Can Belize Kaggle?

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Are you a tech savy programmer or data scientist in Belize looking for a new challenge? Do you feel that you have the skills to compete globally? If yes, then you should definitely visit

Through Kaggle, you can participate in real life competitions with significant payouts and a chance to compete globally for the big win! Kaggle is the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions which focus on analytics and data science. In order to join and compete on Kaggle, simply follow the three (3) steps indicated below:

  1. Enter – Find a competition and download the training data. You don’t need new software / skills to submit
  2. Build – Build a model using whatever methods you prefer and upload your predictions to Kaggle
  3. …Win – Kaggle scores your solution in real time and you’ll see your place on the live leaderboard for your chance to win big!

An example of a recent competition involves Netflix, the online movie platform, ran a competition to develop a model to help them predict which movies customers would request on demand. They offered a prize of USD &1,000,000 to the best model developed. Read the rest of this entry »


The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported a contingent of representatives from four (4) of the Region’s Business Support Organisations (BSOs) to participate in the 8th China LAC Business Summit that was held in Changsha, China between September 12-13, 2014.

The mission to China led by the Honourable Minister Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development for Barbados sought to build relations, discover new potential trading partners and promote the Caribbean for viable investment opportunities.  Speaking at the China LAC Summit, Minister Inniss noted that the areas for future cooperation between China and the Caribbean included financial services, logistics, tourism and hotel development, agribusiness and infrastructure development.

The participation of these BSOs that included JAMPRO, InvestSVG, The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce of Haiti, is an important step towards not only strengthening the capacity of the BSOs to understand the ChiChina LAC1nese market but also to enable the BSOs to work with the regions private sector to strategically target and penetrate the Chinese for exports and investments.

The Caribbean delegates also took the opportunity to further discussions with the Tianjin authorities and business groups on investment and prospects for future trading relations. Meetings with the China Ministry of Commerce, and in particular the International Trade Development Bureau, enabled the discussion on the support that could be offered to the Caribbean allowing for increased access of Caribbean products into the Chinese market.  In addition talks with the China Development Bank led to enlightenment as to how the Caribbean could access available resources in China earmarked for infrastructure development, as well as commercially viable projects in the Caribbean.

Another key meeting that was held during the mission was with ChinaGoAbroad whose members-only platform provides information and connections for Chinese companies as well as their global counterparts seeking international business partners, investment opportunities and joint ventures in a variety of sectors. Future collaboration with these partners will be led by Caribbean Export as the Agency seeks to strategically position the region for trade and investments from China.

The Summit acts as a promotion mechanism and platform for economic & trade cooperation between China and Latin America & the Caribbean and is managed by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The event promotes policy dialogue at the government level, but also promotes Chinese investments in Latin America and Caribbean markets.

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Written by By Shane D. Williams
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
beltraide.jpg - 77.50 KbIn 2013, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service launched the magazine “Invest Belize” in an effort to promote its initiatives and highlight the investment opportunities available in Belize. On Tuesday, September 30, BELTRAIDE unveiled Invest Belize Volume 3 which is concentrating on opportunities available in the agribusiness sector.

Invest Belize Volume 1 focused on offshore business outsourcing and Volume 2 was centered on tourism development. Mike Singh, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Trade, says this edition may be the best yet. BELTRAIDE selected McNab Publishing Limited for Invest Belize Volume 3. McNab has a track record of producing exceptional pieces such as the Flavours of Belize Cookbook, Belize Travel Guide and the Inspirational Calendar. Singh says he is extremely proud of the quality of articles in the magazine: “We are getting articles written by very senior people in government and very qualified people in the private sector.”

Agriculture has always been a key pillar of the Belizean economy and that will not change anytime soon, according to Singh. He says when you look at the investment in sugar by Sartander and the American Sugar Refining (ASR) it is likely that production will more than double in the next three years. Singh says grain production is increasing by almost 50 percent annually and large scale exportation is inevitable.

As the world continues to battle food shortage and world hunger, Belize’s role as a bread basket in this region will continue to evolve. The magazine is available at BELTRAIDE’s website (

Bridgetown, BARBADOS, October 1, 2014. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is supporting the participation of nine (9) CARIFORUM SMEs through funding a collective pavilion at the Innovation Village that forms part of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) scheduled to be held at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago during October 9-11, 2014.

Following a recent Expression of Interest that involved video pitches, the Agency selected the nine firms from 5 Caribbean countries who are producing a range of products and services that range from educational applications to animation and new media production, as well as energy efficient products, thus highlighting innovation as a critical component of the CARIFORUM economy.

Executive Director of the Agency, Pamela Coke-Hamilton stressed that “innovation can be a catalyst for growth and development across CARIFORUM and it is part of our mandate to support firms that use creativity and innovation in their products and services because it’s a great stimulus for achieving global competitiveness”. Integral to CARIFORUM’s transition to an innovation driven economy is the nurturing of a culture of creativity and transformation of the business climate so that innovation drives competitiveness.

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Through their participation at the Innovation Village it is hoped firms will gain access to new markets and potential investment opportunities from the visitors to the exhibition over the three (3) days. The theme of this years’ ACF is “The Human Imagination at Work: Driving Competitiveness, Powering Innovation” and the attending firms will be among some of the best local, regional, and international companies in the fields of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Health and Safety, Environment, Defense and Security, and will be exposed to a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse audience from across the Western Hemisphere.

Participating firms include; BrainStreet Group from Guyana; EZLearner Inc., Dyslexia Tool Kit and Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. out of Barbados; Paywise Limited, IXanos Ltd and Tentative Studios from Trinidad and Tobago; Avantilles from Martinique and Alcyone Animation Limited from Jamaica.


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