April 2016

Marie Sharp Inducted in  Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016


Belize’s very own Legendary Queen of Habanero Sauce, Marie Sharp, was presented with a most prestigious award and induction Into the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame for 2016 at The New York City Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn New York on  April 23 & 24. Marie Sharp proudly received a beautiful red jacket commemorating the occasion, as well as a class ring engraved with her name and year -2016.

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Marie Sharp – Owner, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods

Marie Sharp was extremely honored not only for being the only female entrepreneur to receive this award and recognition, but also because she was the only foreign candidate to have been selected for the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame!!

Marie Sharp creator and founder of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods in Dangriga, Belize, continues to be recognized both locally and internationally for  her  production  of a spectacular selection of pepper sauces.

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She attended  The New York City Hot Sauce Expo  along with two executives of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods : Sales & Marketing Manager, Jody Williams, and General Manager, Rocio Aguilar.  Since 1981, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods has gradually perfected the entire line of products now offered. The Management of Marie Sharp Fine Foods remains committed to ensure quality products and quality service to Belize and the world.

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EXPORTBelize, a unit of  BELTRAIDE, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marie Sharp Fine Foods on being inducted into the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016. Marie Sharp Fine Foods continues to be recognized both nationally and internationally for producing quality pepper sauce with exquisite flavour and heat levels.
Once again, congratulations to Marie Sharp and her team on this milestone!




Beltraide hosts Certificate Ceremony at the Central Prison

The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in conjunction with the Belize Central Prison, Kolbe Foundation and Restore Belize today held a certificate ceremony for a programme entitled “Equipped for Work/Makin’ It Work Job Preparedness Training” to provide persons leaving correctional facilities with the necessary tools and skills to become productive members of society.


The eleven week programme which included participants from the Wagner’s Youth Facility, Tango 2 Division, and the female unit of the Belize Central Prison, lasted from February 9th to April 22nd, 2016 and covered Personal Development and Healthy Self Image; Work Habits and Conduct; Bridging the Gap/Makin It Work; Customer Service; Resume Writing and Interview Skills and provided a platform for participants to improve their communication skills and develop short and long term goals for self-betterment.


To celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the fifteen (15) successful participants, the Belize Training and Employment Centre today distributed certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Belize Central Prison Auditorium. Guest speaker for the event was the Hon. Tracy Panton and CEO of the prison facilities Mr. Virgilio Murillo.

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Hon. Tracy Panton – Minister of State in the Ministry of  Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment , Trade and Commerce


BTEC, along with its parent company, BELTRAIDE, continues to operate at highest standards and remain at the forefront of ever-changing market demands and industry specific needs. BTEC’s core purpose is to reduce the barriers to gainful employment and remains committed to develop and sustain Belize’s quality workforce.


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(L- R)  Ms. Dianne Finnegan , Youth Advocate ; Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon , General Manager Enterprise & Innovation Division , Beltraide ;  Mr. John Woods, CEO Emeritus, Kolbe Foundation, Hon. Tracy Panton , Minister of  State in the Ministry of Economic Development Petroleum, Investment , Trade and Commerce ; Ms. Christine Smith , Manager of Belize Training and Employment Centre , Beltraide ; Mr. Virgilio Murillo , CEO , Kolbe Foundation


On Friday, April 8th 2016, the Corozal Junior College (CJC) held its annual Business Expo  where 31 companies from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts displayed information on their products ranging from candles, food and drinks, arts and crafts,  agricultural services and many others.

BELTRAIDE  was among those exhibiting companies and its booth showcased numerous brochures on the work of its various units. A central feature of the booth was a video presentation on the work carried out by  Beltraide’s four technical units: BelizeINVEST, EXPORTBelize, SBDCBelize and BTEC.  Prospective young entrepreneurs visiting the booth obtained information on how to establish a business and where to get assistance to create their market and business plans. In addition, all visitors to the booth received a copy of Invest Belize Magazine, a BELTRAIDE publication aimed at keeping the business community informed on current events.


The annual CJC Business Expo is part of the college’s efforts in its “pursuit of excellence”. Through its programs, including the annual business expo, many students’ lives have changed for the better. According to the CJC’s management students have been provided with hands-on and practically real experiences as they simulate owning a business. The success of the expo in particular can be measured by the great number of students who have emerged better prepared from this experience when they eventually face the workplace. BELTRAIDE, therefore, is pleased to have been able to make a contribution towards this success.

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BELTRAIDE is a statutory body of the Government of Belize  under the  Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment Trade and Commerce. Its mission is to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investment confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **                             

Monday, April 4, 2016                                                                    

Contact: Breelyn Pete | Ph: 202-482-4085 |           

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange

Senior Officials from Across the Western Hemisphere and other Nations to Meet With Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hubs throughout Arizona and Southern California

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and Economic Development Administration (EDA), in coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. Department of State, today announced that 51 high-level representatives from 24 countries will participate in the Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, April 10-16, visiting sites in Arizona and California. ACE brings together decision-makers from throughout the Western Hemisphere and other nations to explore global and regional partnerships and economic development opportunities that will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

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