FIDC works to deliver the objectives set out in the Rural Development Strategy and, in collaboration with the Rural Development Strategy Steering Group and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors, to help further develop Camp as a thriving community and economy.
The Rural Development Strategy (RDS), sets out a comprehensive response to the development needs of the Falkland Islands rural hinterland, known locally as Camp. The RDS complements the Economic Development Strategy (EDS) ensuring that Camp makes a strong contribution to, and benefits from, the growth of the Falkland Island’s economy. It aims “to maintain Camp in order to encourage a well-populated, economically and socially sustainable community integrated within the national economy”. The strategy is made up of five priorities:
The strategy has been designed to address the needs of Camp over a five year period (2012-2017). The strategy provides a route map for the future development of Camp, identifying the policies required to achieve sustainable growth. The annual Action Plan contains details on projects and budgets which will be delivered to achieve the strategic objectives.
Here at FIDC we are already delivering actions contained within the strategy. The RDS is incorporated into our higher strategic goal of increasing the self-sustainability of the Falkland Island's economy. Our corporate structure reflects our commitment to rural development with the RDS Coordinator role being central to our operations. We have been helping to achieve numerous objectives of the RDS and have been assisting with the following:
Increase the value of economic activity in Camp.
Increase the economically active population in Camp.
Broaden the range of services available in Camp.
Increase the accessibility of both public and private services for Camp residents, so as to improve the overall quality of life in Camp.
Manage, protect and conserve the natural environment.
We have undertaken numerous projects to achieve these objectives, including introducing an Import Substitution Programme, improving the road signage in Camp, producing a tourist map for Camp and recruiting a RDS key worker to operate within Camp.
FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands and is tasked to develop the commercial sector of the Falkland Islands by being one of the principal partners delivering the Economic, Rural and Tourism Development Strategies.
To help drive sustainable economic growth and assist in the creation of new jobs and opportunities, FIDC provides various forms of support and assistance to the Falkland’s business community.
Working towards a highly successful, diverse and sustainable economy for the Falkland Islands