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.
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) launched its Volume 6 of the Invest Belize Magazine, a signature piece which encapsulates business opportunities in Belize; under the theme, “Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity”. In the continued quest to promoting long-term development, the Volume 6 magazine was printed on sustainably grown paper, with the intent to resonate sustainable and eco-friendly practices in the public and private sector. Continue reading “Launch of INVESTBelize Magazine Volume 6”→
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), has successfully completed its Waitstaff, Housekeeping and Bartending Trainings which provided participants with the necessary skills to equip them for employment in the hospitality industry.
These three-week trainings, which ran from October 29th– November 16th, were held simultaneously and covered soft skills, customer service as well as industry specific technical skills where trainees were taught the essentials of perfecting their trade. The Waitstaff training was facilitated completely by BTEC’s staff while the Housekeeping and Bartending Trainings were executed in partnership with Happy Maids Cleaning Service and the Belize Bartender’s Association (BBA) respectively.
To celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the forty-four successful participants, the Belize Training and Employment Centre held a certificate ceremony on November 21st 2018.
Dr. Leroy Almendare- Execeutive Director, BELTRAIDE
David Lewis, Graduate- Bartending Training
Dr. Leroy Almendare- Execeutive Director, BELTRAIDE
BTEC, and in extension, BELTRAIDE, continues to remain at the forefront of the dynamic market demands while fulfilling its purpose to reduce the barriers to gainful employment and remain committed to developing and sustaining Belize’s quality workforce.
On Friday, November 9th 2018, The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE completed a 2 week training for the staff of Mahogany Bay Village in San Pedro. The training encompassed a week of soft skills which covered professionalism, work ethic, communication skills and one week of customer service which focused on handling customer complaints , telephone etiquette and more!
BTEC continues to be the lead centre for industry specific workforce development by providing value-based programmes. For more information on Capacity Building Trainings, contact the Belize Training and Employment Centre at 223-0322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Naledo Belize Ltd. is one of the world’s first manufacturers of fresh turmeric paste. Owned by Ms. Umeeda Switlo and established in 2016, the company produces a high-quality turmeric paste from a yellow ginger base, which is processed from farm to shelf in the Toledo District in southern Belize. The company uses as much locally sourced ingredients in its paste, including limes, cold-pressed coconut oil and black pepper. In little over two years, Naledo Belize Ltd. has produced over 30,000 bottles of yellow ginger paste, under the trademark, “truly Turmeric”. The company started by exporting to Canada and from then has expanded to the Bahamas and the United States.
The company, structured with the principles of a social enterprise, operates by its creed “Better Business, Better Lives”. The company buys from a network of approved growers, young and old, who do not use pesticides or herbicides, and grow the yellow ginger sustainably in and amongst other crops in the forest. “We have registered over 200 growers with our company to ensure we can meet the demands of our Truly Turmeric in 2017 and forward” said Ms. Switlo.
Through these practices, the company produces a high-quality product using artisanal methods, which produces a distinctive product made in small batches, giving Truly Turmeric a unique place on Canadian specialty food stores. In 2017, Naledo Belize Ltd. increased its production capacity by at least eight-fold to access new markets in the USA, CARICOM and other parts of the world, continuing its quest to bring Belizean Truly Turmeric from our farm to their shelves. Truly Turmeric aims to continue focusing in Toledo, contributing to its economic development and export diversification.