DPMC

 

Business, Finance and Trade

Collaboration with Guyana Threshold Country Plan / Implementation Project Office (GTCP/IP)

In June, 2007, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a Threshold Program grant from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) to the Government of Guyana (GoG) to support the Government’s efforts to overcome the country’s fiscal challenges, while at the same time addressing some of the challenges affecting private investment and exports. The Guyana Threshold Country Plan Implementation Project (GTCP/IP) is the vehicle through which the MCA support is being provided to the GoG.
The objectives of the GTCP/IP are driven by the GoG’s commitment to achieving and maintaining fiscal sustainability through an efficient and effective tax regime, efficient public expenditure management, and improved fiduciary oversight. Thus, the main objective of the GTCP/IP is to provide targeted technical assistance and training to the GoG to support its ongoing fiscal policy strategy aimed at bringing the fiscal deficit down to a sustainable level. A second objective is to improve the business investment climate.
This project is managed and administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Georgetown, Guyana and the Regional Contracting Office in the Dominican Republic under a SEGIR Macro II IQC Task Order with Nathan Associates Inc. as the prime contractor. The GTCP/IP began operations on January 14, 2008, with an estimated completion date of January 13, 2010. Over the duration of this project DPMC provided consulting services as a Financial/ Economic and Survey Specialist Firm. Projects successfully completed to date include:
Business Registration & SME Investment Facilitation Consultation: As a component of Task # 7 “Business Registration and Incorporation”.

The main tasks of the consultancy involved:

  1. Developing two investment promotion sector profiles relevant to the SME Sector,
  2. Preparing a business registration process internal work-flow of the Deeds Registry, and
  3. Preparing a detailed, accurate and SME user-friendly documentation of the steps to register a business in Guyana.


Duration: September to October, 2008

 

Institutional Strengthening of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-INVEST)

The Firm conducted a study for the Institutional Strengthening of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-INVEST) for the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce (MTIC) under the Support for Competitiveness Programme (SCP), an Inter-American Development Bank funded program.

The principal tasks of this consultancy included:

  1. Developing a four year action-plan that consisted of annual targets, an outline of human and fiscal resources need for its implementation and an organisational strengthening plan,
  2. Developing new operational procedures for Go-Invest, including a performance-based remuneration system for staff,
  3. Developing and implementing an approved performance management system to monitor progress made by account mangers, and
  4. Facilitating the setting up of a Business Information Services Unit.


 

Concerns of the Private Sector in Relation to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Negotiations

Prepared a report for the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) and the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) on the Concerns of the Private Sector in Relation to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Negotiations.

The tasks undertaken under this consultancy included:

  1. Revising all documentation available on EPA and private sector concerns, including CRNM private sector documents,
  2. Discussing with relevant private sector representatives on their concerns regarding the areas of negotiations as well as their indication on how to address the developmental dimension,
  3. Preparing a brief on the above mention concerns,
  4. Providing assistance as required to sectoral groups in the drafting of brief to be presented at the non-state actions (NSA) meeting to be held on 6th September 2007, based on the information collected,
  5. Being available to answer any queries or update information leading up to the meeting, and
  6. Providing other relevant inputs and advice that are related to the meeting.


Duration: September – October 2007

 

Applying Resource Economics to Integrate Sustainable Development Principles in Small Island Developing States and Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development in National and Sectoral Budgets.

UCompleted two articles for the Commonwealth Secretariat on Applying Resource Economics to Integrate Sustainable Development Principles in Small Island Developing States and Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development in National and Sectoral Budgets.

Our tasks included:

  1. Outlining how applying resource economics can be used to mainstream sustainable development concerns. This included a general discussion behind the use of the tool and the presentation of a case study to illustration the tools applicability, and
  2. Outlining how national and sectoral budgets can be used to mainstream sustainable development concerns. This included a general discussion behind the use of the tool and the presentation of a case study to illustration the tools applicability.


Duration: February 2007 to January, 2008

 
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