January 23, 2014

Strengthening the Institutional Architecture for Investment Attraction in Belize

22 Jan 2014

End of Project Evaluation (Deadline: 14 February, 2014)

Aside from Caribbean micro-states, Belize was as of 2009, the fourth most open economy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Belize’s population is small (313,000 inhabitants), which limits the size of the domestic market and potential economies of scale. The economy depends strongly on trade with the world economy, both as market for domestic production and as a source of the wide range of products that would be costly or impossible to produce domestically.

In 1997, with the support of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), the Trade and Investment Promotion Service (TIPS) was established in 1997. This institution was mandated to be the focal point for all trade and investment information and facilitation services. In March 1997 the scope of TIPS was broadened to serve as a “one stop shop” for local and foreign investors. In the year 2000, TIPS changed its name to Belize Trade and Investment Development Services (BELTRAIDE).

BELTRAIDE’s functions include a number of responsibilities for export promotion, investment attraction and SME development. BELTRAIDE has not been able to proactively promote investments in key high growth sectors because of resource constraints. In 2009, BELTRAIDE initiated an Organizational Evaluation to assess and benchmark the organization against similar Investment and Trade Promotion Organizations in the region. This assessment constituted a starting point for analysing the institution, presented a detailed organizational analysis, including recommendations for improving strategic leadership, financial management, human resources management and development, monitoring and evaluation, Information Technology (IT) services, organizational communications, among others. However, the assessment lacked an implementation plan, and a solid analysis and recommendations on the operation of its three main functional areas (export promotion, investment attraction, and SME development) and comparisons to regional and international best practices. Continue reading “Strengthening the Institutional Architecture for Investment Attraction in Belize”

Call for proposal



Calling entrepreneurs, individuals, groups who have an existing climate related technology business or new idea for development and commercialization locally and regionally!

Grant funding is to become available under the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) to assist with the localization, commercialization and transfer of technologies that demonstrate positive impact to environment and community. Grants will be awarded for proposals that demonstrate exceptional potential impact.

Technologies or business models to be funded under PoC must demonstrate potential positive impact to environment and community through mitigation or adaptation to identified climate challenges in sustainable agribusiness, water management (including waste water) , energy efficiency, solar energy and resource use sectors.

All applications by March 30 will be evaluated. Successful applicants will be contacted for interview and only those applicants who are selected for PoC assistance will be notified.

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Jump start your business- direct assistance grant!


The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) officially announces the publication of the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities under the well known Direct Assistance Grant Scheme as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

The Direct Assistance Grant Scheme is a reimbursement grant funding facility specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered firms, individuals and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) who have the potential to export their products and services.

Grants of up to €30,000 can be received by firms that meet the eligibility criteria, whose applications are accepted and are exporting or demonstrate their potential to export goods and services.

The deadline for this Call for Proposals is March 7, 2014 and more information about the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme can be found at  Contact: Kirk Brown, Senior Grant Advisor ( or Celestine Moe, Grant Advisor (, Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999
Seize this exciting opportunity!



Strengthening The Institutional Architecture For Investment Attraction In Belize: The objective of this consultancy is to conduct an End of Project Evaluation and prepare the report. The End of Project Evaluation will examine and assess the performance of the project, and take into consideration the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability; and identify lessons learned during project execution.


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Your photo, our front cover – Competition


The face of an entrepreneur resident in the Caribbean, together with a Caribbean landmark would replace Frederick (shown above) on the front cover of Alexander Bain’s business book when it launches later this year.

The inner front cover would explain in a 200 word story who the entrepreneur is and a little about his/her business brand in order to promote Caribbean business.

The photographer of the winning photo will share in this exposure as his/her work would be fully attributed and reference made to an online source where more of his/her work can be found.  Can either of these entrepreneurs be you?  Submit your compelling story and get in with a chance to win.


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Competition Closes: Friday, January 31, 2014Image

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