The COSME Programme was launched on April 1, 2014 on the island of Tortola (BVI). There the parties involved in management of the program met in person and via video conference to start up the Programme. The 41 month programme will disperse $15M Euros to projects benefiting participating Caribbean Territories. The funds were made available by the European Union (EU).
Road Town, BVI, March 24, 2017 – COSME is proud to sponsor through European Union funding, the current Kidpreneur Programme developed by eCamps BVI. The Kidpreneur Programme is a 3-month afterschool programme that takes place in British Virgin Islands for budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 10 years old and 17 years old.
Road Town, BVI, March 7, 2017 – COSME is a 54-month programme funded by the European Union to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs by improving the competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. This includes commitment to the growth of entrepreneurs in the OCTs and commitment to supporting and providing channels for women in the OCTs to be part of better working environments, opening doors to a more inclusive, gender-equal world.
Oranjestad, ARUBA, February 27, 2017 – COSME was invited to exhibit at the 15th Overseas Countries and Territories - European Union Forum, chaired by Aruba and organized by the the European Union, which took place in Oranjestad, Aruba, 21-24 February 2017.
The OCT-EU Forum is an annual conference and series of trilateral meetings for high level political dialogue between the authorities of the Overseas Countries and Territories, representatives of Member States linked to the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Investment Bank, and representatives of the Outermost Regions. There are 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), stretching from the Poles to the Tropics, that are associated with the European Union and are invited to participate in this annual dialogue.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 9, 2017 – At the recent Steering Committee meeting of the COSME programme, an EU funded programme to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean OCTS and their SMEs, consultants shared results and recommendations of several reports prepared in 2016.
Rob van der Horst shared the results of a study that, among others, examined the business enabling policies of the Caribbean OCTs’ in terms of their relevance for SMEs in each territory. This was done using a methodology developed by the EU and the OECD.