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PRESS RELEASE: Strengthening the Bilateral Trade and Investment Relationship between Belize and Florida


On March 3 – 4, 2020, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce of the Government of Belize (GOB), were hosted at a two (2) day outbound Belize Business Mission in Tallahassee, the capital city of the state of Florida in the U.S. Belize and the state of Florida have long maintained bilateral commercial relationships in areas of trade, investment and enterprise development. Apart from serving as the primary port and airlift gateway for Belizean exports and travelers into the U.S., many members of the Belizean diaspora also currently reside within the state presenting several opportunities for greater commercial, educational and other exchanges in development.  

For this reason, the mission was organized around the core objective of further assessing key points of partnership in trade and investment development with the state of Florida specifically, while promoting bilateral opportunities for market access and investment diversification. As a part of the visit, several meetings were held at the State Capitol with key members of the state’s legislature including members of the Senate and House of Representatives. The visit also included meetings with Florida’s Secretary of State, Laurel M. Lee, and Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, Jeanette Nuñez, in further discussing bilateral trade and investment engagements between Belize and the State of Florida. Furthermore, the mission included a meeting with Mr. Jamal Sowell, Secretary of Commerce and the CEO of Enterprise Florida, BELTRAIDE’s counterpart trade promotion and development agency.

The Belize delegation was led by Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of BELTRAIDE and included Ms. Shahera McKoy, Manager of EXPORTBelize, and Mr. Hero Balani, Manager of BelizeINVEST Generation, units of BELTRAIDE. The mission was organized in collaboration with Mr. Michael D. Young, Executive Director of the Belize American Chamber of Commerce, as well as, Mr. Shawn Foster and Mr. Sam Wagoner of Sunrise Consulting Group in Florida. Several follow up actions are already underway including the potential organization of a follow-up mission from Florida to Belize from September 10 – 14, 2020.

BTEC, BELTRAIDE Certifies 17 persons in The Basics of Caregiving


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE , in partnership with the National Council on Ageing, has successfully completed its final Job Preparedness Training for 2019!

Today, seventeen persons have been certified in Basics of Caregiving after completing a 5-week training programme. The training covered First-aid and CPR facilitated by the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT); the basics of elderly care; caring for persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and a host of other topics facilitated by Dr. Ajay Hochandani, Nurse Kelsey Dawson and Chandra Ake as well as a 2-week internship at the Sister Cecelia’s Home for the Elderly.

Beyond learning the technical skills necessary for work in the caregiving field, the first week of this training comprised of soft skills preparation in topics such as Work Ethic, Communication Skills, Time Management and Customer Service in addition to an overview of Belize’s Labour Laws facilitated by the Labour Department and Substance Abuse in the Workplace facilitated by the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC). The soft-skills and technical component of the training aimed to equip participants with the tools to become successful professionals in the caregiving field.

BELTRAIDE, through its technical unit, BTEC remains committed to developing a cadre of well-trained individuals who can successfully compete in the workforce.

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BTEC, BELTRAIDE completes Job Preparedness Training in Independence


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE , in partnership with the Independence High School, has successfully completed a Job Preparedness training in Independence Village.

Participants were trained for three weeks of which the the first two weeks were facilitated primarily by BTEC staff and covered soft skills such as professionalism, resume building, communication skills, conflict management as well as customer service excellence. In the final week of training, participants parted into their technical groups of Waitstaff and Basic AC Repair which were facilitated by Mrs. Vanita Bardalez and Rudel and Danilo Coc respectively. To celebrate the accomplishments of the 25 participants, a certificate ceremony was held on August 6, 2019 in the Independence High School Auditorium where participants were awarded certificates of completion in their respective fields.

The Belize Training and Employment Centre and in extension, BELTRAIDE, remains committed to develop a cadre of well-trained, marketable and self sufficient individuals that can confidently compete in the marketplace.

China: As an Export Opportunity


EXPORTbelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE is responsible to identify viable export markets and opportunities for its clients. After attending China-LAC in November of 2018 and analyzing the market in China, it was noted that there is great potential for Belizean Export Companies to enter into the Chinese market. Continue reading “China: As an Export Opportunity”

BELTRAIDE meets with representatives from The State of Qatar to discuss new avenues for investment in Belize


Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), represented by our Executive Director, Dr. Leroy Almendarez, met with Ms. Margaret Juan, Chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador, Ms. Jenny G Iglesias Zablah and Sr. Tariq Othman Fakhroo, officials from The State of Qatar today to discuss the exploration of new investment avenues in Belize.

This meeting sought to identify key areas of business interest in Belize that would generate the most investment and also discussed the plan to have two investment missions between Belize and Qatar to propel this initiative.

BELTRAIDE continues to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship,  business growth and innovation by enabling a dynamic and competitive business environment for Belize’s Socio-economic development.

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