In 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.
A Global 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.
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.
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”
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 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”. Continue reading “CARBON EXPO – Cologne, Germany May 30 – June 1, 2012 Official Report by Mr. Michael Singh”