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August 13, 2012

INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE ARTS PRESENTS THE FIRST EVER CREATIVE VILLAGE AT EXPO 2012


As a continuation to the Artists in Development Program the National Institute of Culture and History through the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) is partnering with the Music Industry of Belize and the Belize Chamber of Commerce to create a space at the 2012 Expo, where they will allow Belizean Artists to showcase their works of art and connect with the community.

In order for this to be a success ICA is looking for artists, cultural workers and associations, to showcase their creative designs, products and services at the ICA Creative Village.

Interested Applicants Must:

  • Fall into either the Jewelry, fashion design, visual art, music, record label/ studios,  or creative associations.
  • Have at least one reference of authenticity in regards to their works, or have a registered creative business or be member of a registered art association.

A registration fee of $60.00 is charged, and it will provide artists with a 10*10 booth space, 1 table, 2 chairs, lunch for both days and 1 mannequin (if needed).

Submission of Application Form

Interested participants must complete an application form, which can be found in the link at the bottom of the page. Along with the form, they are required to:

  1.  Include a portfolio including pictures or sketches of the pieces that will be exhibited.
  2. Include Business Cards or brochures with contact information.
  3. Have an assistant who will be responsible for the bookings of orders, as well as answer any questions about the products.
  4. Fashion designers will also be responsible to submit 1 model of their choice along with their measurements.

Click here for the application form.

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Medical Tourism In Belize


For the last few years, medical tourism has been a hot topic in Belize. It seems like a no brainer for this inviting Central American country, nestled on the Caribbean Sea. This is an English speaking democracy. The government is based on the British parliamentary system. Contracts are logical and easy for North Americans and Britsh to understand. There are only 330,000 residents in Belize. It takes little more than two hours to fly here from Miami or Houston. And although local medical care is good, there are still few medical specialists in the country.

If medical tourism is nurtured, it would result in access to a broader selection of highly trained specialist doctors in the country. Medical tourism would provide a long term boost to tourism. And that would have a positive impact on the Belizean economy.

Foreign doctors are standing in line, anxious to open the first medical tourism facility in Belize. And the Prime Minister can claim bragging rights as soon as the first medical tourism group begins constructing a first world quality hospital or specialty clinic. Medical tourism will attract an entirely different group of tourists to Belize. As well as their dollars…

The Local Perspective on Medical Tourism in Belize

For those of us who live in Belize, we are anxiously waiting for medical tourism to be permitted. We understand that this is a politically loaded topic. Continue reading “Medical Tourism In Belize”

Vacancies Available at CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)


Please follow the link to view the three available vacancies at CROSQ:

Vacancy – Legal Officer – 10th EDF EPA-TBT Project (2)

Vacancy – Project Coordinator – 10th EDF EPA-TBT Project

Vacancy – Technical Officer Acc Conf Assess – 10th EDF EPA-TBT Project (2)

 

How Can Belize Reap The Best Fruits From Our Agricultural Sector?


According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, the Agricultural sector, which is the backbone for our country’s revenues, had once again reduced its contribution to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product. This time, it was a much more significant decrease of 3.4%, from 2010 to 2011. One is left to plunder, how can we now address such dilemma?

With this sector being one of utmost importance to our country, necessary attention must be given particularly, by the primary stakeholders. Whether we are talking about the producers, processors, health authority, NGO’s, policy makers, or just the everyday consumer, we must ensure a quick rebound of this sector.

As producers, capitalize on your land, embrace capacity building and reap the best fruits from your land.  One way to do this is by engaging in multi-cropping, that is, cultivating two or more crops in the same space, at the same time. Multi-cropping can be done with tomatoes and cabbages, ocro and yams, sweet pepper and cucumber, or even lime and oranges; by the end of the day, these will lead to the intensification of land use; and division of production cost between these products.

Apart from farmers playing their role, it should in the best interest of policy makers, to provide positive incentives to these farmers, in order for them to be able to increase their production.  One such incentive can be in the form of land, increasing producers’ access to land, would certainly expand these producers cultivated area and increase their level of production, which will create employment for Belizeans. Continue reading “How Can Belize Reap The Best Fruits From Our Agricultural Sector?”

Standard for Public Comments: Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality


The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) wishes to notify the relevant stakeholders and the general public that the standard “Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality” is being developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). The draft standard “Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality” is out for public comments and inputs. Stakeholders are asked to note, on approval of the standard by COTED, the BBS will adopt the same as a national standard. The deadline for submission of comments to the Bureau of Standards is September 5, 2012. The standard is also available on request from the BBS office. Comments can be mailed to the BBS at bbs@btl.net  or email at stds.officer@bbs.gov.bz.

Please refer to the attached documents.

regional recreational water quality draft 2 [1]

guidelines for recreational water quality comments form[1]

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