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BELTRAIDE & UB PARTNER TO CONSTRUCT GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE’S FIRST-EVER GREEN BUILDING!


On September 17, 2015, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the University of Belize held the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new facility: Belize Enterprise and Innovation Institute (BEI2).

The building will be located on University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences campus in Belize City and will house two of BELTRAIDE’s technical units: SBDC Belize an Export Belize. It is designed to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation and strengthen Belize’s enterprise competitiveness.

The building will accommodate a series of meeting rooms, small business incubators as well as a resource centre. The BEI2 is the first government facility to incorporate both Green and SMART technologies which will be beneficial in promoting environmental conservation as well as encouraging the use of modern technologies to facilitate enterprise and innovation.

At the launch a memorandum of Understanding was signed between BELTRAIDE and the University of Belize as a symbol of an extended partnership. Signing on behalf of UB was Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Harrison Pilgrim and on behalf of BELTRAIDE was CEO in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh, other signatories included: Leija Melanie Gideon, Manager of Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE and President of UB, Alan Slusher.

The facility is being designed by Hilberto Riverol Jr.

BELTRAIDE wants to sincerely thank the US Mission to the OAS, the OAS and University of Texas at San Antonio for all their kind assistance and guidance over the last three years. Without their assistance, BELTRAIDE would not be able to achieve all its successes under its SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize units and have this very notable milestone of BEI2 groundbreaking.

(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Melanie Gideon , CEO
(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean Faculty of management & Social Science, Melanie Gideon , Manager Enterprise & Innovation, CEO Min. of Trade,Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development & Consumer Protection
CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection
CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection


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Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-Up Package – “An immediate relief measure for entrepreneurs and new starts-up”


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is pleased to announce the “Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package” for the promotion, strengthening and support of the newly registered Micro Enterprise (ME). Micro Enterprise is defined as a business with:

a) less than 5 employees; or

b) less than $100,000 in annual sales; and

c) less than $50,000 in capital investment.

With the support of the Government of Belize, through its Office of Public-Private Dialogue, BELTRAIDE had partnered with the Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL), Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWSL,) and Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) to make this initiative possible. These three key utility service providers will be offering attractive packages for new starts-up businesses. The packages will waive connection fees and deposits for these three utilities.

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BELTRAIDE transitioning to ASYCUDA for Duty Exemption Processing


One of the main benefits for the investors utilizing the Fiscal Incentives Program is the duty exemption.  To be able to provide this service, BELTRAIDE needs to work hand in hand with the Belize Customs and Excise Department.  BELTRAIDE will commence training in early December 2012 to transition into using the ASYCUDA WORLD (Automated SYstems for CUstoms DAta); which is leading media software that Integrates Customs Information Systems in more than 80 countries.

ASYCUDA began with an UNCTAD initiative to reduce transaction costs throughout the trade transaction chain, with potential cost savings per annum of $100 billion worldwide. It will be used to generate statistical economic analysis, manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, and transit and suspense procedures.

Belize has proudly implemented the software at Punta Gorda and Big Creek since June and August 2010 respectively, Phillip Goldson International Airport since May 2011, Belize City in September 2011, Benque Viejo Customs Station since July 2012 and Santa Elena Customs Stations since August 2012.

BELTRAIDE will be providing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between Concession Holders and Customs. Once the due diligence of the Fiscal Incentive request is done, the System will automatically authorize or be flagged by a BELTRAIDE authorized personnel.  This should then speed up the process in getting your goods assessed by Customs within 1-3 business days given that all requirements are met.  Overall, this system will facilitate control of the import and exports in our country, Belize.

BELTRAIDE only accepts invoices for the processing of duty exemption request during this transition period.  Thereafter, invoices will need to be submitted by your customs broker who will then upload it to the ASYCUDA system for BELTRAIDE’s personnel to conduct due diligence and approve online.
Sources:

http://www.asycuda.org

http://www.customs.gov.bz/asycuda.html

http://www.customs.gov.bz/download/SAD_Process.pdf

BELTRAIDE Launches New Website


 BELTRAIDE Launches New Website

 October 18, 2012 – In an effort to continuously promote Belize and offer reliable and updated trade and investment information, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), has re-designed its website, www.belizeinvest.org.bz. This new and improved website supports BELTRAIDE’s strong brand recognition, enhances awareness of Belize, and creates a portal to other useful websites.

The website features a clean design with organized descriptions covering the breadth of Belize’s priority sectors, the purpose of investing in Belize, the procedures to establish a business in Belize, resources, export development, and other updated and relevant information.  Additionally, the website incorporates modern tools such as social media, and other user user-friendly features. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE Launches New Website”

GSR ENERGY AND BAGASSE CO-GENERATION PROJECT RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING


“GSR Energy Limited is one of the winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean.  The award is in the form of a grant for the Bagasse Co-Generation Project. An excerpt from the link in regards to the contest is provided below.

After three years of self-funded effort, GSR Energy Limited’s Bagasse Co-Generation Project has received a vote of confidence from an international consortium.

In addition to grant funding, GSR Energy Limited will receive technical and business development support to implement the Sugar Cane Bio-Refinery Project which is comprised of the Bagasse Co-Generation Project fully integrated with an Ethanol Plant.

GSR Energy Limited will also receive access to other experts, policy makers, institutions and potential financial partners.”

Further details are provided in the following link:

http://iadb.org/en/topics/energy/ideas/ideas,3808.html

Source: Inter- American Development Bank: http://iadb.org/en/topics/energy/ideas/ideas,3808.html

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