Beyond Public Private Partnerships - Local Community Involvement

The Press Interviews the President of the Dominica Community Tourism Association Inc., Mrs. Josephine Dublin-Prince, on location at the Mero Community in Dominica. A great deal of excellent work has been done in building working public and private partnerships (known as PPPs) for sustainable development.  It is important that we move beyond Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) to engage and involve local communities.  We need to work on building Public-Private-Community Partnerships (PPCPs).

At the end of the day, the private sector controls the market.  True sustainable development involves the spawning of entrepreneurial opportunities and linkages for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Employees need to become employers. The private sector has a key role to play in facilitating this development process.  Tourism-related business need to be activated through real community partnerships and outsourcing.  For example, instead of owning gardening equipment and hiring gardeners, partner with entrepreneurs to deliver the required services. One of the real challenges is the development of mechanisms through which this community involvement process can be activated. This is why, in developing the Tourism Master Plan for Dominica,  we proposed the development of a mechanism that could activate tourism development at the community level – the Community-Based Tourism Experiences and Niche Networks (CBTENNs). The CBTENN is meant to ring to life Public Private Community Partnerships in a tangible way.

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