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”


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.


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.


BELIZE HACKATON 2014 - Unlocking ICT Innovation

Start Your Business The Right Way!

Micro Enterprise Utility Start-up Package

Vendors in Training For BTL Park Booths

Vendors in Training For BTL Park Booths

Updated: November 7, 2013

btl vendor training

Today the Belize City Council, along with CARILED and the Small Business Development Centre began five-day training for persons who have applied to occupy the B.T.L Park kiosks.  The training, as Mayor Darrell Bradley shared, covers Business Operations Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Recording Keeping, and Accounting and a total of 42 applicants being trained.


“They are being trained in various aspects of business management, financing, putting together a project proposal, marketing, product development and customer service so they understand the difficulty of being in a business and they understand what commitment and dedication is needed and so that their project is sustainable.  The BTL park is right on schedule; it’s going to be launched on December 7 and all of these applicants will be placed somewhere in BTL Park or along the water front and we are looking for an exciting launch.  We have coordinated with persons who are going to provide fireworks; we have people who are going to provide music and different things like that, so it’s going to be a fun activity to launch this park for residents and the people of Belize City.  The applicants were selected through an application process.  Everyone in here is in here just by them applying; every person who applied is here and we have committed because the business ideas were so good that we are going to place every person who applied.  The application was done by way of advertisement in all major newspapers and that was done in the months of September and October.  The ending of October we had a close off period; we did an additional vetting as we needed some additional information from some of the applicants.  We had a meeting with all the applicants to explain to them what was going to happen, going forward in terms of the selection process, the training and so one of the things that I really liked about the BTL Park Project is that it’s very people centered.  Before we did anything with the phase 3 component of the park, we met with the original 9 vendors we formed them into a legal association.  The City Council paid for them to get an independent legal attorney and we are working with them in training and other things.  We are coordinating very closely with this organization, their taking a leadership role; we are working with our partners like the Small Business Development Center, like CARILED, like the other large groupings of vendors in the area to ensure that everybody is giving their input, even residents who live in that community, so that the park is really something for all of us to enjoy.”


The Park is supposed to be opened on December seventh and the highlight being planned for that opening is fireworks.


Business Training Program


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CARILED, to facilitate a one week Business Training Program, for entrepreneurs , under CARILED Belize. The Training program is expected to transfer tools and information, in the areas of Marketing and Sales, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship-innovation, Costing and Pricing, Recordkeeping, Business Model Generation, among others. The program will commence Thursday, November 7th-November 14th, 2013, 9am-4pm, at Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence.


SBDCBelize, remains committed to its mission of fostering entrepreneurship through innovation, and looks forward to continue making small business happen, with the focus of creating economic impact.  


In this regard, the training should educate entrepreneurs with a well-rounded package to equip them in their business ventures.


The launch of Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package

The launch of Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package

A partnership between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service and the various public utilities, to provide direct support to small business owners and new startups, has resulted in the launch of what is being called a Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package.  Continue reading “The launch of Micro-Enterprise Utility Start-up Package”


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