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SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE  and Mr. Jose Herrera, Lecturer for Small Business Management at the University of Belize is presenting the Entrepreneurship Development Workshop which will be held on February 27th, 2013 on campus!!!

For more information contact SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE at Tel: 223-3195 or email us at: sbdc@belizeinvest.org.bz

Hope to see you there!!!

Export Guide Launch On “How to Export To Central America and Dominican Republic”


As a result of the Market Access Regional Program, implemented through the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CENPROMYPE) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the toolkit “Exporting to Central America and the Dominican Republic” will be launched on November 6th, 2012 from 8:30am – 12:00pm, at Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina. This program is funded by SICA Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

This initiative seeks to promote regional trade as an opportunity to promote economic development so that the market is consolidated as a promotional space, to increase interdependence and opportunities for stakeholders in the region, including, governments, businesses and workers.

The recent signing of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union generates a lot of expectations, enhancing the opportunity to finalize negotiations, leading to the establishment of the Customs Union for the region. Continue reading “Export Guide Launch On “How to Export To Central America and Dominican Republic””

Prime Minister’s Forum 2012- Opening Remarks by CEO, Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh


Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

Dorian has done a good job of acknowledging our attendees, but I would like to go a bit further by giving special recognition to the members of the Economic Development Committee, often referred to as the EDC.  My co-chair, Ms. Kay Menzies, from the Private Sector, Mr. John Woods, Mr. Pat Andrews, Mr. Allen Reimer, Ms. Sue Courtenay, and from the Government, CEO Ms. Audrey Wallace, Mr. Alan Slusher, CEO Jose Alpuche, and CEO Sharman Hyde, and bringing it all together, Mrs. Amparo Masson, our Director of Public/Private Dialogue, who was also very instrumental in the planning of today’s event.  And of course a very warm welcome to everyone in attendance today.

Almost one year ago, we started something very special. We met in this very same room under the theme, “Turning the Corner”, from that gathering was born a new partnership between the private sector and government.  Over this past year, we have made great strides in building on this partnership.  Our EDC team has been meeting almost twice a month, and has been working tirelessly on developing an agenda for change. Often we had differing opinions, but we always agreed on one thing; that we all want best for Belize, and that together we have the power of change. Continue reading “Prime Minister’s Forum 2012- Opening Remarks by CEO, Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh”

How Can Belize Reap The Best Fruits From Our Agricultural Sector?


According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, the Agricultural sector, which is the backbone for our country’s revenues, had once again reduced its contribution to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product. This time, it was a much more significant decrease of 3.4%, from 2010 to 2011. One is left to plunder, how can we now address such dilemma?

With this sector being one of utmost importance to our country, necessary attention must be given particularly, by the primary stakeholders. Whether we are talking about the producers, processors, health authority, NGO’s, policy makers, or just the everyday consumer, we must ensure a quick rebound of this sector.

As producers, capitalize on your land, embrace capacity building and reap the best fruits from your land.  One way to do this is by engaging in multi-cropping, that is, cultivating two or more crops in the same space, at the same time. Multi-cropping can be done with tomatoes and cabbages, ocro and yams, sweet pepper and cucumber, or even lime and oranges; by the end of the day, these will lead to the intensification of land use; and division of production cost between these products.

Apart from farmers playing their role, it should in the best interest of policy makers, to provide positive incentives to these farmers, in order for them to be able to increase their production.  One such incentive can be in the form of land, increasing producers’ access to land, would certainly expand these producers cultivated area and increase their level of production, which will create employment for Belizeans. Continue reading “How Can Belize Reap The Best Fruits From Our Agricultural Sector?”

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