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October 2017

ARTISTS.BZ Handing Over Ceremony


October 31, 2017, BTEC, ITVET Compound, Freetown Road, Belize City.

EXPORTBelize—a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH), the Office of the Music Ambassador, Belize Coalition of Service Providers (BCSP) and the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB), attended the Handing Over of the National Artist Platform (artist.bz); a social site for Certified Belizean musicians that will introduce our musical talents to national, regional and international markets.

 

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EXPOCOMER 2018


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), Belize Chamber of Commerce, the Embassy of Panama, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture coordinated a meeting on 25th October 2017 at the ITVET Dining Room, Freetown Road, Belize City. The purpose of the meeting was for EXPOCOMER to present to Belizean companies their International Trade Exhibition that will take place on 28th February to 3rd March 2018 at the City of Panama.

The show is an opportunity for doing business with Europe, Asia and America. The focus of the EXPOCOMER are five main groups: food and beverage, textiles and accessories, construction, technology and services.

The thirty-fifth version of EXPOCOMER seeks to promote trade and industry settling as the ideal for the presentation of new products and services event. With a total exhibition area of over 14,000 square meters, and the participation of over 650 exhibitors representing 37 countries in more than 850 exhibit booths.

BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop


On Monday, October 23rd, 2017, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and The Organization of American States (OAS) launched The Global Value Chain Workshop.

This four-day workshop is designed to support the initiative, “Small Business Development Center Model” led by OAS. It aims to provide participants with insights into how to develop effective policies to increase Caribbean countries’ competitiveness in these chains at the local, regional and global levels. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop”

BELTRAIDE attends Foro de Cancun 2017


Foro de Cancun, an annual forum aimed to strengthen ties between Latin America and the Greater Caribbean for better integration and diversity in global value chains, was held on September 27th – 29th, 2017 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. BELTRAIDE, represented by Ms. Diana Hernandez from EXPORTBelize and Mr. Gian Hernandez from BelizeINVEST, Generation, attended this year’s event, promoting Belize as a viable and opportune market for trade and investment.

The main activities of the Forum included business round-table discussions between buyers and exporters from the region, but also seminars and workshops on building a regional strategy to project business opportunities to other external markets. There were varying interests in the displayed products, some of which included: hot sauce products, juices, chocolate and rum. Buyers present were from China, Columbia, Mexico, U.S.A., and other countries in Europe.

BELTRAIDE, along with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and CFI Haiti, also participated in a round table discussion with the Cancun Hotel Association where an array of tourism development prospects were tabled, along with the intent to establish a partnership with Mexico and the Caribbean.

The Forum currently caters to approximately 500 participants from 16 different countries, and gives them the ability to connect with one another in further expanding their development interests on a global scale.

For more details on this event, please feel free to contact BELTRAIDE at +501-822-3737 or at beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz

Belize Participates at Belgium’s First International Day of Cacao & Chocolate Brussels, Belgium. October 2, 2017.


Brussels, Belgium. October 2, 2017. Belize’s cacao and chocolate industry was highlighted at the inaugural Belgian edition of the International Day of Cacao and Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium on 1st October, 2017. The Embassy of Belize in Brussels and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) joined forces to represent Belize at the event in the center of Brussels, long acknowledged as a chocolate capital of the world. In addition to a successful booth showcasing a variety of Belize’s cacao and chocolate products, a special presentation on the trade and investment potential of Belize’s cacao industry was made by the Ambassador of Belize to Belgium, H.E. Dylan Vernon, and BelizeINVEST Manager of Investment Generation at BELTRAIDE, Mr. Hero Balani.

The purpose of the day was to bring together cacao growers and chocolatiers to share experiences and ideas on how these key actors can work closer together in the cacao value chain. Hundreds of chocolatiers, cacao importers, and chocolate aficionados attended the event, as did Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders. The guests had the opportunity to view booths and attend presentations on a range of themes, including the bean-to-bar concept, environmental aspects of cacao cultivation, the health benefits of chocolate, and investment possibilities in producer countries. Apart from Belize, six other countries, mostly from Central America, showcased booths.

Belize’s featured participation in this event was as a direct result of its first promotional presentation held at the Embassy in Brussels back in March of this year. The Embassy of Belize and BELTRAIDE continue to work towards promoting Belize’s cacao industry throughout Europe. In this regard, a trade mission from Belgium to Belize is being planned for 2018.

While in Brussels, Mr. Balani also held a Business Roundtable with members of the European-Central America Chamber of Commerce (EURACEN), and informational meetings with officials of the European Commission (EC), and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat.

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