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May 2012

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”

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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”

May 14, 2012 Lord Ashcroft and Prime Minister Barrow’s Peace Talk


If you felt the ground shake on Friday night, that is because there is a major shift in relations between the government and Lord Michael Ashcroft. Ashcroft, the man who has been at the epicenter of an open war by the government in the past three years and in endless litigation in local and overseas courts, was in Belize last week. The occasion was a celebration to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Belize Bank. The guests assembled at the Radisson Hotel and the Prime Minister delivered the keynote address and unveiled the new logo and tagline for the Bank. There, came the first public statement by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in respect of the Ashcroft’s group of companies. In a well crafted address on the ongoing Central Bank dispute with the Belize Bank, the PM signaled that cooperation not confrontation was the way forward.
  Continue reading “May 14, 2012 Lord Ashcroft and Prime Minister Barrow’s Peace Talk”

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