The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is pleased to invite eligible small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to submit applications for Japan-LAC Business Forum 2013, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on November 7-8, 2013. The Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is notable for its achievements in agriculture, renewable energies, and innovative social policies. In light of these achievements, Japan is seeking to strengthen its ties with the LAC region in an effort to support its high growth in the next decades. Both regions are currently on complementary stages of their economic and demographic cycles, which will lead to various opportunities and synergies.


In an effort to support the internationalization of small and medium-sized companies across the region, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will finance the participation costs for up to five (5) SMEs from Belize (voucher of up to US $1300 for the purchase of plane tickets and up to three (3) nights at a hotel accommodation for one representative per company).

SMEs must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for IDB’s financial support:

  • Submit innovative and international profile
  • Must be an exporter (priority will be given to those that export to Asia, particularly Japan)
  • Must be English speaking
  • Must have a working website
  • Must have special interest to trade, import, or invest in Japan.
  • The SME should also fall within one of the following fields:
    • Energy
    • Logistics
    • Infrastructure
    • Sustainability
    • Architecture/Urbanism
    • Renewable energy
    • Agri-business

Note: In order for the SME profiles to be considered, the company must also register as a SME on

For more information, please contact the Export Development Unit at BELTRAIDE:

Address: 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan

Phone (501) 822-3737 / 822-0175