Government of Belize Launches the National Investment Policy and Strategy (NIPS)

The Government of Belize (GOB) through the Ministry responsible for Investment, Trade and Commerce, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) launched the Belize National Investment Policy and Strategy (NIPS) project on Monday December 2nd, 2019 at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza – Toucan Hall.

The Belize National Investment Policy and Strategy seeks to establish a national framework that will guide both domestic and foreign investments. The primary objective of the NIPS is to determine with greater certainty and predictability the national direction toward economic development and how citizens can participate in and benefit from this process through investments. The project also seeks to further increase confidence in Belize’s investment climate, increase Belize’s competitiveness as a viable investment destination, encourage economic activities across the priority sectors, sustain job creation and employment, while also diversifying investment opportunities for citizens. Furthermore, the project aims to simplify the ease of doing business in Belize, while empowering a more robust business sector through continued public-private collaboration.

Ultimately, the National Investment Policy and Strategy will further support the realization of Belize’s National Horizon 2030 Vision and Belize’s medium-term Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) 2016-2019 specifically targeting and supporting Critical Success Factor (CSF-1): Optimal National Income and Investment.

The event culminated in a cross section of public and private sector stakeholders who remain vital to the project’s success. The Keynote Address at the launch was delivered by the Hon. Tracy Taegar Panton, Minister of Investment, Trade and Commerce, with Remarks by Mr. Lennox Forte, Director of Regional Development at the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), Belize’s key supporting partner for the Project’s implementation. Members of the head table also included Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of BELTRAIDE as the executing agency for the project, Mr. Lincoln Blake, Director of the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit at the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Comerce, and Mr. Ishmael Quiroz, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council (EDC).

For additional information on the National Investment Policy and Strategy project, kindly contact the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) via email at or at +501-822-3737.

Belize Participates in UNCTAD’s Regional Seminar on Facilitating Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the Regional Seminar for the Caribbean on ‘Facilitating Investment in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) projects: Spotlight on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)’ on November 26 to 28, 2019. This three-day peer-to-peer networking, dialogue and capacity building event is being facilitated in conjunction with the Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA). The seminar, organized in partnership with CAIPA and the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency, aims to ensure the successful implementation of investment projects relating to the SDGs. Experts from UNCTAD, best practice investment promotion agencies (IPAs), the private sector and investment stakeholders have shared experiences and potential strategies on how countries, specifically SIDS including Belize, can continue to mainstream the global 2030 Development Agenda towards meeting SDG targets through investment. Continue reading “Belize Participates in UNCTAD’s Regional Seminar on Facilitating Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

The International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) 2019

BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, participated in the International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) held from November 1 – 2, 2019 at the Intercontinental Park Lane in London. The Conference provided a platform to drive international awareness and investment into the tourism sector by bringing key decision makers from the public and private sector to share innovative insights on the countless opportunities that exist at each destination. Belize was an integral part of the panel discussion, which sought to showcase the competitive advantages and investment opportunities across the region. Additionally, the Conference also provided the opportunity for one on one networking sessions, where representatives from Belize met with viable investment interests.

The conference was organized by Daiichi Display Ltd., a London-based company which owns ITIC in facilitating challenging dialogue between tourism industry leaders and stakeholders on the sustainable development of tourism and travel in collaboration with governments, investors and project owners.  Representing BELTRAIDE was Mr. Gian Hernandez, Investment Associate, along with Mr. Sean Tang, Business Development Manager at the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).

23rd Annual President’s Week Asset Protection & Investment Conference Ambergris Caye, Belize

Nagel & Associates LLC in partnership with Caye International Bank Limited hosted over twenty regional potential investors, as part of President’s Week, to discuss matters relating to international business, finance and investment opportunities. The 23rd Annual President’s Week Asset Protection and Investment Conference is being held as of November 9th – 13th, 2019 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye featuring key international and local speakers with expertise across various fields. The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) was represented by its sub-unit BelizeINVEST by Ms. Lianne Torres in presenting on investment opportunities in priority investment sectors, particularly the Tourism Sector in Belize.


Featured speakers included His Excellency Ambassador Joel Nagel, Founder & Managing Partner, Nagel & Associates LLC and Mr. Michael Cobb, CEO & Co-Founder ECI Development Limited, among others.


For further details on the event or investment opportunities in Belize, please contact BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE at or call +501 822-3737.



As part of its efforts to increase trade and investment linkages between Indonesia and Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted its first Indonesia Latin America and the Caribbean (INA – LAC) Business Forum held in Tangerang, Indonesia, on October 14th – 15th, 2019. Continue reading “INDONESIA – LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (INA – LATAMCAR) BUSINESS FORUM”

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