BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy hold Seaweed Cultivation Training in Little Water Caye

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with  EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) held a Seaweed Cultivation Training from March 3rd – March 5th in Little Water Caye; which provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fishermen in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.


This three day training was facilitated by Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited, whose members have previously received intensive training and certification in seaweed cultivation. Ten participants from four fishing cooperatives along with a representative from EXPORTBelize and TNC were trained and received certificates.  The participants included representatives from Toledo Fishermen Association, Sarteneja Fishermen Association, Wabaffu Fishermen Association and Turneffe Seaweed Farmers. The training included seaweed cultivation techniques, farm building and designing, harvesting techniques and the drying process.


For more information on The Nature Conservancy visit  The Nature Conservancy Belize page.

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Beltraide hosts Certificate Ceremony at the Central Prison

The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in conjunction with the Belize Central Prison, Kolbe Foundation and Restore Belize today held a certificate ceremony for a programme entitled “Equipped for Work/Makin’ It Work Job Preparedness Training” to provide persons leaving correctional facilities with the necessary tools and skills to become productive members of society.


The eleven week programme which included participants from the Wagner’s Youth Facility, Tango 2 Division, and the female unit of the Belize Central Prison, lasted from February 9th to April 22nd, 2016 and covered Personal Development and Healthy Self Image; Work Habits and Conduct; Bridging the Gap/Makin It Work; Customer Service; Resume Writing and Interview Skills and provided a platform for participants to improve their communication skills and develop short and long term goals for self-betterment.


To celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the fifteen (15) successful participants, the Belize Training and Employment Centre today distributed certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Belize Central Prison Auditorium. Guest speaker for the event was the Hon. Tracy Panton and CEO of the prison facilities Mr. Virgilio Murillo.

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Hon. Tracy Panton – Minister of State in the Ministry of  Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment , Trade and Commerce


BTEC, along with its parent company, BELTRAIDE, continues to operate at highest standards and remain at the forefront of ever-changing market demands and industry specific needs. BTEC’s core purpose is to reduce the barriers to gainful employment and remains committed to develop and sustain Belize’s quality workforce.


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(L- R)  Ms. Dianne Finnegan , Youth Advocate ; Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon , General Manager Enterprise & Innovation Division , Beltraide ;  Mr. John Woods, CEO Emeritus, Kolbe Foundation, Hon. Tracy Panton , Minister of  State in the Ministry of Economic Development Petroleum, Investment , Trade and Commerce ; Ms. Christine Smith , Manager of Belize Training and Employment Centre , Beltraide ; Mr. Virgilio Murillo , CEO , Kolbe Foundation

Caribbean Export and EU Offers Grants to the Region’s Food Producers


The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) officially announced the publication of the Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety for CARIFORUM agro- processing firms to receive financial assistance as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) on May 28, 2014.

The Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety is a reimbursable grant funding facility specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered agro processing firms within the CARIFORUM region who are exporting or have the potential to export their products to the European Union. It is a facility for firms looking for funding to support their capacity building to meet the food production standards of the European Union (EU) market.

While the challenge also exists among the large enterprises in the Region, it is very prevalent among the small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (MSMEs).  The allocation of this funding is hoped to ensure that goods of regional origin are produced under standard quality control conditions to meet the sanitary and regulatory requirements of the EU marketplace (such as HACCP, GAPs , GlobalGAP, ISO 14000, Fair Trade Certification , BRC, QF 1000, Primus GFS etc).

The Agency’s Executive Director, Pamela Coke Hamilton in her address at the launch event of the Call and it’s Food safety Preparedness Programme counterparts stated, ”This call, with a total commitment of US $200,000 seeks to ensure that food and beverage firms produce their goods under standard quality control conditions to meet the sanitary and regulatory requirements of the international marketplace and to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the EPA… Through this special call, we endeavour to increase the number of CARIFORUM agro-processors certified to export to the EU and beyond.”

Under the 10th EDF RPSDP the Agency is offering with this special call for proposal – food safety grants of up to 10,000 euros which represent a maximum of 70% of the total project cost to CARIFORUM based agro-processing firms. Firms that are exporting or demonstrate their potential to export and who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply to this special call for proposal – food safety.

The deadline for this Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety is July 9, 2014 and more information can be found at  Contact: Sam Kruiner, Special Advisor – Export Development ( , Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999

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IIC Launches FINPYME ExportPlus in Belize

February 27, 2014- With an opening conference in Belize City, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will launch its flagship export program, FINPYME ExportPlus, in Belize, in conjunction with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), IIC’s key partner in Belize.

Apart from the launch, the one-week event will consist of a series of trainings on resources and tools to improve the export competitiveness and capacities of over 35 local exporters. The trainings will be in the export development areas of certification, operations, and management processes:

  • Certification Processes- includes sanitation, health & packaging, quality etc.
  • Operational Processes- includes production chains, quality control, and logistics
  • Managerial Processes- marketing, strategic planning, foreign sales etc.

A representative from the Trade and Economic Counselor of the Wallonia Region of Belgium, sponsor of the FINPYME ExportPlus program in Belize, has noted:

“It give us great pleasure and satisfaction to extend our help and support to the [SMEs] of Belize. Based on our past experiences in Haiti and Panama, the expertise of our consultants, and our excellent collaboration with the IIC, I am convinced that all together we will reach our main goal of improving the efficiency of Belizean SMEs, and hence their international sales.” (Mr. Bernard Geenen, Trade and Economic Counselor of the Wallonia Region) Continue reading “IIC Launches FINPYME ExportPlus in Belize”

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