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A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed on Friday, 21st October 2016 between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the San Pedro Town Council.
The purpose of the MOC was to formalize the collaboration between BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre, Belize (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) with the San Pedro Town Council in order to promote the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s), job preparedness and professional development trainings in Ambergris Caye.
Under the MOC, the San Pedro Town Council will facilitate BELTRAIDE in special projects and or initiatives that are closely related to enterprise development, such as funding for example, seed capital initiatives, advising for start-ups and providing advice to established businesses among many others.
As part of the MOC, a Working Committee will be established which will have representation of all the relevant parties, to exchange data, information and reports, events etc.
The MOC was signed by Mr Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town, on behalf of the San Pedro Town Council while Ms Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation, signed on behalf of BELTRAIDE.
In an effort to strengthen gender equality and encourage entrepreneurship among Belizean women, BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), in collaboration with the Regional Centre for the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE), held a one-day workshop on Entrepreneurship and Gender on Friday, 21st October 2016 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.
The objective of this workshop was to train the personnel of national institutions who focus on the development of entrepreneurship in women, and to promote their participation in the national entrepreneurship ecosystem. In addition, this workshop aimed to equip participants with techniques and tools that can facilitate the sensitization of gender and entrepreneurship in technical areas of those respective institutions.
Participants were drawn from the public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organizations who are at the technical level and are decision makers of the national institutions that provide assistance to woman in Belize.
The main topic for the workshop is Entrepreneurship and Gender. The workshop was conducted by Eliza Zackzkowska, an entrepreneur, consultant and university professor specialized in the development of new entrepreneurship in the Central America.
She has been contributing with her knowledge and experience to design and implement strategic programs to support the economic independence and the participation of women in entrepreneurship at national and international level.