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PROCUREMENT NOTICE: VIRTUAL MSME KNOWLEDGE CENTRE AND B2B PLATFORM



PROCUREMENT NOTICE

Government of Belize

BUILDING RESILIENT MSMES- ACCELERATING DIGITIZATION PROJECT

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has received a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist BELTRAIDE in establishing national structures to support the accelerated digitization of MSMEs in Belize.

BELTRAIDE, under Output 2: Digital/ virtual platform commissioned for use in MSME capacity building and knowledge exchange of the BUILDING RESILIENT MSMES- ACCELERATING DIGITZATION PROJECT, is looking for a Belizean individual, Belizean firm, or consortium (including a minimum of 2 Belizean team members) to develop a digitally enabled platform that will provide a diverse range of support services to MSMEs including self-help/ self-paced e-learning opportunities and facilitate improved information and knowledge dissemination services transactions.

The assignment is expected to be undertaken over a period of 10 months.

The Consulting individual, firm or consortium must possess the following qualifications:

  • Leader must have a minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or a related field.
  • Possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience in designing, developing, testing processing, and deploying information system development.
  • Must have business analysis skills with experience in requirement gathering and expressing through tools such as wireframe, use cases etc.
  • Consultant must possess own computer equipment to carry out the consultancy
  • Expert understanding and experience in software development frameworks.
  • Expert knowledge in design and development of database systems.
  • Hands-on experience of working on APIs.
  • Proficiency in Programming Languages such as: C++, PHP and JavaScript, among others

The required documents can be submitted either through email or mail as follows:  

  • A cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for this assignment;
  • A brief technical proposal on how you will approach and conduct the tasks along with personal CV’s of each consultant/consultants, inclusive of two (2) examples of previous relevant work.
  • A financial proposal that includes a fixed lump sum amount inclusive of a summary of total costs, a breakdown of remuneration, and breakdown of reimbursable expenses. The total cost should include taxes (Income Tax, GST, Social Security, or any other similar taxes). Reimbursable expenses should include the following: per diem, cost of travel, communication costs, other allowances where applicable and provisional or fixed sums (if any). The financial proposal shall be stated in Belize Dollars.

The required documents must be clearly labeled “VIRTUAL MSME KNOWLEDGE CENTRE AND B2B PLATFORM” and submitted by email to projects@belizeinvest.org.bz or sent to 3401 Mountain View Boulevard, Suite 201,

City of Belmopan, Belize

For more information, kindly click here or scroll down to access the Term of Reference.

The deadline to submit an application is August 6th,2021 at 4:00pm.

BELTRAIDE reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel this invitation partially or in its entirety. BELTRAIDE will not be bound to provide reason(s) for not shortlisting any applicant, and will not defray costs incurred by the applicant, in the preparation and submission of Expression of Interest.

BELTRAIDE introduces BTEC Training Calendar 2021-2022


BTEC Training Calendar – Click to enlarge

BTEC, the unit of BELTRAIDE responsible for job readiness and capacity building trainings, is proud to announce it’s first-ever Training Calendar for 2021-2022.

The series of workshops available on BTEC’s Training Calendar aims to prepare those looking for employment to be competitive candidates, as well as those already employed to advance their skills and knowledge in various subject areas.

Plan ahead and pre-register for the trainings that best suit you or your organization.

For full calendar and details on how to sign up, visit: http://www.belizeinvest.org.bz/btec


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Belize – Republic of China (Taiwan) Economic Cooperation Agreement


An Outlook on the potential trade and cooperation opportunities of the Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECA) between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

The introduction of the ECA between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) could serve as a major economic milestone in stimulating trade in selected goods, while placing much emphasis on capacity building endeavors. For many in the private sector in Belize, this landmark Agreement will provide a multitude of benefits across several areas which include some of the below:

  • Diversification and expansion of trade by granting of varying forms of tariff preferences;
  • Technical cooperation and capacity building activities across several critical areas such as standards, technology, innovation, among others;
  • Enhancing supply capacity;
  • The introduction of an effective and transparent trade dispute mechanism.

In terms of trade, the agreement provides for immediate duty-free treatment for all of Belize’s major export products, and an early phase-out of import duties on goods that can be developed for the Taiwan market within the short-to-medium term.  The Fisheries and Agricultural sectors are part of the key industries to benefit from the agreement, consequently providing access to Taiwan’s 23.57 million citizens. Once in force, this bilateral engagement will serve as a cornerstone for export potential and may also function as a catalyst for product diversification in Belize.

