EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE and the Nature Conservancy holds meeting to discuss development of Belize’s Seaweed Industry.

EXPORTBelize, Beltraide and The Nature Conservancy facilitated a working session with fisher groups from Hopkins, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Sarteneja, Dangriga and Belize City, along with a representative from the Belize Federation of Fishers, to discuss development of Belize’s Seaweed Industry. This session is just one activity under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed between BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy in November 2016. A key objective of the MOC is to encourage a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize that provides products for local and international markets and directly impact livelihoods of coastal communities while restoring ecosystem health.


Each group was given the opportunity to report on the status of development relating to seaweed and to report on challenges faced in trying to advance their seaweed operations. The discussions were fruitful and the groups embraced a collaborative approach, offering advice to one another and applauding each other for efforts and accomplishments to dates. Both Agencies took the opportunity to outline their roles in the partnership and facilitated discussions on strategies to address challenges faced. The session concluded with discussions on the way forward relating to capacity building, marketing, market research and other efforts to advance development of the industry.


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 .

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

“Expression of Interest – Cluster Facilitation Firm”

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Terms of Reference for Cluster Facilitator

Request for Proposals – Consultancy for Regional Strategy and Implementation Plan




Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), invites proposals from qualified contractors to provide consultancy services for the Development of a Regional Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Effective Promotion of Investment Opportunities within CARIFORUM. Contractors are invited to submit a detailed technical proposal that demonstrates their capacity to undertake the assignment and a financial proposal.

The proposed consultancy is being undertaken in the context of the 10th European Development Fund Regional Private Sector Development Programme. Continue reading “Request for Proposals – Consultancy for Regional Strategy and Implementation Plan”

Belize’s Path To Medical Tourism

There’s been considerable buzz about whether Belize is ready to dip a toe into the field of medical tourism. Tourism is the major source of revenue for this small country. Medical tourism could provide a significant boost in revenue for the country. But medical tourism is rife with potential pitfalls. Recently the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide) initiated the first step in this process. They held their first public workshop on August 3rd. It was held at the George Price Center, in Belmopan. The IADB hired a medical tourism expert to lay the groundwork to develop Belize’s sustainable medical tourism plan.

The Costa Rican consultant, Mr. Massimo Manzi, moderated the recent workshop. He presented an overview of the study he’s leading. Mr. Manzi is the Executive Director of ProMed (the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine). He developed Costa Rica’s highly successful medical tourism model. He now offers his expertise to other countries to assist in developing their medical tourism models.

Mr. Nicholas Ruiz, the Executive Director of Beltraide, opened the meeting. He talked about the attractive opportunities in medical tourism. He repeatedly noted that Beltraide is committed to developing a sustainable medical tourism approach that will benefit Belize, and Belizeans.
“The over-riding idea is that we want Belizeans to participate in this industry.”
He also promised the stakeholders that the process will be transparent.

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Source: San Pedro Daily, August 5, 2012:


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