October 2014

Unique Belize

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE- October 22nd and 23rd 2014


The Making Tourism Benefits Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites (MTBCAAS) Project is proud to announce the official launch of its “Unique Belize” artisan programme. The launch took place over two days, October 22 and 23, 2014, at the Ramada Belize City Princess in Belize City. The event included the launch of the Unique Belize Brand and the exhibition of the first Unique Belize artisan product line. The Unique Belize artisan programme was made possible through The Government of Belize with counterpart funding from the European Union via the Belize Rural Development Programme 2 (BRDP 2). Unique Belize is a standardization, certification, and branding programme aimed at helping Belizean artisans working at or near to nine archeological sites in the country to promote their work in the local and international marketplace and to help consumers to identify and purchase authentic Belizean artwork.

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The Unique Belize label is designed to indicate that the artwork meets three criteria:

  • Firs, the artwork was created by a Belizean citizen or legal resident;
  • Second, the artwork is the original design of the artisan;
  • Third the artisan has been licensed or otherwise legally been given the authority by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) to use the design.

The Unique Belize Artisan Programme is one of the major outcomes of the “Diversification of Community Based Tourism Products and Services” components of the MTBCAAS project. This component was initiated in November 2013 and involved a rapid assessment of the sector, the development and delivery of a small business and product development training as well as a three month mentorship programme for the artisans.

Sixty four artisans participated in the small business training programme, of which 42 were women. The artisans were then invited to participate in the advanced product development training, which focused on introducing product design innovation and production to piloting a new line of artwork that meet current market trends and are more appealing to identified target markets. Thirty-five (35) of them were then provided with a three month mentorship programme at the end of which they completed new product prototypes. The authentic Unique Belize artworks that they created will be exhibited at the Launch on October 22nd and 23rd 2014. Souvenir and giftware stores and buyers from around Belize are being invited to the Launch, and will be able to place orders with the artisans.

About the MTBCAAS project:

The Government of Belize received counterpart funding from the European Union via the Belize Rural Development Programme 2 (BRDP 2) to finance a project entitled “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites:” Co-financing for the project is being provided by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation represented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History. The project is being implemented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History through a Project Execution Unit housed at the Belize Tourism Board offices. Continue reading “Unique Belize”

Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, Prepares Belizeans for Work

Belize Training & Employment Centre Prepares Belizeans for Work

The number of call centers is growing in Belize creating employment to just under three thousand Belizeans. This week, the Belize Training and Employment Center is preparing individuals to become professional in the workplace. Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Business Process Outsourcing, BPO, as it is commonly referred to, is a burgeoning industry in Belize that is recognized as a specialized “niche” area.  As such, it has become a priority sector for socioeconomic growth.

Rolanda Ferguson, Student, Belize Training and Employment Center

“It’s one of Belize’s fastest growing industries, you know, this where it’s happening so I guess this is where I want to be.”

With the emergence of call centers across Belize City, there has been a need to standardize the quality of customer service presently being offered.

  Continue reading “Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, Prepares Belizeans for Work”


