Over 50 producers from Orange Walk Town and surrounding villages met at La Inmaculada Credit Union Conference room on Friday, 4th March to obtain crucial information that will assist them to improve their services and raise the bar to compete globally.
The meeting was in the form of a Trade Clinic, which was the first of its kind organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, with the aim to sensitize the private sector on regulations, requirements, export procedures and documentations and opportunities that exist under trade agreements in order to do business in the local and international market.
The Trade Clinic included presentations from the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA), the Customs & Excise Department and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Topics included: Standards (labeling, CODEX, metrology, etc), Export Procedures, Trade Agreement Opportunities and Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary Measures among many others.
EXPORTBelize provides customized needs based services in the areas of export development and promotion. The Unit’s role is to encourage competitiveness of local businesses and to promote their products and services regionally and internationally by:
- Supporting exporters with development promotion that will facilitate maximizing market opportunities in unison with trade agreements;
- Collaborating with exporters in the promotion of their products and services locally, regionally and internationally;
- Offering specialized business development services and mentoring;
- Providing exporters with access to finance and research on product/services that can be capitalized.
A second Trade Clinic is planned for producers in the southern part of the country very soon.