among themselves. The program is oriented to improve local firms’ productivity, competitiveness and innovation, and ETG developed a “buyer-led” approach. ETG worked with the IFS team to develop practical operating procedures for the IFS, identify and support best candidate local firm and operational clusters to supported by the program, and assist selected firms (in clusters) to develop specific innovations to increase sales and exports, and have positive impact on other SMEs in the value chain. The focus is on supporting firms, which can demonstrate “quick wins”, and lead the way in establishing early success of the program. ETG provided “hands on training” to the IFS task manager, CUS staff, and relevant public and private stakeholders. ETG supported ten companies to formulate their enterprise development plans to achieve increased sales and exports and will have positive economic impact on other firms in the value chain. This focus on lead firms is to achieve “quick win” results of the IFS program, within the already identified value chains with sales and export potential (e.g., value added agribusiness, mining, ICT, forest products, non-timber forest products). Funding from the Government of Suriname and the Inter-American Development Bank, 2016-2017.