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is a statutory body of the Government of Belize mandated to perform functions and duties related to:
1) Trade Development and Promotion
2) Investment Generation and Promotion
3) Enterprise Development and Facilitation
BELTRAIDE operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development, and Consumer Protection.
BELTRAIDE is seeking the services of a suitably qualified and experienced person for the post of General Manager, Trade & Investment Development Division.
I. Strategic Management
A. Strategic Planning
1. Liaise and collaborate with the other division of the organization and with other government agencies and departments to ensure organizational synergies, maximize resource management, and keep in line with the overall organization direction, vision and mission.
B. Monitoring & Evaluation
1. Annually and quarterly measure and evaluate division’s performance indicators and provide recommendations for continual improvements;
II. Programmatic Management
A. Investment and Trade Development and Promotion
1. Investment Development & Promotion: 1) New Industry Identification: work along with the management team (of both divisions) to identify, assess, and develop new areas of investment attraction; 2) New Investments Generation: work along with management team (of both divisions) to define and execute investment generation schemes;
2. Trade Promotion: Product/Service Promotion: to work along with the management team (of both divisions) to strategically and proactively promote Investment and Trade opportunities domestically and internationally;
III. General Management
A. Division Administration
1. Manage the overall daily division operations, and oversees division operating procedures including internal controls;
2. Continually improve technical policies and procedures to ensure effective and team-focused operations.
B. Division Project Management
1. Oversee the analysis, selection, planning, tracking and documentation, coordination and execution of all division projects from the project writing phase to project termination;
2. Be responsible for Grant Writing: direct and oversee the research of funding opportunities;
Keen knowledge of Belizean private and public sectors, business development process, tax and financial framework, investment and trade promotion and development, international development agencies, project management, time management, quality control management and HR management
Strong skills in leadership, mentoring, forwarding thinking, and problem-solving
The successful applicant must possess:
A minimum of a Master’s degree in Industrial Policy, Development Economics, International Business, Business Administration, Public Administration, or other a related field
Minimum of five (5) years management experience
Previous experience with managing staff, negotiating agreements, financial management, and managing stakeholder relationships
Other required experience include the ability to identify and implement best practices, work independently, think strategically, plan for the long-term success of the organization and effectively delegate tasks
An attractive package, commensurate with qualification and experience, is being offered.
Letters of Application are to be addressed to:
Michael Singh
Executive Chairman
Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)
#14 Orchid Garden
City of Belmopan
a) Proof of educational qualification (copy of certificate of highest educational qualification to be attached to letter of application)
b) Proof of work experience along with two letters of reference, one of which should be from a most recent employer (to be attached to the Letter of Application)
c) Copy of a valid Belizean driver’s license
The closing date and time for the receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday 31st October, 2014.

Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014

Symposium poster

Can Belize Kaggle?

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Are you a tech savy programmer or data scientist in Belize looking for a new challenge? Do you feel that you have the skills to compete globally? If yes, then you should definitely visit

Through Kaggle, you can participate in real life competitions with significant payouts and a chance to compete globally for the big win! Kaggle is the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions which focus on analytics and data science. In order to join and compete on Kaggle, simply follow the three (3) steps indicated below:

  1. Enter – Find a competition and download the training data. You don’t need new software / skills to submit
  2. Build – Build a model using whatever methods you prefer and upload your predictions to Kaggle
  3. …Win – Kaggle scores your solution in real time and you’ll see your place on the live leaderboard for your chance to win big!

An example of a recent competition involves Netflix, the online movie platform, ran a competition to develop a model to help them predict which movies customers would request on demand. They offered a prize of USD &1,000,000 to the best model developed. Continue reading “Can Belize Kaggle?”

Trade Relations Between the Caribbean and China are Strengthened


The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported a contingent of representatives from four (4) of the Region’s Business Support Organisations (BSOs) to participate in the 8th China LAC Business Summit that was held in Changsha, China between September 12-13, 2014.

The mission to China led by the Honourable Minister Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development for Barbados sought to build relations, discover new potential trading partners and promote the Caribbean for viable investment opportunities.  Speaking at the China LAC Summit, Minister Inniss noted that the areas for future cooperation between China and the Caribbean included financial services, logistics, tourism and hotel development, agribusiness and infrastructure development.

The participation of these BSOs that included JAMPRO, InvestSVG, The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce of Haiti, is an important step towards not only strengthening the capacity of the BSOs to understand the ChiChina LAC1nese market but also to enable the BSOs to work with the regions private sector to strategically target and penetrate the Chinese for exports and investments.

The Caribbean delegates also took the opportunity to further discussions with the Tianjin authorities and business groups on investment and prospects for future trading relations. Meetings with the China Ministry of Commerce, and in particular the International Trade Development Bureau, enabled the discussion on the support that could be offered to the Caribbean allowing for increased access of Caribbean products into the Chinese market.  In addition talks with the China Development Bank led to enlightenment as to how the Caribbean could access available resources in China earmarked for infrastructure development, as well as commercially viable projects in the Caribbean.

