October 10, 2012

“Less Waste, Better Results – Standards Increase Efficiency”

World Standards Day (WSD) is celebrated annually on the 14th of October with the aim of increasing awareness among industry stakeholders, regulators, and consumers on the importance of standardization on global trade. The day honors the efforts of thousands of experts who voluntarily contribute to the development of voluntary standards within recognized organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) or the International Electro technical Commission (IEC). The sphere of standardization revolves around various subject matters to address legitimate issues such as the environment, quality, human health & safety etc, and for this reason each year WSD is celebrated under a specific theme. On its 43rd anniversary, the theme for this year’s WSD celebration is “Less Waste, Better Results – Standards Increase Efficiency”. The theme recognizes that standards and codes help to measure, compare, and increase efficiency and reduce waste in all forms. They create a solid base from which to develop innovative products and services and provide practical guidance on issues that assist economies and organizations to increase their efficiency and effectiveness in meeting customer needs. The state-of-the art know-how contained in international standards and codes helps companies and organizations compete globally, produce more efficiently for more markets, and reduce costs.

The Belize Bureau of Standards has recognized this importance and has celebrated this event for the past three years to increase awareness among its stakeholders. The Bureau also wishes to express gratitude for all those who have contributed to the development of standards either at national or regional level.


The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities launches strategic plan 2012-2017

The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities launched a progressive  energy and technology policy.  “The document provides an outline for the Sustainable Energy Strategy in the development of a low carbon economy by 2033” (MESTPU Strategic Plan 2012-2017, p.Xii).

Within the Strategic plan, specific goals mentioned include:

Update on trade negotiations with Canada!!

The region continues to prepare for negotiations with Canada and I encourage continued feedback on matters discussed below concerning Canada. I understand the importance that many persons have been placing on continued market access to the USA beyond September 30, 2020. (Please see for further info on this). However, the region has prioritized the Canadian negotiations at this time, with the commitment to examine approaches to the USA afterwards.

For Canada, we are moving to the stage where legal text is being finalized and if this matter impacts on the business of your members, it may be prudent to seek to increase the consultations with them urgently so that your critical issues are incorporated into these legal texts. I remain at your disposal to assist with addressing any queries you may have on these negotiations.

Please also continue to check our website( for tradenotes and other trade information products that may be useful to you and your members.


Private Sector Liaison

Office of Trade Negotiations

2nd fl PCJ Building

36 Trafalgar Rd (10)


switchboard: 8769084242

direct: 8769060021

fax: 8767542998



Belize featured in “Global News Matters” a newsletter that represents regional news for regional leaders!

Global News Matter is a project that aims to close the information gap in the Caribbean, in order to allow investors to make decisions with more confidence, and provide businesses with actionable information.   Customers requested the incorporation of Belize in the bi-weekly publication Market Dynamics-Caribbean.  The publication focuses on the political landscape, economic news and information, as well as the industrial arena, and provides comprehensive coverage of the English, Dutch, Spanish and French Caribbean

The  high volume of requests from readers to feature Belize, provided for its complete coverage of Belize, within the publication. Continue reading “Belize featured in “Global News Matters” a newsletter that represents regional news for regional leaders!”

Trade Brief : CARICOM-Canada Negotiations: Prospects for the CARICOM Agriculture and Fisheries Sector


The CARICOM agricultural sector is characterized by a combination of small and medium-scale enterprises both at the primary and secondary stages of production. The historical domination of the sector by plantation export agriculture has all but disappeared in some countries but retains its significance in a select number. The bulk of the sector consists of highly diversified, mainly domestic-oriented enterprises.

Intra-regional trade is similarly highly diversified but is limited, among other things, by issues of transportation, non-tariff restrictions and poor facilities for bulking up and handling. Exports to both CARICOM and non-CARICOM destinations are characterized, for the most part, by low volumes with certain notable exceptions.

The current agricultural and rural model in the Caribbean is based on a combination of historical plantation structures and low input peasant-type production units and is under considerable pressure. Contributing factors include:

  1. the continuous decline in the attractiveness of traditional export markets
  2. increasing competition from larger scale producers in both export and domestic markets
  3. the reduced ability of governments to provide protection to the sector due to commitments made to international development financing bodies, and multilateral and bilateral trade commitments, and
  4. high production costs. Continue reading “Trade Brief : CARICOM-Canada Negotiations: Prospects for the CARICOM Agriculture and Fisheries Sector”

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