Belize’s natural resources, pro-business investment climate, democratic stability, and incentives have led to steady growth in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). The Government of Belize’s (GOB) strategic commitment to support the sustainable development of its priority industries, such as, Agriculture, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Offshore Outsourcing, Sustainable Energy, Logistics & Light Manufacturing, and Tourism, has contributed to a 17% increase of FDI inflows in 2016, when compared to 2015. Continue reading “Belize, Your Natural Niche”
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) will host the 3rd staging of the Caribbean Investment Summit on May, 13, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Miami, USA. The event will be funded and co-organised by the Inter-American Development Bank as a part of a Regional Public Goods Initiative entitled: Support to Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean.
Produced with support from Financial Times’ fDi Magazine, the Caribbean Investment Summit offers a unique window for investors to the region’s diverse opportunities available to them, and aims to attract a wealth of potential investors interested in the dynamic Caribbean brand.
Following the success of two previous events in London and Mexico, the Summit will bring focus to the region’s key industry sectors: renewable energy, business process outsourcing (BPO) and niche tourism. Continuing under the theme, The Climate is Right in the Caribbean, the event will provide an unmatched platform for regional Investment Promotion Agencies, senior government officials and Ministers of Government to expose their ‘shovel ready projects’ to prospective investors in their newest target market, the United States.
Over 100 high net worth individuals and investors are poised to gather at this year’s Summit which will once again be emceed by Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times Group. The event also seeks to take advantage of the proximity of the United States to the Caribbean, as the region continues to target strategic investors under the roll-out of the recently developed Regional Investment Promotion Strategy. At this years’ event awards will be given to the Regional Investor of the Year and those in attendance will hear first-hand from investors who have successfully invested in the region.
The above article was posted on the Caribbean Export Blog Page. The original can be viewed at http://www.carib-export.com/caribbean-investment-summit-2016-miami/
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.
In order to get into the international market, you need the international connections, tools, and information to make it happen. As an item within the Annual SBDC Network Conference, in Orlando, Florida, BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding to access SBDCGlobal.com, a powerful and free online trade platform that will link the 750,000+clients of the U.S.., Mexican, Salvadoran, and Colombian Small Business Development Center Networks for international trade opportunities. The MOU was signed by Ms. Melanie Gideon, Deputy Executive Director, BELTRAIDE, and Robert McKinley, Vice President, UTSA Institute for Economic Development. The signing was witnessed by representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).
Belize (with only one Centre operating for less than a year) is the second country in Central America, (and the first in CARICOM) to sign off on the MOU and to access this trade platform, following El Salvador who sign off last week, after three years of operating a SBDC Network.
Feel free to visit SBDCGlobal.com, where BELIZE is newly being showcased along the other four countries on the platform and learn how it can be helpful to you, regardless of whether you are an experienced trader, or a start up.