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Partial Scope Agreement between the Government of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala


The negotiations on the Partial Scope Agreement (PSA), between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, were launched on November 22, 2004. Both countries signed the agreement on 26th June, 2006. In 2009, Belize deposited its Instrument of Ratification to the CARICOM Secretariat and obtained CARICOM’s approval of the Agreement and completed its internal process of ratification that year. Guatemala completed its ratification in March of 2010. With the exchange of information notifying the completion of the internal process in each country, the PSA took effect on 4th April, 2010, thirty days after Guatemala completed its internal process of ratification.

This is Belize’s first negotiated bilateral trade agreement and one which takes into account the obligations to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This agreement has been seen as an opportunity to enhance trade and commercial relations for both countries.

Currently, Belize has completed the three phases of tariff reductions as outlined in the Tariff Schedules of the Agreement. The main products benefiting from this agreement are: citrus, tilapia, cattle, yellow corn, black beans, red beans, poultry and pepper sauce. This market is expected to offer premium prices relative to world prices. The PSA covers 150 goods, including certain goods under the headings of: animal products; prepared foodstuffs; products of the chemical or allied industries; plastics and articles thereof: rubber and articles thereof; wood and article of wood, wood charcoal; paper and paperboard, articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard; textiles and textiles articles; footwear, gaiter and the like; parts of such articles; glass and glassware; base metals and articles of base metal; and other items.

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BELIZE HACKATHON 2014: “Unlocking ICT Innovation”


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The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities, the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) cordially invites you to: A national competition bringing together the brightest minds in Information Technology at the tertiary level.

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Creativity, innovation and technical skills will be rewarded handsomely. The panel of judges will evaluate the coded prototype or mock up of the proposed solution today Monday, June 16th, 2014 and the winning team(s) will claim the title of Belize Hackathon 2014 champion and will be receiving prizes from primary sponsors and organizers who include Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), the Belize Tourism Board and our U.S. Sponsors (P & G Walmart). This event is being held in Belize City at the ITVET Campus, Dining Room from 9:30 am to 3:00pm. Winners will be announced at 2:00pm after which the winning team will have an opportunity to work with the receiving organization in fully developing and launching the mobile application.

 


Micro Enterprise Utility Start-up Package

Launch of First Ever Maya Cookbook in Belize


Launch of First Ever Maya Cookbook

“Nothing is better than a home-cooked meal that is wonderfully flavored with native plants, and served with love.” – Aurora Garcia Saqui

Producciones de la Hamaca is proud to announce the publication of U Janal Aj Maya: Traditional Maya Cuisine by Aurora Garcia Saqui with Amy Lichty of Maya Centre. “Learn how to prepare traditional Maya food from garden to table with recipes that have been passed down through the generations.”

Aurora Garcia Saqui is a Yucatec Maya, one of the famous Garcia sisters of San Antonio, Cayo, who married Ernesto Saqui of Maya Centre, a Mopan Maya. Reflecting these two language traditions, both Yucatec and Mopan names are given for each recipe. She and Ernesto have welcomed guests at their Nu’uk Che’il Cottages in Maya Center since 2000 and served them all traditional Maya food. “They always ask how I can cook such delicious food and I answer, ‘Because I cook with love.’”

Nicely illustrated with photographs at every stage, the book begins in the garden where many of the ingredients are grown. Instructions for preparing ingredients such as annatto and a description of the Mayan kitchen are included. From Sah’ (Atole) to Tz’yan Arroz (Rice Lab), 46 recipes of beverages, breakfast, soups, sauces, seasonings, side dishes, main dishes and desserts will delight any cook. The book sells for BZ$30.

Launch of First Ever Maya Cookbook in Belize

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Invest Belize DVD


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The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) unveiled its Invest Belize Video on the 28th of October, 2013 at the ITVET building, upper flat conference room. In collaboration with Compete Caribbean, the mandate has been to ensure that the rich offerings of Belize are showcased in a manner that truly promotes and further develops the Belizean economy; whilst attracting competent investors. Belize is no longer Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret, as efforts made have paved the way forward to ensure that the Natural Niche Belize effortlessly is highlighted as BELTRAIDE remains the pioneer in this venture.

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Sectors that have seen steady upswing include medical tourism, agri-business and energy. In addition, the service sector in Belize has seen impressive and measurable growth rate of 80%, particularly in the BPO sector. These sectors provide gainful employment for countless Belizeans across the length and breathe of this nation. Apart from the presentation of the Invest Belize Video, CEO Mr. Michael Singh will be keynote speaker addressing the way forward in terms of outlining the objectives and significance of the video.

To see the video, please visit our YouTube page by clicking the link below:

 


BTB 2013 Village Expo

Belize Medical Tourism Council/Association


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In August of 2012, BELTRAIDE with funding from Compete Caribbean facilitated the development of a Medical Tourism Strategy for Belize. With the strategy completed, BELTRAIDE will be venturing in the formalization of a Medical Tourism Association/ Council via the facilitation of a two day working session. The work sessions will be held today, August 20, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Facility in Belize City from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

The objectives of the working session are:

  • To develop a name, mission, vision, objectives, and function of the association.
  • To identify sources of finance for the association
  • To designate  Members of the Board
  • To outline the rules of engagement for members and develop organizational structure

The workshop facilitator is Mr. Massimo Manzi, the Executive Director of PROMED in Costa Rica, and the consultant who had developed the Medical Tourism Strategy.

 

To see move photos of this workshop, please click on link below

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.577267798978225.1073741853.218040954900913&type=3

 


2013 BTB Village Expo


Village Expo 2013

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