EXPORTBelize in collaboration with the Belize Bureau of Standards held a Stakeholder Consultation on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at BELTRAIDE’s Headquarters in Belmopan City. This consultation was aimed to review and discuss the Final Draft for the CARICOM Regional Standard on Cocoa and Chocolate Products where approval or disapproval of the standard would be commented on and submitted by Belize for further submission to CROSQ, the regional organization for standards. The session consisted of those key stakeholders within the cacao industry who the regional standard, when passed, would ultimately impact.
A group of entrepreneurs from Dangriga and surrounding villages had the opportunity to attend an information session to assist them in becoming more competitive. The Trade Clinic was held at the Independence High School Conference Room on 31st May 2016.
The Trade Clinic is the second session organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , with the aim to sensitize members of the private sector across Belize on regulations, requirements, export procedures and documentations and opportunities that exist under trade agreements in order to do business in the local and international market.
The Trade Clinic included presentations from local partners including the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA), the Customs & Excise Department and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Topics included Standards , Export Procedures, Trade Agreement Opportunities and Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary Measures among many others.
EXPORTBelize provides customized needs based services in the areas of export development and promotion. The unit’s role is to encourage competitiveness of local businesses and to promote their products and services regionally and internationally by:
- Supporting exporters with development promotion that will facilitate maximizing market opportunities in unison with trade agreements;
- Collaborating with exporters in the promotion of their products and services locally, regionally and internationally;
- Offering specialized business development services and mentoring;
- Providing exporters with access to finance and research on product/services that can be capitalized.
The third Trade Clinic is scheduled for July 6th in San Ignacio with venue to be determined at a later date.
The Cabinet Subcommittee on Investments (CSCI) visited Belize Natural Energy (BNE) along with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in exploring energy investment opportunities on May 6th, 2016. In attendance included the Chair of the Subcommittee, Hon. Tracy Taegar Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce along with Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Hon. Vanessa Retreage, Attorney General at the Attorney General’s Ministry. The BNE team provided the delegation with a very insightful tour of the facilities including the components on oil and gas.
The Cabinet Subcommittee on Investments (CSCI) is a ministerial committee that was established in early 2013 to review large scale investment projects and conduct assessments ensuring meaningful investments while maximizing benefits to the people and Government of Belize. BELTRAIDE serves as the secretariat. For further details on investment opportunities in Belize, feel free to contact BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE at email@example.com or +501-822-3737 / 0175.
STANDARDS ACT (NO. 4 OF 1992)
DECLARATION OF NATIONAL STANDARD AND INTENTION TO DECLARE A STANDARD TO BE A MANDATORY STANDARD
THE BELIZE BUREAU OF STANDARDS hereby declares, pursuant to Section 8 of the Standards Act (No. 4 of 1992) that as of June 28th, 2012, the following standard shall be a national standard, namely: the Belize National Standard Specification for Filling, Handling, Storage, Transportation and Location of Portable Cylinders for Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
AND NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Minister responsible for standards and standards related matters, the Hon. Erwin Contreras, intends to declare the BELIZE NATIONAL STANDARD SPECIFICATION FOR FILLING, HANDLING, STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION AND LOCATION OF PORTABLE CYLINDERS FOR LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS to be a mandatory standard with effect from the 10th of August, 2012. Continue reading “Notice: The Belize National Standard Specification for Filling, Handling, Storage, Transportation and Location of Portable Cylinders for Liquefied Petroleum Gas.”