April 2015



The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development and Education (DHDE) and Kookmin University (KMU), through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in a 7 week Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. The main goal of the Program is to help participants develop a business idea in order to create a company.

Program: Global Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Duration: 7 Weeks

Language: English

Modality: Onsite in Seoul, South Korea

Benefits: Four scholarships including 100% tuition, accommodation, meals, camp expenses, health insurance and airplane ticket

DEADLINE: May 21, 2015


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BTEC Job Readiness Training ( Dangriga)

BTEC Dangriga

Since January of 2015 BTEC has taken its Job Preparedness Training on the road starting first in Belmopan and now completing our second cohort in beautiful Dangriga. BTEC extends its gratitude to its partners Ecumenical Junior College, Department of Youth Services, POWA, Women’s Department and the Ignacio Cacho Library for their unwavering support and contributions in making this training a reality. A total of 51 individuals from a wide cross-section of Dangriga’s residents completed the Pre-test in basic English, Computer and Typing of which 20 participants remained focused and actively engaged in order to graduate the three week job readiness program on April 8th 2015.

As the name implies, the Job Readiness program seeks to impart professional and career development expertise that will strengthen their employability skills. The program offers soft skills training along with front line telephone etiquette, customer service, and sales basics that can translate to individuals entering the Call Centres. Important to note is that 5 individuals have already obtained gainful employment and we expect the numbers to grow exponentially as we assist these individuals in attaining entry level employment and commencing their careers.

Adoption of Value Added BPO Services to Drive Gains in the Business Process Outsourcing Market

April 3rd, 2015,

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) involves contracting of specific business functions to third party service providers. Though cost arbitrage remains the primary growth driving force in the BPO industry, businesses are realizing the importance of outsourcing as a strategy to lower product development cycle and boost innovation within an enterprise. Focus is rapidly shifting from the traditional model that lays emphasis on achieving labour cost reduction to now providing comprehensive sector specific value-added services. Another factor driving growth is the increase in outsourcing by mid-size companies in a bid to address the issue of rising costs associated with regulatory and compliance requirements.


Plagued by decreasing margins from traditional outsourcing activities, BPO providers are now focusing attention on adoption of new generation technologies such as process automation,Big Data & Analytics, secure private cloud infrastructure and BPaaS (business process as a service) among others. Use of robotic process automation (RPA) software solutions that replicate some of the manually operated processes is gaining significance. Companies are also embedding analytics-based BPO solutions in processes to offer all rounded actionable insights and help customers build powerful brands and business strategies. Further, growing security concerns are expected to prompt companies to prefer the private cloud model over its counterpart public cloud. The transition to new platforms is to help companies explore new opportunities by offering advanced services such as robotic process automation (RPA), secure private cloud infrastructure and BPaaS (business process as a service).

As stated by the new market research report on Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), the United States represents the largest market worldwide. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 10% over the analysis period. India remains the most lucrative destination for BPO services, while Philippines emerges as a strong competitor.

Key players covered in the report include Accenture Plc, Aon Hewitt, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Capgemini, Capita Plc, Ceridian HCM, Inc., CGI Group, Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, Dell Inc., EXLService Holding, Inc., Genpact Limited, Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P, Infosys BPO Ltd., International Business Machines Corporation, KARVY Global Services Limited, NTT DATA Corporation, NGA Human Resources, Randstad Holding nv, Serco Group, Plc, StarTek, Inc., Sopra Steria Group, Syntel, Inc., Tata Consultancy Services Limited, TriNet Group, Inc., Wipro Limited, WNS (Holdings) Limited.

The research report titled “Business Process Outsourcing : A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the market, industry overview, trends, growth drivers, issues, and recent industry activity. The report provides market estimates and projections for BPO in US dollars for major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, India and Rest of Asia Pacific), Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America) and Rest of World. Key horizontal segments analyzed for the global and regional markets include Finance & Accounting, Customer Services, HR, KPO and Procurement. End-use markets analysed include Manufacturing, Telecommunications & Technology, Banking, Insurance & Finance Services, Retail and Others.


Standard for Public Comments: Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for Guest Houses

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) wishes to notify the relevant stakeholders and the general public that the draft standard “Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for Guest Houses”, being developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is out for public comments. Stakeholders are asked to note, on approval of the standard by COTED, the Bureau is obliged to adopt the same as a national standard. The deadline for submission of comments to the Bureau of Standards is May 4th, 2015.The standard is also available on request from the BBS office and website at Comments can also be mailed to the BBS Office or email at bbs@btl.netor using the specified form given.

To view the Standard kindly click the link below:

Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for GuestHouses

If you have any comments to the Standards, kindly use the form below to submit your comments.

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