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Dear Members of the Media,


The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) is now concluded, ending in its fifth year of operation (April 2016 – March 2017). The final year will officially conclude in the second quarter (July – September) of 2017, but all operations in the Caribbean will cease operations on April 30, 2017. The focus of the last year of implementation was the completion of local economic development demonstration projects, and sharing of lessons learned through partnerships, training and national learning conferences.



CARILED was launched in May 2012 and became operational in the Caribbean in June 2012. CARILED was a decentralized program implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Headquarters (Regional Head Office) are based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with country offices in Belize, Guyana and Jamaica, and a sub-regional office for Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries in Saint Lucia. CARILED also had a team in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities office in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.



CARILED falls under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities International (FCMI) Department and the CARILED Headquarters and Country Teams were managed by CARILED Program Director Marion Villanueva. Ms. Villanueva was preceded by Program Director Alix Yule (2013 – 2015) and Dr. Naresh Singh (2012 – 2013).


CARILED also supported mentorship and training of Local Economic Development Officers in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.



The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) worked with Canadian and Caribbean partners to help local governance bodies support new and existing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and develop services, plans and strategies for sustainable and equitable local economic development.


Initiatives developed under the CARILED umbrella support government authorities as they worked with private sector and civil society partners to:


  • Encourage existing businesses
  • Attract new ventures
  • Provide services that assist entrepreneurs
  • Strengthen local government capacity


For more information on Local Economic Development or CARILED, check out the CARILED Brochure (English) (Spanish) or visit

On March 14, 2017, CARILED signed an MOU handing over the management of this website and all its content to CALGA. This website is a key knowledge management tool, that will be maintained by CALGA and used to share and distribute future information on local economic development in the Caribbean.
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