A group of entrepreneurs from Dangriga and surrounding villages had the opportunity to attend an information session to assist them in becoming more competitive. The Trade Clinic was held at the Independence High School Conference Room on 31st May 2016.
The Trade Clinic is the second session organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , with the aim to sensitize members of the private sector across Belize 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 local partners including the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA), the Customs & Excise Department and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Topics included Standards , 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.
The third Trade Clinic is scheduled for July 6th in San Ignacio with venue to be determined at a later date.