JAMAICA-FINANCE- Government and IDB Sign US$50 million agreement for MSME Project.


The Government and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed an US$50 million loan agreement to implement the Boosting Innovation, Growth, and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme over the next 10 years.

The agreement was signed on Friday by Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke, and General Manager for the IDB's Caribbean Group Country Department, Therese Turner Jones.

The project will provide financial and technical assistance support for Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprises (MSMEs), scalable and new business start-ups with high growth potential, and entrepreneurs with sustainable business ideas.

It will also benefit incubators, business support accelerators, and academia focused on the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The project, to be implemented by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), will be executed under two five-year US$25 million Conditional Credit Line for Investment Projects (CCLIP) funding facilities.

The programme components will include, among other things, provisions for engagements targeting innovation and growth for MSMEs - US$8.35 million; scalable start-ups - US$8.99 million; and high growth potential start-ups - US$3.47 million.

It is anticipated that these engagements will spur increased economic activity.

Clarke, in his remarks, said the BIGEE Programme is intended to fill gaps within Jamaica's entrepreneurial ecosystem, while strengthening the existing framework.

It will address challenges facing MSMEs, including insufficient capital; inadequate equity instruments to assist...

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