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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.

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.

Continue reading “Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs!”

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).
Visit Us:
www.competecaribbean.org                                     Contact Us: competecaribbean@iadb.org

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:-CONSULTING SERVICES


Creating an Ecosystem for Enterprise, Innovation, and Research Development in Belize

The Compete Caribbean Program now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services to develop a comprehensive development strategy and implementation plan for ENOVA@UB, where dynamic private-public partnerships interactions forms an ecosystem for enhanced economic competitiveness and innovation thought in the areas of 1) Entrepreneur/Business/Export development, 2) Innovation, and 3) Research & Development.  by forwarding a copy of their Expressions of Interest demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. Please visit our website (www.competecaribbean.org) to obtain a copy of the full Terms of Reference for this consultancy.

Please see attached: Request of Interest

Request for Expressions of Interest ENOVA@UB

Consultancy Opportunity


Deadline: Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

Institution: Inter-American Development Bank
Country: Barbados
Project: Compete Caribbean
Sector: Private
Abstract: To provide general technical support, facilitation services, advice and training to Clusters selected for development of a Cluster Competitiveness Improvement Plan (CCIP) under the Program’s Support to Cluster Initiative, and to elaborate and present the CCIP in the program’s format on behalf of the Cluster.
Project No.: RG-X1044
Deadline: June 20th, 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) 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 Program is organized in three components: (1) Comprehensive Framework for Private Sector Development and Knowledge Management, (2) Business Climate and Competitiveness Enhancement Facility (3) Enterprise Innovation Challenge Fund (EICF).

The consulting services to be provided relate to Sub-component 3.1 of the program. The objectives of Sub-component 3.1 are to: (a) enhance the development of the productive sector, by supporting clusters and value chains to compete in regional and global markets; and (b) increase the generation of employment and income by strengthening Caribbean businesses with resources to finance innovative ventures, develop new products, implement new business models, and enter new markets. Services to be provided under this consultancy include working closely with clients to oversee and support the successful implementation of the cluster initiative.

Compete Caribbean now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the aforementioned services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

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.

Further information can be obtained from the Program Coordinating Unit at (246) 627 8557 or by directing email queries to Sharece Carrington at sharecec@iadb.org .

Expressions of interest must be delivered by email to sharecec@iadb.org by midnight on June 20th, 2014. Please include the following text in the subject heading:

“Expression of Interest – Cluster Facilitation Firm”

Download Terms Of Reference

Terms of Reference for Cluster Facilitator

Exploring new development in rural Small Businesses


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A capacity building workshop, is being executed by SBDCBelize Beltraide with approved funds from Compete Caribbean, is taking place in the Placencia Village in collaboration with the Placencia Village Council, from Feb 3 – 7, 2014.

In light of upcoming investment developments to the south of Belize, these workshops were geared towards targeting new and existing entrepreneurs in order to enhance their business skills, professional services and standards.

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Participants, who comprised of entrepreneurs and businesspeople from Placencia and the surrounding area, spent one week learning various business centered topics. These topics included:

  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Basic Business Plan Development;
  • Costing and Pricing;
  • Record Keeping;
  • Developing Customer Service;
  • Logistics; and
  • Marketing and Sales.

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SBDCBelize Beltraide wishes to congratulate all the participants on their exceptional participation during the training workshop.

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor


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Belize joins the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), through the execution of a Compete Caribbean project in Belize to strengthen the Economic Development Council (EDC) [BL-CC2037] and improve the business climate and entrepreneurship; Belize, for the first time, has joined the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). Three members of Belize’s National GEM team are attending the annual meeting of GEM national teams in Santiago, Chile.

Other team members for Belize are representatives from the Ministry of Economic Development, the Directorate of Foreign Trade, and the Belize Agro-productive Sector (BAS Group). This national team will be the coordinating body for the two entrepreneurship measurement tools, the Adult Population Survey (APS) and the National Expert Survey (NES).

Notably, GEM is the largest single study of entrepreneurial activity in the globe, which is an academic research consortium that measures and monitors entrepreneurial development, and activities around the world. As the New Year slowly ages, Belize has seized another remarkable opportunity to network with 80 economies, including the other Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, Jamaica, OECS, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

A country like Belize can benefit significantly from this membership. As these two distinctively designed surveys dissects a nation’s various economic, social, and well-being indicators, which can paint a clear picture or diagnosis of data relating to the three key types of entrepreneurship: force drive, efficiency driven and innovation driven. From this diagnosis, Belize can analyze entrepreneurship bottlenecks, economic development opportunities; but most importantly design and execute more impactful policies and initiatives for enterprise development. Continue reading “Global Entrepreneurship Monitor”

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