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BECOMING A REALITY: BELIZE’S MEDICAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION/ COUNCIL


MEDICAL TOURISM PICIn August of 2012, BELTRAIDE with funding from Compete Caribbean facilitated the development of a Medical Tourism Strategy for Belize. With the strategy completed, BELTRAIDE will be venturing in the formalization of a Medical Tourism Association/ Council via the facilitation of a two day working session. The work sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Facility in Belize City from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

The objectives of the working sessions are:

WEB PORTAL TRAINING WORKSHOP


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency is facilitating a Web Portal Training  in BELTRAIDE’s conference room.  It  is being conducted from 8:30a.m.- 1:15pm.

This workshop is focusing on the use of the web portal developed by Caribbean Export which can be accessed at www.caribfoodexport.com. The general objective is to provide export ready and exporting companies with web based access to export planning and market entry requirements information for the US and European markets. It will also enable enterprises to comply with the established procedures and regulations relating to packaging, labelling, etc. for specialty foods entering these markets.

For more information please visit the website above, www.caribfoodexport.com, or contact us here at BELTRAIDE!

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RFP NOTICE- CONSULTANT: STRATEGIC PLANNER


CE Logo 2013 Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), invites proposals from qualified contractors to provide consultancy services for the execution of a Strategic and Sustainability Plan (2014-2018) for CAIPA. Contractors are invited to submit a detailed technical proposal that demonstrates their capacity to undertake the assignment and a financial proposal.

  The proposed consultancy is being undertaken in the context of the 10th European Development Fund Regional Private Sector Development Programme.

Suitable applicants must submit a proposal (including a technical and a financial sub- section) that seeks to achieve the stated objectives.

The deadline for all submissions is 1 July 2013 at 4:30 pm (AST). Late submissions will not be accepted.

All questions regarding the terms of reference should be sent by email to cmcnair@carib-export.comcopied to shudson@carib-export.com

For More information click here:  http://www.carib-export.com/2013/06/rfp-notice-consultant-strategic-planner/


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BELTRAIDE Facilitates WorkshopTo Enhance Customer Service Delivery for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Belize


IMG_7201The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), with the assistance of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is facilitating the delivery of a three-day training workshop on “Enhancing Customer Service Delivery for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)  in Belize”. The workshop is being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. It commenced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013,  to Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 8:30a.m.- 5:00p.m.

The facilitator for the workshop is Mr. Brian Lin. He is the Business and Investment Facilitation Officer at BELTRAIDE, and the consultant for the workshop. Throughout the course of the three days the participants will be educated with information on several topics, including:

  •  How to build a service delivery strategy
  • Customer retention strategies
  • Methods of measuring service levels
  • How to get effective customer feedback
  • Developing a customer service action plan

Twenty Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises from Belize, have been selected to be a part of this training with the purpose of enhancing their capacity building. As a deliverable, the participants are to develop a Customer Service Action Plan and Strategy, to be implemented in their business, and which will be monitored by the consultant. It is expected that the workshop will equip participants with a well-defined scope, and contribute to the success of their business.

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Regional Export Competiveness Workshop


Trade representatives in the region gathered in Barbados from 16-18 October, 2012 to discuss Export Competitiveness: Strategies for the Caribbean Region. The objective of this workshop was to share country experiences in implementing export competitiveness strategies with a view to addressing common and individual country obstacles and to explore new approaches to export competitiveness. These are all strategies necessary to meet emerging challenges in today’s global marketplace. Continue reading “Regional Export Competiveness Workshop”

Kakaw – The Fine Belizean Chocolate Made on Ambergris Caye!


By Ann Kuffner

Fine chocolates are an up and coming niche business market here in Belize.  There are now a number of solid specialty companies that produce fine Belizean chocolates within the country.  Belize high quality cacao beans thrive under the shade of Toledo’s wild jungle canopy. The owners of Kakaw Chocolate have proven that they can coax the maximum flavor out of their Belizean cacao beans. They produce the finest gourmet chocolate currently available in the country.

I first tried Kakaw Chocolates at Wine de Vine, a specialty wine and gourmet food store on Ambergris Caye. This is also where I first met the owners of Kakaw, Jo and Chris Beaumont, who are British expats who became Belizean citizens. We often chat at the Friday night wine tasting. On several occasions they offered to give me a tour of their local chocolate production facility. It’s right here on Ambergris Caye, in the building behind their home. I finally took them up on their offer.

Although a chocoholic, I was clueless about how cacao beans are processed, or chocolate made. Chris and Jo walked us through the various steps of the cacao treatment process. Chris showed us the equipment and processes they use to transform cacao beans into fine chocolate products.

After the tour, we learned how this entrepreneurial couple got into the business of making chocolate here in Belize.

Transforming Cacao Beans into Fine Chocolate

Belize’s cacao beans are grown in the Toledo region. This is the southern most region of Belize. It’s a remote and wild region of Belize. In Toledo, pure Mayan Belizeans still live off the land, in traditional villages.

It can rain up to 120 inches a year in Toledo. That’s double the rainfall of northern Belize. But, apparently the conditions are perfect for growing fine cacao beans. The cacao plant only thrives when it grows next to tall trees whose canopy shelters the cacao from the wind and direct sun. Continue reading “Kakaw – The Fine Belizean Chocolate Made on Ambergris Caye!”

Developing A Country Profile for Business Processing Outsourcing In Belize


Over the past six years, thirteen (13) call centers have been established within central Belize. This is a clear indication that Belize has a fostering environment for the growth and development of the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) Sector. BPO is one of the priority sectors identified within Component three (3) of BELTRAIDE’s Compete Caribbean Project. As a result of this, Compete Caribbean-IDB and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), will be having its first ever workshop, “Analyzing The Potential of Developing The Business Processing Outsourcing Sector in Belize”; with the purpose of developing a country profile. This workshop will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012, from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., at the George Price Center, City of  Belmopan.

Mr. Anupam Govil, Consultant from Avasant in the United States will be the moderator at this workshop.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • An overview of the Global BPO Sector
  •  BPO Near-shoring Trends and Opportunities of Regional Competition
  • Addressable Markets and Offerings for Belize
  • High Level Strategy for Belize to gain more visibility in the BPO industry.

Interested persons, kindly feel free to contact Ms. Ruby Pascascio, Projects Officer at ruby@belizeinvest.org.bz, or Ms. Florence Cayetano, Public Relations Officer, at florence@belizeinvest.org.bz for further information.

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