May 2012

Over 3 million Euro Earmarked To Push CSME Forward

According to Caribbean 360, “Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states have been allocated €3.45 million to help enhance their capacity to further implement the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is to administer the funds, which have been provided through a contribution agreement with the European Union (EU), according to a media release issued recently by the bank.

The beneficiaries of the funds will be the CARICOM member states which comprise CDB’s borrowing member countries, and Suriname.

The funds will be held in a CSME Standby Facility, which will support CSME implementation at the national level.  Under the terms of this agreement, the EU will disburse the funds to CDB, based on verifiable demand.  It is expected that each CARICOM member state will receive at least one grant under the Facility.

These funds are to be used for customised projects aimed at such things as building the administrative capacity of national administrations/agencies involved in CSME implementation, recruitment of short-term consultants and public education.

The implementation period of the Facility will be for three years, however, an extension is possible once both parties agree, stated the CDB release.

According to the findings of a study commissioned by the CARICOM Heads of Government in 2009, the sustainable implementation and effective operation of the CSME is threatened by inadequate capacity, institutions, administrative practices and procedures, and technical facilities and services in the region, noted the CDB in the release.”

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Source: Caribbean 360, News Around The Caribbean.

BCCI and BELTRAIDE Business Mixer

How A Small Country Transformed Itself- The Case of Ireland and The Role FDI played In That Transformation.”

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Belize Trade and Investment Development Services will be hosting  a Business Mixer, on Wednesday June 13, 2012 at 5:00p.m., in the MC Field Conference Centre, BCCI.

Come and listen to the highlight of the day, Mr. David O’ Donovan, the Director of Investment Promotion Agency Development, at Communiqué International, as he shares his ideas and expertise on Industrial Development.

Speeches will also be given by top ranking officials from within Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection.

Let’s be informed with ideas and techniques, vital to propel our country forward.

For more information contact us:

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

14 Orchid Garden St., City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize

Tel: 501-822-3737

Fax: 501-822-0595


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Public Service Information Day 2012

All are invited to the Public Service annual “Public Service Information Day”, to be held on May 30, 2012, from 9:00a.m.- 3:00p.m., at the Governor General’s Field. Come and see Government Ministries and their departments, including the Police, BDF, Meteorology, Education, Environment, Human Development amongst others,  as they showcase their work and provide you with worthwhile information on the services that are offered.

There will be prizes, and surprises, along with raffles and lots of giveaways.

Come on out and learn about the Public Service of Belize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. For additional information visit:





May 24, 2012 – The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) would like to announce to the general public that upon official request from the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), and subsequent to the cancellation of the 1st Call for Proposals for the Regular Procedures, BELTRAIDE will be the channel for the submission of applications for the new call for proposals, scheduled to be published on Monday, June 4th, 2012. The deadline for applications will be Friday, June 29th, 2012, and the documents must be remitted to the offices of Caribbean Export, on or before 2:30pm (BELIZE TIME)!

Applications must be submitted in two (2) hard copies to BELTRAIDE on or between the period June 4th, 2012 to June 29th, 2012, who will be forwarding the applications to CEDA to defray applicant’s expenses relating to courier service. Alternatively, applicants can mail directly to Caribbean Export if this is not the preferred method of submission.

Kindly visit CEDA’s website to obtain the application form and the guideline for application, visit our facebook page at to download, or simply email us so we can forward the application directly to you. The application and guideline will be available as of June 4th, 2012.

For more information, Contact us:

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

14 Orchid Garden St., City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize

Tel: 501-822-3737

Fax: 501-822-0595


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Commonwealth Secretary-General’s First Visit to Belize

“Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma began a three-day visit to Belize on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, which was his first to the country. Mr Sharma heard first-hand how the small Caribbean nation has been coping with the challenges posed by the global fuel, food and financial crises. He also explored how the partnership between Belize and the Commonwealth can be deepened.

“Belize is a highly valued member of the Commonwealth,” stated Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma during his departure speech from the country. “The Commonwealth, as an association of peoples and governments, is enriched by Belize’s membership. For its part, Belize gains from access to the networks of 54 member governments, as well as professional associations and civil society through the sharing of resources, experiences and opportunities. I was honoured to be received so warmly during my visit, from 15 to 18 May, and I depart with appreciation and also a deep and first-hand understanding of Belize’s national challenges and priorities.”

The Secretary-General met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and various members of the Belize cabinet. He will also attend a board meeting of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. Continue reading “Commonwealth Secretary-General’s First Visit to Belize”

BELTRAIDE Participated in Belize Tourism Board’s Village Expo 2012

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service participated in the first ever village expo held on Saturday May 6, 2012, at the Princess Hotel and Casino Kings Room. They were eighty five micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) displaying the variety of products and services that they proffer the Belizean market.

At BELTRAIDE’s booth, information was given regarding the procedures to establish a business, the incentives offered to investors, along with the policies in place to guide business decisions, and the other services that we here at Beltraide have to offer. It must be highlighted that many of our locals and tourists visited our booth.  Continue reading “BELTRAIDE Participated in Belize Tourism Board’s Village Expo 2012”

Thirty Break Point Firms Selected in Caribbean Export Business Competition

The first two phases of Break Point is now complete, and thirty (30) CARIFORUM firms have been selected to participate in coaching before entering the first round of pitches scheduled for June 2012.

The firms chosen represent Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Of those selected, the firms specialize in Agro-processing, Light Manufacturing, Fashion/Garments and the Creative Industries, Professional Services and Specialised Tourism.

The next step is participation in a one-day coaching programme at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Cave Hill School of Business (CHSB). Which will be followed by two virtual coaching sessions. This programme will focus on the strengthening of presentation skills and tips on making business pitches. Participants will also get to hear about the opportunities available for CARIFORUM firms under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Continue reading “Thirty Break Point Firms Selected in Caribbean Export Business Competition”

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