The table below showcases some of the key products and items covered under the ECA’s extensive list for Tariff Preferences:

To learn more about all the goods receiving tariff preferences under this agreement, kindly see the link below: https://www.dgft.gov.bz/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Economic-Cooperation-Agreement-between-the-Governments-of-Belize-and-the-ROC-Taiwan-2020.pdf

CAIPA Call for Private Sector Projects


BELTRAIDE in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), is seeking investment-ready commercially viable private sector projects in need of capital to scale their operations locally and or internationally. 

The investment-ready projects will be promoted to potential investors who may be from the Diaspora, Local Investors, Institutional Investors e.g., Pension Funds, Hedge Funds, among others. The projects will be promoted through the Caribbean Project Preparation and Packaging Platform (CPPIP), an initiative of the CAIPA, which seeks to package investment projects, structuring them so that they meet the requirements of investors and then promoting them globally to carefully vetted investors.

To be a part of the CPPIP initiative, your project should meet the below criteria:

  1. Possess strong financials (audited preferred) for 3 successive years (Pre-COVID) ending December 31, 2019; financials for 2020/2021 calendar year (to see the effect of COVID); and projected financials from 2022 onward;
  2. Require funding of US$1m+ for business expansion;
  3. Your business venture must fall within the identified categories/commercial sectors noted below;
  4. You may be seeking public listing as part of your expansion strategy.
  5. Please contact BELTRAIDE to request a copy of the detailed checklist requirements.

Identified categories/commercial sectors are:

  • Agriculture processing
  • Beachfront Lands/Hotels/Resorts
  • Commercial Property
  • Consumer Goods/Packaging
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Exchange listed assets
  • Export Activity/Trading
  • Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • Housing
  • Manufacturing (light, mid)
  • Medical
  • Mining/Transformation/Offtake
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind, offtakes arranged)
  • Services
  • Technology
  • Telecoms
  • Transport 
  • Other

We hereby request an expression of your interest to submit a project under this initiative based on the above criteria. Any information shared will be treated with the strictest confidence. After submitting your project, you will be contacted by the CPPIP team for a follow up. 

Please note that our team at BELTRAIDE will be assisting you throughout the process. The deadline for submission of your project information is Monday July 19, 2021.  

Should you require any additional information about this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Fiona Coleman-Espejo, Manager, BelizeINVEST via email fiona@belizeinvest.org.bz or via telephone at (501) 822-3737.

PROCUREMENT NOTICE: Digitization Project


PROCUREMENT NOTICE

BUILDING RESILIENT MSMES- ACCELERATING DIGITIZATION PROJECT

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has received a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist BELTRAIDE in establishing national structures to support the accelerated digitization of MSMEs in Belize.

BELTRAIDE, under Output 1: Socio Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) On MSME Results to develop a Medium Term Strategy to Strengthen the MSME Ecosystem, is looking for a Belizean national, firm or consortium to develop a national survey to ascertain the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs in Belize and to develop an inclusive MSME Medium-Term Strategy to foster an entrepreneurial culture and promote business development in Belize. 

The assignment is expected to be undertaken over a period of 20 weeks.

The Consulting individual, firm or consortium must possess the following qualifications:

  • Team Leader must possess minimum of a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Finance, Business Administration, or Economics.
  • Experience in MSME development, developing MSME policies and strategies in developing economies;
  • Have experience working with senior government officials across different ministries; 
  • Committed to participatory approaches;
  • Legal expertise regarding national and international MSMEs laws, regimes or policy framework, strategy and trade agreements would be an asset;
  • Possess strong drafting, communication, and research skills;
  • Fluent in English with working knowledge of Spanish;

For more information, kindly click here or scroll down to access the Term of Reference.

The required documents must be submitted by email to projects@belizeinvest.org.bz or in 1 sealed envelope clearly labeled DEVELOPMENT OF A MEDIUM TERM MSME NATIONAL STRATEGY CONSULTANCY and to

341 Mountain View Boulevard, Suite 201,

City of Belmopan, Belize.

Documents required:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for this assignment;
  • A brief technical proposal on how you will approach and conduct the tasks;
  • A financial proposal that includes a lump sum amount; a breakdown of the lump sum including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days.
  • A personal CV (firms and consortiums must submit a CV for each consultant). 

BELTRAIDE reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel this invitation partially or in its entirety. BELTRAIDE will not be bound to provide reason(s) for not shortlisting any applicant, and will not defray costs incurred by the applicant, in the preparation and submission of Expression of Interest.

See below for full Terms of Reference and Procurement Notice:

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