Evaluation of the Sustainable Cities Initiative
It is recommended that the Director General, Sustainable Technologies and Services Industries Branch consider implementing the following if SCI is renewed:
- clarification and better communication of SCI's objectives so that all stakeholders know whether it is a trade development or a development assistance program. If it is to be a combination of trade and development assistance, then a horizontal initiative involving departments and/or agencies with the appropriate mandate needs to be established;
- more rigorous application of the existing city selection criteria;
- better matching of the language skills of IC SCI staff with the requirements of the cities with which they are working;
- better alignment of the number of cities SCI is active in with SCI's actual staff levels.
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