One of our partners, The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) through its Competitive Business Unit (CBU) has been measuring the impact of the outbreak of the coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and business support organisations (BSOs) in the OECS.
Their short surveys have been used to seek to identify and assess the consequences that enterprises are experiencing in various aspects of their business including sourcing their inputs, their production of goods and services, their sales and exports, trade logistics and the impact on their staffing and employment.
With regards to Business Support Organisation, the survey seeks information on the impact of the operations and service delivery to their clients. The survey seeks to highlight the impacts as well as opportunities. The key objective to assess the needs of enterprises and Business Support Organisations. The OECS would like to get a sense of the types of support measures and initiatives that businesses and BSOs may need to alleviate the challenges that COVID 19 has unleashed.
This survey will be part of the broader set of actions and steps that are being taken at the national and regional level by governments, agencies and business support organisations to assess and respond to the impacts of the Corona Virus.