October 2012

Launch of the ACPCultures+ Programme’s second Call for Proposals.

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has the pleasure to inform you that the second Call for Proposals of the ACPCultures+ Programme has been launched on Septembe,18 2012. It will be closed on December, 20 2012.

This Call for Proposals to which EUR 14 800 000 has been allocated, is addressed to ACP and European operators carrying out cooperation projects in the field of audiovisual and cultural sectors.  This second and last call for proposals within the 10th EDF is different from the first call for proposals for the following points: new priorities, a widespread range of eligible operators and projects and a new grant range.

The application forms and all necessary information relative to the Call are available on the website of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation EuropeAid : click-here

“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



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