Revitalization of the Sponging Industry (IADB-BH-M1013)

  • Bahamas
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  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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Voting Date
Dec 15, 2015
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The Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.54 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 1.12 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Jan 15, 2016

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Project Description
The objective of the Technical Cooperation project is to assist the spongers in The Bahamas to increase their global market share through the following activities: i) surveying the current state of the Bahamian sponge industry to look at the sustainability and capacity of the natural resource. ii) Investigating avenues of sustainable growth of the industry for sponge farming and expanded use of the total sponge. iii) Educating and training the spongers in methods to grow their sponging businesses which will involve technical and business training. iv) Marketing and promotion of the Bahamian Sponging industry both locally and internationally to maximize the opportunities for job creation and increased income. v) Strengthening of the Fisheries Alliance Association to develop among the members high standards of conduct, practice and responsibility in the pursuit of their trade.
Investment Description
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
The total cost of this non-reimbursable Technical Cooperation project is USD 1,118,150. The IDB will finance up to USD 540,000 through the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and Country Counterpart Financing will provide up to USD 582,700.
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