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BELTRAIDE and Compete Caribbean hosts National Cluster Workshop


BELTRAIDE, through its technical unit, EXPORTBelize  hosted a“National Cluster Workshop”   as part of the “Building Institutional Capacity for Strengthening Business Clusters” project implemented through financial support from Compete Caribbean.

The National Workshop, held on February 16th 2018 in Belize City, aimed to provide participants with insight into Compete Caribbean initiatives with the purpose of encouraging collaborative actions to improve the competitiveness of a sector or industry as well as to promote cross-sectoral linkages.  The workshop sought to provide a  framework to facilitating business clusters in Belize, consolidate the mapping of Business Support Organizations (BSOs), identify and assess potential and existing clusters and leverage resources of other BSO’s for cluster promotion.

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Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs!


Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs and their enablers!
 
The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships has partnered with Venture Hive to create a seven-week program focusing on providing support, engaging diaspora mentors and experts. And we need your nominations to help us track down the best and the brightest.
 
The program will focus on creating a solid foundation to scale, preparing for scaling through expansion or export, development of financing materials and preliminary due diligence documents, and utilizing international relationships and partnership for growth.

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United Kingdom Buying Shrimp in Belize!


A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals.

 

Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer as well as the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury’s, with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.

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Under the Sainsbury agreement, the shrimp is repackaged under its premium brand and sold exclusively by the chain as it has agreed not to source shrimp from any other supplier under its brand. This has resulted in a higher than projected price premium for exports to these markets.

 

 

Read more on Compete Caribbean’s website!

 

 

Request for Expression of Interest – Shrimp Branding


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Abstract: Shrimp produced in Belize, certified under the ASC shrimp standard, possess distinct characteristics that demand a high market value. In order to obtain this market advantage, the unique qualities of these shrimp need to be communicated to the consumer. Developing a unified branding and image for the Belize shrimp cluster and the transmitting this image to exporters, will ensure that these shrimp can be differentiated from others within international markets, and that the cluster can obtain the high market value assigned to sustainably certified shrimp.

Project No.: RG-X1044
Deadline: July 30, 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), have established a co-financing program called “Compete Caribbean” (RG-X1044). The ultimate goal of this Program is to contribute to the increase in the standard of living and quality of life in the Caribbean, the enhancement of the competitiveness of the Caribbean region, and increase the development impact of private sector development projects while emphasizing gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The consultant’s activities include but are not limited to (i) Submitting a detailed work plan with implementation timelines; (ii) Developing a Brand strategy having due regard to the achievement, size, location and development stage of the cluster, as well as the “fit” with the country brand and individual firm brands; (iii) Submitting draft and final reports with stakeholder feedback.

The Inter-American Development Bank now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the aforementioned services. Interested Consultants should have: (i) An advanced degree in Marketing, branding or a related field; (ii) At least five years working in a marketing capacity and demonstrated success in developing a marketing and branding initiative for aqua/agriculture based clusters; (iii) Experience working in the Caribbean region would be an asset, (vi) Fluency in English required and fluency in Spanish is an asset.

To view the full Terms of Reference for this consultancy, please click here.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9 and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (US Eastern Time).

Expressions of interest and accompanying CVs must be delivered by email to Tamara Gibson (tgibson@iadb.org) by midnight on July 30th, 2015. Please include the following text in the subject heading:

“Expression of Interest –Shrimp Branding”

Inter-American Development Bank
Division: CTI
Assignment: COMPETE CARIBBEAN: Private Sector Development and Competitiveness
Attn: Gibson, Tamara

“Hythe”, Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church, Barbados
E-Mail: tgibson@iadb.org
Tel: 1-(246) 627-8508
Web site: http://www.iadb.org

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOUR MARKET STUDIES IN THE CARIBBEAN


The CaFeatured imagenadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) is currently implementing a project in the Caribbean called Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and CHF, the aim is to increase the value of Caribbean fresh produce accessing high-value markets (HVM) in the Caribbean and internationally by CAD100 million 6 over six years.

CHF is requesting proposals from consultants to undertake four market studies: Barbados; OECS; Suriname; and Belize. The methodology for each study is similar, in order for PROPEL to analyze information across all studies. Individual Terms of Reference (ToR) for each have been prepared and are posted on the CHF website.

DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2015

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APPLY NOW!!!

Compete Caribbean is a private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) development activities in the Caribbean region. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Canada and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), supports projects in 15 Caribbean countries. Projects in the OECS countries are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
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www.competecaribbean.org                                     Contact Us: competecaribbean@iadb.org

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