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May 18, 2015

EXPORTBelize, unveils the Belize Trade Finance Access Guide


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has as its mission the enhancement of Belize’s Prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. In accomplishing this mission, all technical units are constantly engaged in activities aimed at improving the enabling environment for enterprises. Access to financing is a key component in doing business and is vital for the development of Belize’s export sector.

EXPORTBelize embarked on an exercise to determine the nature of the trade financed landscape in Belize. This entailed surveying key financial institutions and private sector contacts on the availability and accessibility of trade finance instruments.

EXPORTBelize took the findings of this exercise and produced “The Belize Trade Finance Guide”, a tool that provides the export sector with valuable information on the type of trade finance instruments and their availability at major financial institutions across Belize. The Trade Finance Guide is available to all private sector and can be found on BELTRAIDE”s website at www.belizeinvest.org.

Click below hyperlink to access the guide:

http://www.belizeinvest.org.bz/financing-sources/

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Inspiring women entrepreneurs through the BA1 Project


Training commenced today, concurrently at San Pedro, Bermudian Landing and in Belize City for the BA1 Project.The BA1 Project includes an initiative to provide seed funds (small grants) to improve the lives of women who are at risk of and/or are victims of gender based violence and trafficking of women to help them improve their economic status.  The consultancy shall provide support to strengthen women’s capacities, both in employment skills and self-esteem, to support the identification and elaboration of productive business concepts for entrepreneurship, self-employment or cooperatives.

SBDCBelize and BTEC will therefore;

  1. Support the participating of women (or cooperatives/women´s groups) in development of their business, marketing and life plans with a focus on sustainability of activities beyond the consultancy period.
  2. Develop and implement methodological tools for follow up and monitoring of the life, marketing and business plans. During the contract period, continuously monitor and support the women in their personal development and implementation of their businesses.
  3. Develop a network where the women awarded seed funds can exchange experiences and give each other support.
  4. Systematize the experience:  document the process of the consultancy products and the lessons learned.

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If you would like to know more about this remarkable capacity building opportunity please feel free to contact the Women’s Department in your area.

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