Another key meeting that was held during the mission was with ChinaGoAbroad whose members-only platform provides information and connections for Chinese companies as well as their global counterparts seeking international business partners, investment opportunities and joint ventures in a variety of sectors. Future collaboration with these partners will be led by Caribbean Export as the Agency seeks to strategically position the region for trade and investments from China.

The Summit acts as a promotion mechanism and platform for economic & trade cooperation between China and Latin America & the Caribbean and is managed by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The event promotes policy dialogue at the government level, but also promotes Chinese investments in Latin America and Caribbean markets.

Continue reading “Trade Relations Between the Caribbean and China are Strengthened”

BELTRAIDE’s Latest Investment Magazine Centers on Agribusiness

Written by By Shane D. Williams
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
beltraide.jpg - 77.50 KbIn 2013, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service launched the magazine “Invest Belize” in an effort to promote its initiatives and highlight the investment opportunities available in Belize. On Tuesday, September 30, BELTRAIDE unveiled Invest Belize Volume 3 which is concentrating on opportunities available in the agribusiness sector.

Invest Belize Volume 1 focused on offshore business outsourcing and Volume 2 was centered on tourism development. Mike Singh, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Trade, says this edition may be the best yet. BELTRAIDE selected McNab Publishing Limited for Invest Belize Volume 3. McNab has a track record of producing exceptional pieces such as the Flavours of Belize Cookbook, Belize Travel Guide and the Inspirational Calendar. Singh says he is extremely proud of the quality of articles in the magazine: “We are getting articles written by very senior people in government and very qualified people in the private sector.”

Agriculture has always been a key pillar of the Belizean economy and that will not change anytime soon, according to Singh. He says when you look at the investment in sugar by Sartander and the American Sugar Refining (ASR) it is likely that production will more than double in the next three years. Singh says grain production is increasing by almost 50 percent annually and large scale exportation is inevitable.

As the world continues to battle food shortage and world hunger, Belize’s role as a bread basket in this region will continue to evolve. The magazine is available at BELTRAIDE’s website (

INVEST BELIZE Magazine Launch Vol. 3


Bridgetown, BARBADOS, October 1, 2014. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is supporting the participation of nine (9) CARIFORUM SMEs through funding a collective pavilion at the Innovation Village that forms part of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) scheduled to be held at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago during October 9-11, 2014.

Following a recent Expression of Interest that involved video pitches, the Agency selected the nine firms from 5 Caribbean countries who are producing a range of products and services that range from educational applications to animation and new media production, as well as energy efficient products, thus highlighting innovation as a critical component of the CARIFORUM economy.

Executive Director of the Agency, Pamela Coke-Hamilton stressed that “innovation can be a catalyst for growth and development across CARIFORUM and it is part of our mandate to support firms that use creativity and innovation in their products and services because it’s a great stimulus for achieving global competitiveness”. Integral to CARIFORUM’s transition to an innovation driven economy is the nurturing of a culture of creativity and transformation of the business climate so that innovation drives competitiveness.

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Through their participation at the Innovation Village it is hoped firms will gain access to new markets and potential investment opportunities from the visitors to the exhibition over the three (3) days. The theme of this years’ ACF is “The Human Imagination at Work: Driving Competitiveness, Powering Innovation” and the attending firms will be among some of the best local, regional, and international companies in the fields of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Health and Safety, Environment, Defense and Security, and will be exposed to a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse audience from across the Western Hemisphere.

Participating firms include; BrainStreet Group from Guyana; EZLearner Inc., Dyslexia Tool Kit and Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. out of Barbados; Paywise Limited, IXanos Ltd and Tentative Studios from Trinidad and Tobago; Avantilles from Martinique and Alcyone Animation Limited from Jamaica.

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