July 2012


The World Bank Releases New Services Trade Restrictions Database

The World Bank has released a new tool for services companies, academics, government officials, and trade associations. It provides data on services trade policies across 103 countries (24 developed and 79 developing), 18 services sectors from within 5 broad industries (financial, telecommunications, retailing, transportation and professional services) and 3 modes of delivery (cross-border, commercial presence, presence of natural persons). The Database is now publicly available below.

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The First Step To Establishing Medical Tourism In Belize

Belize has once again identified another gateway to attracting more visitors, and investors to our country, which is, through the emergence of Medical Tourism. With this being said, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), will be having the first ever workshop on Medical Tourism in Belize; with the purpose of developing a country profile. This workshop will be held on August 3, 2012, from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., at the George Price Center, in the City of Belmopan.

Mr. Massimo Manzi, the IADB Consultant, and the Executive Director of the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED) will be the moderator at this workshop.  Topics to be discussed include, the global industry of medical tourism; key elements for a successful country strategy; and Belize’s way to medical tourism.

If you are interested to be a part of such initiative, please feel free to contact Ms. Ruby Pascascio, Projects Officer at, or Ms. Florence Cayetano, Public Relations Officer, at for further information.

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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Participate In Expo Cibao 2012

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating participation for 15 CARIFORUM companies in the agroindustry sector to attend Expo Cibao 2012 in the Dominican Republic. This expo will be held  from September 10-16, 2012.

Suitable applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in the show (Exhibition, Forum and B2B meetings). This submission must be made to Romily Thevenin, Research and Communication Officer at by August 3, 2012 by 4:30 PM. 

For further information on the show and application details please feel free to contact Romily Thevenin, Communication & Research Officer, Caribbean Export, or  access the web site

National Cultural Policy Consultation July- August 2012

The National Institute of Culture and History hereby informs the general public that countrywide consultations will be carried out during July and August 2012 to develop a National Cultural Policy.

The consultations are designed to identify the linkages between culture and development and to discuss economic, social, and cultural factors which should be considered in the decision- making process at the national level.

The end goal is to develop a better understanding of Belizean culture; encourage social participation; develop positive cultural attitudes; and introduce a policy which reflects the desire of Belizeans for the development of culture and arts.

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Growth Prospects For Latin America and The Caribbean Could Top 5%.

According to Caribbean 360, News Around The Caribbean,The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is reporting a “surprising upside” coming out of its recently released The World Economic and Financial Survey 2012.

According to the Washington-based multilateral institution, growth prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean have moved up by quarter percentage point compared with the forecasts presented in the April 2012 World Economic Outlook.

The growth projections for Latin America and the Caribbean in April 2012 stood at 3.4% for 2012 and 4.2% for 2013; but now, the new projections from the IMF states that growth for the region stands at 3.5% for 2012 and 5.1% for 2013.

The IMF did acknowledge that the upward movement was partly due to temporary factors, among them easing financial conditions and recovering confidence in response to the European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) longer-term refinancing operations (LTROs). Continue reading “Growth Prospects For Latin America and The Caribbean Could Top 5%.”


Vacancy Announcement for Host Family Coordinator (HFC)

United States Peace Corps in Belize

Basic Functions of the Position:

The Host Family Coordinator (HFC) is responsible for the general community outreach and oversight of Peace Corps Belize’s Volunteer home stay program. The Host Family Coordinator is tasked with the recruitment and orientation of safe and appropriate host families for Volunteers assigned in communities throughout Belize.

Qualifications – Education/Experience:

Associate degree and 5-7 years of relevant work experience in education, community outreach and organizing, business administration, tourism management or related field.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes:

  • Must possess strong cultural and geographic knowledge of Belize.
  • Ability to identify and respect differences and similarities between U.S. and local cultures.
  • Must have experience in community outreach.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Must have positive attitude and commit to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Must be highly reliable, self-motivated, detail oriented and a quick learner.
  • Ability to work well independently and effectively as a member of a team.
  • Excellent logistics and planning skills.
  • Experience in providing orientation and training preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally and write effectively in English.
  • Must possess strong IT skills and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products including ease in using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skills in database management.
  • Must have knowledge of file management practices and possess exceptional organizational skills.
  • Must possess Spanish fluency; knowledge of indigenous languages preferred.
  • Drive a standard (manual) transmission vehicle.
  • Experience and ease with long-distance driving.
  • Flexibility for overnight stays when required.
  • Knowledge of communities and rural villages throughout Belize.

Position Salary and Position Duration: Salary range is $34,000 to $41,000 and negotiable based on previous experience and qualifications. One-year contract renewable upon satisfactory performance.

Application Process/Deadline:

Must be a Belizean citizen or possess Belizean work visa in order to apply.

  • Submit resume with cover letter and two reference contacts’ information to or mail to P.O. Box 492, 6130 Iguana Avenue, Belmopan
  • The due date for applications is Friday August 3, 2012. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Contracting Officer.
  • The successful applicant will be required to pass a thorough security background check. For a complete position description please send a request to

Mike’s Gringo Life, Tuesday July 10th, 2012

Mike’s Gringo Life, Tuesday July 10th, 2012.

Belize Participated in the Fourth Annual LAC FLAVORS Food Show in Antigua, Guatemala

                                             PRESS RELEASE

July 19, 2012– Approximately one hundred and twenty food exporters from across Meso America and Haiti gathered in Antigua, Guatemala, to participate in the fourth annual Latin American Caribbean (LAC) Flavors food show, held from July 12th -13th , 2012. Belize was present at this food show, with representatives from Paradise Shrimp Farm, and The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through the sponsorship of the Inter-American Development Bank.

A Buyer-Seller Meeting provided technical support to attendees by incorporating a newly developed “matchmaking” system. This system allowed the small and medium sized producers of organic fruits, vegetables, sea food and processed goods to collaborate with food importing firms from Canada, U.S., China, South Korea, and Japan, who have special interest in purchasing food items, from the participating suppliers.

As a result of participating in this show, connections were developed with various distributors and buyers from Latin and North America. Generally, there was prominent interest in the importation of Belizean papayas, mangoes, melons, bananas, oranges and sour saps from Belize. There were other contact leads geared towards manufacturers of bottles and packaging materials.


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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