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Caribbean Export supports Haiti and the Dominican Republic at the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum 2015


Caribbean Export supports Haiti and the Dominican Republic at the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum 2015

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For three days over 2,000 delegates from 70 countries gathered in Berlin at the IHIF 2015 for a truely global gathering and consistently brings together a diverse range of stakeholders from across the hospitality, property and investment communities. Attendees received the benefits of high visibility in an expressive setting, numerous skill-based workshops, and unique networking opportunities. In this framework, the CFI and the CEI-RD were able to engage in over one hundred (100) Business to Business (B2B) meetings with the most important hotel chains representatives from Europe.

In addition to the numerous networking sessions organized by the IHIF, the CFI and CEI-RD formed a Binational booth at the Expo Hall, further increasing the two countries overall visibility at the event.

The CEI-RD’s Executive Director, Jean Alain Rodriguez stated “that this event is a good scenario to highlight that the DR has become a regional hub for Foreign Direct Investment”.

The CFI representatives had the opportunity to meet with potential investors in several key areas of the hotel industry, and discuss the business opportunities offered by Haiti.

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Young Innovators


Young innovators challenge

Two-week summer program for rising high school seniors in the DC metro area to learn how to turn a promising idea into a successful business

Based on the experiential innovation curriculum developed at the University of Maryland, the BACCA methodology for entrepreneurship taught at Bullis School and Jonathan Perrelli’s Startupland curriculum July 13 – July 24, 2015 Bullis School, Potomac, MD — FREE —

Join us for a highly immerse, experiential program matching budding entrepreneurs with professional mentors, experts and professors to learn how to create and develop ideas just like the best entrepreneurs. Students will learn to: ¾ Identify a problem or need in the market ¾ Brainstorm ideas and solutions ¾ Build and test prototypes in Bullis’ Maker Space ¾ Develop critical interview and listening skills to explore their idea’s viability ¾ Present concepts to potential customers, partners and investors Other activities may include visits to entrepreneurship incubators to observe real startups. Students must be willing to work hard and take their projects seriously. You will be pushed and expectations will be high.

Feel free to click below link for more information.

Young Innovators flyer 2015 – FINAL

Home Grown Fiery Sensation


Home Grown Fiery Sensation

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Caribbean islands are known for having a harmless but heated rivalry over the production of hot sauce. The diverse condiment, often called pepper sauce, can range from a chutney-like mash to a smooth, liquid fire, depending on each island’s tastes and traditions. In Belize, Marie Sharp is synonymous with the fiery sauce, and with over 30 years in business, she is considered a homegrown sensation.

Before starting her company, Marie worked as an executive within the financial sector. In her spare time, she grew and sold peppers from her farm to a local distributor. However, what started as a hobby, quickly blossomed into something more.
“This company really happened by chance”, shared Marie. “I was supplying more than the buyer needed, so I decided to start making a pepper mash with the surplus.”

By 1981 Marie’s home creations had become so popular that she decided to turn the operation into an enterprise, and with the help of family and friends Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Limited was established. The company now employs 25 people and manufactures an assortment of habanero pepper sauces, tropical jams and jellies, seasoning, and fruit squashes for the local and international markets.

Home Grown Fiery Sensation

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOUR MARKET STUDIES IN THE CARIBBEAN


The CaFeatured imagenadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) is currently implementing a project in the Caribbean called Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and CHF, the aim is to increase the value of Caribbean fresh produce accessing high-value markets (HVM) in the Caribbean and internationally by CAD100 million 6 over six years.

CHF is requesting proposals from consultants to undertake four market studies: Barbados; OECS; Suriname; and Belize. The methodology for each study is similar, in order for PROPEL to analyze information across all studies. Individual Terms of Reference (ToR) for each have been prepared and are posted on the CHF website.

DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2015

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APPLY NOW!!!

Compete Caribbean is a private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) development activities in the Caribbean region. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Canada and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), supports projects in 15 Caribbean countries. Projects in the OECS countries are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
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www.competecaribbean.org                                     Contact Us: competecaribbean@iadb.org

Congratulations to Hot Mama’s Belize


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EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE congratulates Hot Mama’s Belize for its participation in Mr. Densil Williams’s case study.The study entitled Competing against Multinationals in Emerging Markets draws on efficiency theory, portfolio theory and market structure theory as the lens through which to explain business survival/ failure. By using those theoretical insights along with case studies the book provides a comprehensive set of lessons which successful small firms have adopted in order to survive and prosper in an increasingly hostile competitive manufacturing sector where large firms are mostly dominant. Drawing lessons about competing in a highly competitive sector, the book uses the of narrative in social research to inform conclusions about factors which lead to survival and prosperity.

The Book is available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Competing+against+Multinationals+in+Emerging+Markets

Food Safety Policy and Plan Consultancy


Terms of Reference

  • Undertake a situational analysis of the current policy environment on food safety in the Caribbean
  • Develop a Food Safety Policy template for use in the Eastern Caribbean Countries that clearly describes the application along the whole food chain (sea or farm to table). Use of WHO, FAO and INFOSAN documents is encouraged (FAO/WHO guide for developing and improving national food recall systems, FAO/WHO guidance to governments on the application of HACCP in small and/or less-developed food businesses, Application of risk analysis to food standards issues, Assuring food safety and quality, Data reporting for hazards occurring in food (HOF), etc).
  • Develop a Food Safety Emergency Response Plan template for use in the Eastern Caribbean Countries, following the FAO/WHO framework for developing national food safety emergency response plans (2010) as well as other pertinent FAO, INFOSAN and WHO documents (Food Safety Guidance in Emergency Situations, Food Safety in Natural Disasters, etc)
  • Tailor the Policy and Plan to Saint Lucia, as a test of the templates, for approval by the Ministry of Health, Saint Lucia, as well as the PAHO food safety Advisor.
  • Conduct stakeholder workshop to review draft National documents in Saint Lucia.

Deliverables:

  • Develop a timeline for completion of the project
  • Draft National Food Safety Policy for Saint Lucia
  • Draft National Food Safety Emergency Response Plan for Saint Lucia
  • Food Safety Policy template for ECC
  • Food Safety Emergency Response Plan template for ECC

Cacao Validation Workshop


Press Release (157)- EXPORTBelize

CacaoEXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is hosting a “Cacao Validation Workshop” which will be held on Friday March 6th, 2015 at the Parish Hall in Punta Gorda Town, commencing at 9:00 a.m.

The purpose of the validation workshop is to validate two draft reports that was submitted by two Consultants for the consultancies of the:
(1) Value Chain Analysis & Industry Strategy for Belizean Cacao
(2) Development of Specification and Proposal for a Management System for Toledo Cocoa as a Geographical Indication

The Industry strategy will look at implementation of programs and activities to:
· Increase productivity of raw beans
· Increase productivity of value added products and services
· Improve the enabling environment
· Effectively market the industry and products internationally (niche markets) to name a few…

The Consulate of Belize in Florida’s News Letter


The Consulate of Belize in Florida Newsletter-February 2015

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