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September 2013

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to visit the jewel


Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to visit the jewel

Roosevelt Skerrit

Late this evening, the government announced that the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, will be arriving this Wednesday in the country. Skerrit is a guest of the government during the remaining Independence Day celebrations which include the official Independence Day ceremonies in Belmopan. Following his arrival, Skerrit will be paying a courtesy visit on the Prime Minister Dean Barrow and will also be taking time to experience the jewel’s natural beauty. Skerrit will be accompanied by Collin McIntyre, Minister of Trade of Dominica. Their visit ends on September twenty-second September. Recently, the Prime Minister was having a bumpy ride back in Dominica. In early September, following fiery public criticism, Skerrit’s government withdrew the nomination of Alix-Boyd Knights as a candidate for the presidency of Dominca. Knights is the current Speaker of the House and the criticism over her nomination was that she was biased against the opposition.

 

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Final Working Session for Belize Medical Tourism Association


Final Working Session for Belize Medical Tourism Association.


Invitation Final Working Session of BMTA


MT Forum (3)

Compete Caribbean


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Submit your proposal to Compete Caribbean by October 31, 2013 and compete for up to US$500,000 to develop your idea! We welcome any innovative project, from any economic sector and any size of firm. However all firms must be resident in a CARIFORUM country and be prepared to provide counterpart funding of 50% of the cost of the project (of which up to 50% can be in kind). 

BELTRAIDE’s participation at Expo through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) making an impact!


DSCN5126 DSCN5127Participating in events such as expositions and trade shows are considered to provide extensive benefits, including that of economic gains, to other less quantifiable benefits such as exposure.  From its inception four years ago, Expo Belize Market Place has provided a gateway for entrepreneurs and the general business/non-business community to showcase their products and services and obtain an edge on the competition. This year, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) couldn’t miss it!

BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) attended Expo Belize along with three entrepreneurs.  The products that were being showcased were those of Bella Dee’s (Soaps, Massage Oils and other), Amarabi Seasonings ( Marinades) and Gayla’s Arts. The location and the versatility of our participating clients and staff allowed for more than 500+ visitors to the booth, allowing for our entrepreneurs to sell and promote their products. One of the entrepreneurs enthusiastically expressed “I am very grateful for the invitation to participate in this year’s expo along SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE, I am extremely impressed at my consultant’s persistence, determination, and assistance in meeting my expressed needs, I would definitely participate in this show next year”. Similar sentiments were shared from the other participants.

The expo proved to be an excellent marketing gateway that allowed for our clients to not only sell their products but establish the networking needed to foster and further develop their business. Sincere appreciation to the team at BELTRAIDE and its unit SBDCBelize for making a great impact in this year’s Expo Belize!

 

 

 

 

Workshop on Women’s Micro-sized Enterprises Start-up and Credit Facilities


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Since the late 1960s, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been offering international assistance through technical cooperation programs, while establishing friendly relations with countries in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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In the 1980s, as a result of Taiwan considerable economic achievements and a favorable international trade balance, Taiwan intensified its lending and cooperation programs.  Over the past few decades, the Committee of International Technical Cooperation (CITC) and the International Economic Cooperation Development Fund (IECDF) accumulated invaluable experiences as they demonstrated solid achievements in bilateral cooperation.

As the cooperative ventures became more complex and diverse, and the international community began to look to Taiwan for more cooperation, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) was founded in 1996 to consolidate and manage these initiatives.  This marked a new stage in Taiwan’s international cooperation program. Continue reading “Workshop on Women’s Micro-sized Enterprises Start-up and Credit Facilities”

SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to access SBDCGlobal.com ” A Trade Platform just for you”


Signing of MOU -SBDCGlobal.com and SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE

In order to get into the international market, you need the international connections, tools, and information to make it happen. As an item within the Annual SBDC Network Conference, in Orlando, Florida, BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding to access SBDCGlobal.com, a powerful and free online trade platform that will link the 750,000+clients of the U.S.., Mexican, Salvadoran, and Colombian Small Business Development Center Networks for international trade opportunities. The MOU was signed by Ms. Melanie Gideon, Deputy Executive Director, BELTRAIDE, and Robert McKinley, Vice President, UTSA Institute for Economic Development. The signing was witnessed by representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

Belize (with only one Centre operating for less than a year) is the second country in Central America, (and the first in CARICOM) to sign off on the MOU and to access this trade platform, following El Salvador who sign off last week, after three years of operating a SBDC Network.

Feel free to visit SBDCGlobal.com, where  BELIZE is newly being showcased along the other four countries on the platform and learn how it can be helpful to you, regardless of whether you are an experienced trader, or a start up.

Launch of National Agro-Processing Training Program ROC Taiwan


The Agro-Processing Program is one that promises to upgrade the income of youth and women. It is currently the Pilot Program of Belize’s soy sauce production and commercialized dehydrated papaya program. Today, the program which is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the Technical Mission of the Republic of China Taiwan, was officially launched.

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GARETH MURILLO, REGISTRAR OF COOPERATIVES (MNRA)
“Empowering women and youth for income generation”
It is under this theme that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture along with the Technical Mission of the Republic of China, Taiwan, launched the National Agro-processing Training Program in the City of Belmopan. The project is a social benefit program which according to Food Specialist from the ROC Taiwan Technical Mission, Carson Huang, started in 2006. He told us how the program has grown. Continue reading “Launch of National Agro-Processing Training Program ROC Taiwan”

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