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June 2012

Metrology Building for the Belize Bureau of Standards


The Belize Bureau of Standards is proud to announce the coming of a Metrology building for Belize.  With this building, the Bureau will see the establishment of its scientific capabilities that will benefit the industry and consumers in the country. The establishment of calibration laboratories in the areas of mass, volume, pressure, dimension and temperature will enable the Bureau to provide much needed services to both private and public sectors. The procurement of this new infrastructure will see an expansion of Bureau’s current legal metrology services as well as the introduction of further activities in industrial Metrology. The Bureau welcomes and anticipates the completion of this project as it will mark an important milestone in the growth and development of this institution.

Contact us at 822-0446.

Public Advisory From Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection


GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE

Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection

21st June 2012

PUBLIC ADVISORY

The Belize Gaming Control Board has been receiving information of the existence of several unlicensed gaming houses in Belize. We advise the general public that there are only five (5) licensed Gaming Premises in the country that are allowed to have “gaming” meaning “the playing of any game of chance for winnings in money’s worth”.

Any company that holds poker tournaments or any other card games for money’s worth, without a license issued by the Gaming Control Board is clandestine and we ask the public to refrain from doing business with these illegal entities.  Any violation to the Gaming Control Act and its Regulations shall be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

If you need further information about gaming in Belize, please contact the Gaming Control Board in Belmopan, Belize at Tel. (501) 822-0405, Fax (501) 822-2854 or Email: InvestmentBelize@yahoo.com.

 

 

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Policy and Strategy for Belize


It is recognised that Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) represent a significant share of economic activity in Belize; however, there is no specific legislation providing fiscal and operational benefits to this sector. BELTRAIDE through funding from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), has completed a Draft MSME Policy and Strategy for Belize to support the development of this key sector. The policy was developed to reflect best practices regionally and internationally, as well as to identify the needs of the sector and analyze Belize’s business environment.  After completing national consultations with both private and public stakeholders, this policy has now transformed into reality.

The National MSME Policy and Strategy encompasses definitional, legislative and regulatory framework, increase flow of capital, enhance market access and competitiveness, and education and training. Additionally, it includes the overarching goals of the policy, and recommendations, as well as outlines Government’s support and commitment to programs aimed at SME development.

To facilitate the growth and development of MSMEs, the Policy and Strategy proposes programs to improve competitiveness, to facilitate access to larger markets, to allow access to affordable Micro-finance with minimal cost of forming a business, as well as to foster entrepreneurial development and build personal, technical and management skills.

The promotion of MSMEs will improve the competitiveness of the Belizean economy, generate additional employment, and improve the quality and range of goods and services available in the local and international markets.

In order to be passed as the National MSMEs policy and strategy, the Government of Belize (GOB) has to endorse it. The final document of the policy and strategy will be presented to Cabinet in the upcoming cabinet meeting.

In order to obtain a copy of the MSME Policy and Strategy, please feel free to contact BELTRAIDE.

Belize Participates in The 16th Annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference


Approximately one hundred and fifty delegates from all over the Caribbean, United Kingdom, and United States, including two from Belize, gathered at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino for the 16th Annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, held April 24th to 26th, in Puerto Rico. This three days event incorporated some of the Caribbean Tourism Industry’s top decision makers, allowing them the opportunity to share their perspectives on investment opportunities, and development in the region. Participants ranged from architects to designers, developers, financial advisors, hotel owners, hotel chains executives, to tourism and government officials.

With the Caribbean showing signs of recovery, there was no better time to focus on the investment opportunities that lies ahead for the region. Delegates were primarily provided with the latest statistics, analysis, prediction and projections for the Caribbean’s tourism industry.

When it came to the discussion session, critical topics were placed on the table. They were knowledgeable, conversant and analytical panelist present, which included four members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism, which is the highest decision making body of the region’s tourism development agency.

Topics discussed included challenges facing the Caribbean, new opportunities to be tapped into, as well as the power of branding, and using social media. The importance of having greater collaboration between the public and private sector was emphasized also, and feasible approaches were identified to foster future collaboration.  Since many hoteliers and other stakeholders have been facing crucial quandary particularly with regards to their assets, strategies and options to deal with troubled assets were identified.

Overall, we must mention that with Tourism being the most pivotal industry within the economies of the region, it is imperative that the industry expands, specifically by attracting new investment. This is extremely important in order for the region to be able to maintain its competitive advantage as the leading and most reliable warm- weather destination in the world.

 

 

MOU with DFC


ImageIn March 2012, Beltraide signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Development Finance Corporation (DFC).   Through closer collaboration, we expect to provide more efficient and seamless services to Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) especially in credit facilitation.  Since then, a working committee has been developed in order to actively promote the services of parties, existing projects, and program activities.  The execution of a joint work plan includes the development of promotional materials, execution of joint road shows, co-sponsorship and participation in capacity building workshops for clients.  A major component of this partnership is the establishment of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which will also be co-financed by DFC.

Global Network Fibre Symposium


A GlobaImagel Network Fibre Symposium entitled Natural Fibres Industries: Building Collaborative Networks for Success was held in Kingston, Jamaica 29-30 May 2012 to promote the uses and  opportunities of natural fibres in the region.  This  Natural Fibres Project has been  an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat ( ComSec) since  2009 when the United Nations declared it as the Year of Natural Fibres. The network includes partners in Africa, Asia, India and the Caribbean.  

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“Small Business Development Center in Belize”


Within the next couple months, BELTRAIDE,  through partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Organization of American States (OAS), Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will be establishing a  Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Belize.  The SBDC model was developed in the U.S. in which the centers act as a main source of  providing managerial and technical support to small businesses through partnership from private sector, public sector and academia.

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Outsourcing in the Americas 2012 Nearshore Nexus Conference


Belize has been receiving increasing attention from U.S. Companies seeking an alternative to low cost destinations in Asia and India. Americas Nearshore Nexus was the premiere conference that connected countries like Belize to the faster-growing IT services and BPO (Business Processing Outsourcing) Region in the world.  With more than 20 expert speakers representing more than 14 different countries in the Americas, Nearshore Nexus was the conference of the year.  The conference was by “invitation only”, designed especially for senior-level business, IT and Finance Executives seeking to gain high-value connections and knowledge about utilizing offshore business process operations in Latin America and the Caribbean – and BELIZE was there! Continue reading “Outsourcing in the Americas 2012 Nearshore Nexus Conference”

CARBON EXPO – Cologne, Germany May 30 – June 1, 2012 Official Report by Mr. Michael Singh


The Carbon Expo 2012 is a leading international trade fair and knowledge-sharing platform for carbon investments, and clean technologies. This event brought together project developers, service providers, buyers and sellers of carbon credits, and other public and private stakeholders.

The Carbon Expo presented Belize with an opportunity to showcase Belize as an attractive destination for CDM[1] projects and the voluntary carbon market. In addition to showcasing Belize, Carbon Expo 2012 provided the country with the opportunity to attract carbon finance to develop climate-friendly projects and to encourage the transfer of cutting edge technologies and know-how. Belize has huge potential for carbon market projects that provide sustainable development benefits. These projects range from renewable energy, to solid waste, landfill recovery, to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. To date the Caribbean accounts for less than 1 percent of the more than 4, 000 CDM projects registered in more than 70 countries. Belize’s participation was made possible under a Clean Development Mechanism Capacity Building Programme which falls under the umbrella of a UNEP- European Union cooperation activity on “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environment Agreements in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”.[2] Continue reading “CARBON EXPO – Cologne, Germany May 30 – June 1, 2012 Official Report by Mr. Michael Singh”

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