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Monday, 18 October 2010

Strengthening the Caribbean agri-food private sector- FOLLOW IT LIVE

The CTA and its partners will held the second regional Briefing in the Caribbean on “Strengthening the Caribbean agri-food private sector: challenges for SMEs in the agri-food sector in the Caribbean”on 18-19th October at the occasion of the Caribbean Agricultural Week. This Briefing will discuss the challenges that the Caribbean private sector faces in the context of the financial and food crises as well as the resulting increased demand for agricultural products. While looking at the broader economic environment,it will examine the key issues involved on value chains and clusters. Access to finance by the private sector has always remained a major challenge and SMEs still struggle to access finance due to some stringent requirements by commercial banks and the existing and potential financing mechanisms in support of the private sector at regional level will be reviewed.

The Briefing will be broadcast live on its networks,   and . The live video stream is accompanied by live chat and journalists  are encouraged to participate in the discussion by logging in with your facebook or Twitter credentials. There is also a blog set up at where regular updates will be posted, and you are also encouraged to comment on the matters beng discussed.