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BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop


On Monday, October 23rd, 2017, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and The Organization of American States (OAS) launched The Global Value Chain Workshop.

This four-day workshop is designed to support the initiative, “Small Business Development Center Model” led by OAS. It aims to provide participants with insights into how to develop effective policies to increase Caribbean countries’ competitiveness in these chains at the local, regional and global levels. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop”

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BELTRAIDE attends Foro de Cancun 2017


Foro de Cancun, an annual forum aimed to strengthen ties between Latin America and the Greater Caribbean for better integration and diversity in global value chains, was held on September 27th – 29th, 2017 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. BELTRAIDE, represented by Ms. Diana Hernandez from EXPORTBelize and Mr. Gian Hernandez from BelizeINVEST, Generation, attended this year’s event, promoting Belize as a viable and opportune market for trade and investment.

The main activities of the Forum included business round-table discussions between buyers and exporters from the region, but also seminars and workshops on building a regional strategy to project business opportunities to other external markets. There were varying interests in the displayed products, some of which included: hot sauce products, juices, chocolate and rum. Buyers present were from China, Columbia, Mexico, U.S.A., and other countries in Europe.

BELTRAIDE, along with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and CFI Haiti, also participated in a round table discussion with the Cancun Hotel Association where an array of tourism development prospects were tabled, along with the intent to establish a partnership with Mexico and the Caribbean.

The Forum currently caters to approximately 500 participants from 16 different countries, and gives them the ability to connect with one another in further expanding their development interests on a global scale.

For more details on this event, please feel free to contact BELTRAIDE at +501-822-3737 or at beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz

Belize Participates at Belgium’s First International Day of Cacao & Chocolate Brussels, Belgium. October 2, 2017.


Brussels, Belgium. October 2, 2017. Belize’s cacao and chocolate industry was highlighted at the inaugural Belgian edition of the International Day of Cacao and Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium on 1st October, 2017. The Embassy of Belize in Brussels and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) joined forces to represent Belize at the event in the center of Brussels, long acknowledged as a chocolate capital of the world. In addition to a successful booth showcasing a variety of Belize’s cacao and chocolate products, a special presentation on the trade and investment potential of Belize’s cacao industry was made by the Ambassador of Belize to Belgium, H.E. Dylan Vernon, and BelizeINVEST Manager of Investment Generation at BELTRAIDE, Mr. Hero Balani.

The purpose of the day was to bring together cacao growers and chocolatiers to share experiences and ideas on how these key actors can work closer together in the cacao value chain. Hundreds of chocolatiers, cacao importers, and chocolate aficionados attended the event, as did Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders. The guests had the opportunity to view booths and attend presentations on a range of themes, including the bean-to-bar concept, environmental aspects of cacao cultivation, the health benefits of chocolate, and investment possibilities in producer countries. Apart from Belize, six other countries, mostly from Central America, showcased booths.

Belize’s featured participation in this event was as a direct result of its first promotional presentation held at the Embassy in Brussels back in March of this year. The Embassy of Belize and BELTRAIDE continue to work towards promoting Belize’s cacao industry throughout Europe. In this regard, a trade mission from Belgium to Belize is being planned for 2018.

While in Brussels, Mr. Balani also held a Business Roundtable with members of the European-Central America Chamber of Commerce (EURACEN), and informational meetings with officials of the European Commission (EC), and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat.

BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, facilitates Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Trade Mission


In an effort geared towards stimulating FDI growth, BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, facilitated an inbound Trade Mission on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.

The mission served as an ideal platform for participants to raise key questions regarding the investment process, and applicable incentives offered at BELTRAIDE in supporting business growth, and consequently economic growth in Belize.

Meetings were also held at Atlantic International Bank, where the participants received tailored support and advice on opening the relevant bank accounts for their respective developments in country.

The Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida plans on conducting annual trade missions to Belize, and partnering with BELTRAIDE in further advancing its mission to impact Belize’s investment climate.

BELTRAIDE Hosts First Talent Fair 2017


In an effort to better match Belize’s talent capacity with investment demands, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through its technical units of BelizeINVEST and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), held its first ever Talent Fair 2017 on August 17, 18 and 19 at BTEC on the ITVET Compound in Belize City. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE Hosts First Talent Fair 2017”

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