USAID Caribbean Business Enabling Environment Reform Activity (CBEE-R)

Status: 2022-2025, Ongoing

The USAID Caribbean Business Enabling Environment Reform (CBEE-R) is a three-year $8.6 million activity that aims to improve the business enabling environment in the region, contributing to stronger and more resilient businesses, and unlocking investment opportunities for economic growth. CBEE-R activities will improve policies that enhance businesses’ access to electricity, internet connectivity, digital financial services, and access to finance through improved private sector engagement, a more effective public-private dialogue, and inclusive and participatory public policy assessment, development, and implementation. 

CBEE-R will implement activities to support the achievement of the following results:  

  • Access to Electricity for Business Improved  
  • Internet Connectivity and Use Increased; and Open, Inclusive and Secure Digital Economy Advanced  
  • Access to Digital Financial Services for Businesses Improved  
  • Improved Conditions for Firm Access to Finance  
  • Regulatory Compliance Rationalized/Streamlined   
  • Public-Private Dialogue Established or Enhanced and Effective 

Meet the CBEE-R Team!


  • Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Country / Countries

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Dominica
  • Barbados
  • The Bahamas
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • Saint Lucia
  • Suriname

Areas of Expertise

Enabling Environment

The objective of CBEE-R is to enhance the business enabling environment (BEE) in the Caribbean region, which will lead to more robust and resilient businesses and unlock investment opportunities to stimulate economic growth. The program will accomplish this goal by improving BEE in various ways, including facilitating better access to electricity for businesses, providing more dependable and affordable internet connectivity to promote an inclusive, secure digital economy, establishing a more favorable business environment for accessing digital financial services, and streamlining regulatory compliance to facilitate easier access to finance. Furthermore, CBEE-R will encourage meaningful and effective public-private dialogue.

Capacity Building

An essential element of CBEE-R’s implementation involves enhancing the capabilities of the public and private sectors in the Caribbean to undertake critical BEE reforms by providing specialized training, technical support, and grants. The program aims to bolster the capacity to establish a robust and meaningful Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) where the private sector’s concerns are acknowledged and addressed by policymakers in the public sector. CBEE-R will offer comprehensive grant programs to support capacity building and grantees during the grant application, co-creation process, and implementation stages.

Financial Sector

CBEE-R seeks to enhance financial services and empower businesses in the Caribbean by facilitating their access to necessary financial resources to promote growth and expansion. The program also aims to boost digital financial services by providing training and capacity building in digital financial literacy and developing appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks to enable access to such services.

Innovation and Digitalization

CBEE-R aims to bolster digitalization efforts and e-government initiatives to align with international best practices to strengthen the government’s ability to implement business environment reforms. This will facilitate and support the private sector and citizens in utilizing these services.

Gender and Inclusivity

CBEE-R prioritizes gender and social inclusion (GESI) considerations in all its activities and technical assistance. For instance, the program provides adequate childcare support during training activities to ensure the participation of women with young children. Moreover, since most women-owned businesses in the region are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), CBEE-R’s activities that target improving access to finance for firms will disproportionately benefit women entrepreneurs.