The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), will be facilitating a Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) workshop, focusing on grant proposal writing. It is being held today Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, from 8:30am – 3:30pm.


The facilitators of the workshop:

  • Ms. Celestine Moe, Grant Advisor, Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Mr. Kirk Brown, Senior Grant Advisor, Caribbean Export Development Agency


The objectives of DAGS, include:

  • Opening new markets; increasing exports to the Caribbean Region and/or other International Markets
  • Capitalizing on the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME), CARICOM-Dominican Republic FTA or any other bilateral or multilateral arrangements signed by the region within the region or with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries or European partners
  • Fostering intra-regional cooperation to enhance productivity and capitalize on economies of scale
  • Promoting programs which will impact underdeveloped areas or disadvantage sectors within the region (e.g. rural area development and gender)


The criteria for participants are:

  1.       i.        Be a firm (i.e. entity, individual or company), legally registered and operating in a CARIFORUM member state; or


  1.     ii.        Be a legally registered Business Support Organization (BSOs) in a CARIFORUM member state partnering with at least two (2) private sector firms;


  1.    iii.        Be firms trading and operational for at least two (2) years supported by last two years financial statements/accounts (no start-ups);


  1.    iv.        Be able to finance and sustain their projects fully at the beginning; that is 100% financing is available prior to project initiation; and


  1.      v.        Be exporting or demonstrate their potential to export goods and services;