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CARICOM Trade Support Programme Loan


The CARICOM Trade Support (CTS) Programme provides loans to finance business development projects.  Loans are provided on an interest-free basis and must be used for the purposes of procuring technical assistance services which are to be delivered by consultants.

The CTS Programme was established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to help Caribbean Community (CARICOM) States in improving trade capacity and enhancing the performance of their individual economies.




Who can apply for a CTSP Loan?

CTSP loans are available to for-profit firms operating in any industrial sector that meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a legally registered private firm, corporation, limited liability firm or public firm.
  • The applicant must have its base of operation in a CARICOM Member State other than Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of three years trading experience, either directly or through an affiliated firm.

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What is the process for applying for a CTSP Loan?

Copies of the application form can be picked up from the CTS Programme Secretariat.

 

CTS Programme Secretariat

CARICOM Trade Support Programme

6A Victoria Avenue

Queens Park West

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 627-2877

Fax. (868) 623-8119

E-mail: info@caricomtradesupport.org

 

The following supporting documentation must be submitted with each application form:

  • A Technical Project Proposal.
  • Copy of the Certificate of Registration.
  • Audited financial statements for the most recent three years of operation.

 

Completed application forms, together with all supporting documentation, can be e-mailed, mailed or faxed to the CTS Programme Secretariat.  In cases where an application is submitted by e-mail without the supporting documents, these must be submitted to the CTS Secretariat within five working days.

 


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What happens after an application is submitted?

A CTS Programme technical staff member will review and assess the application and request omitted or additional information, if necessary.  As part of the assessment, a member of the technical staff may also visit the applicant's location.  The application will then be reviewed and either approved or rejected.  Processing an application can take from two to three weeks.  If an applicant is approved to receive a loan, the loan funds are distributed within six to eight weeks of the completed application being submitted.

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How much does it cost?

There are no fees associated with applying for a CTS Programme loan.

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Where can I find more information?

For further information, please contact the CTS  Programme office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.

 

CARICOM Trade Support Programme

6A Victoria Avenue

Queens Park West

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 627-2877

Fax. (868) 623-8119

E-mail: info@caricomtradesupport.org

 


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