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March 2017

EMBASSY OF BELIZE IN BRUSSELS PROMOTES BELIZE’S CACAO INDUSTRY IN THE ‘CHOCOLATE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD’


 

On 28 March 2017, the Embassy of Belize in Brussels hosted a promotional event aimed at generating interest in importing Belize’s high-quality cacao beans and encouraging investments in the expansion of cacao production and processing in Belize. H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and to the European Union, made a presentation on the industry’s history, capacity, and potential to important players in Belgium’s chocolate industry, including some of Belgium’s prominent chocolatiers.

 

The Embassy of Belize also took this opportunity to showcase the variety of cacao-based products manufactured locally in the country, including chocolate bars, cocoa powder, cocoa tea, and liqueurs.

 

It is expected that one concrete follow-up activity from the event will be an exploratory investment mission from Belgium to Belize in 2017.

 

The event, which was a part of the Embassy’s efforts to support the promotion of trade and investment for Belize, was a joint effort between the Embassy of Belize in Brussels and BELTRAIDE, and with the collaboration of EURACEN, the Chamber of Commerce of Europe-Central America.download

Belize participates in Outsource2LAC 2017 – San Jose, Costa Rica


As technology continues to evolve globally, the demand for Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) simultaneously continues to escalate opening a gateway for Belize as a competitive nearshore and offshore services destination in fostering numerous investment opportunities in the Outsourcing industry.

 

As Belize’s national trade and investment promotion agency, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), along with twenty (20) additional delegates from trade promotion agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, participated in the 6th Latin American and Caribbean Outsourcing and Offshoring Summit, Outsource2LAC, held in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 15 – 16, 2017. This year’s event was organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Costa Rica’s Trade Promotion Agency, ProComer, which sought to foster this prominent sector through seminars on the latest trends in global outsourcing and Business to Business (B2B) meetings between buyers and service providers.

 

A combination of over 500 attendees from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Europe, Asia and North America, participated in the event. Belize’s delegation not only comprised of BELTRAIDE but also included BPO operators, namely, Belize Virtual Center and Sai Infosys. Both centers participated in approximately 13 B2B meetings respectively and were able to network and gain capacity from the event.

 

Representation from BelizeINVEST and EXPORTBelize, units of BELTRAIDE, will proactively continue to work closely with key local, regional and international stakeholders in ensuring continued growth of the evolving Offshore Outsourcing Industry working towards additional value-added services in Information Technology and Innovation.

 

For further details on the industry or upcoming events, please contact our team at beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz or call us at +501-822-3737.

EXPORTBELIZE COLLABORATES WITH THE US EMBASSY FOR FDA WEBINAR


 

EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America facilitated a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Webinar on Friday March 17th, 2017, at the US Embassy in Belmopan. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety of Human Drugs, Vaccines blood products, medical devices and Food. The Webinar was presented by Mr. Allan Gonzalez, International Regulatory Analyst for FDA.  Participants included to government stakeholders and private sector companies. Key topics covered were:

  • Jurisdiction and responsibility of the FDA
  • FDA registration process
  • Facility inspections and follow-ups
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The aim of this session was to inform local companies on requirements to export into the US.

BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy hold Seaweed Cultivation Training in Little Water Caye


The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with  EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) held a Seaweed Cultivation Training from March 3rd – March 5th in Little Water Caye; which provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fishermen in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.

 

This three day training was facilitated by Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited, whose members have previously received intensive training and certification in seaweed cultivation. Ten participants from four fishing cooperatives along with a representative from EXPORTBelize and TNC were trained and received certificates.  The participants included representatives from Toledo Fishermen Association, Sarteneja Fishermen Association, Wabaffu Fishermen Association and Turneffe Seaweed Farmers. The training included seaweed cultivation techniques, farm building and designing, harvesting techniques and the drying process.

 

For more information on The Nature Conservancy visit  The Nature Conservancy Belize page.

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