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Beltraide signs MOU with Atlantic Bank


 

On Wednesday March 16th the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE and Atlantic Bank Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in outreach initiatives where possible. This first of its kind partnership features the Government’s leading development agency and one of the country’s largest financial commercial banks agreeing to sensitize entrepreneurs and the business community on services and products aimed to improve their business enterprises.

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The agreement also seeks to promote global trade finance programs including pre-import and pre-export financing. Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager of Enterprise and Innovation Division, Beltraide signed on their behalf while Ms. Sandra Bedran signed on behalf of Atlantic Bank Ltd.

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(L) Lejia Melanie Gideon – General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division , Beltraide and Ms. Sandra Bedran – Atlantic Bank Ltd. (R)
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(L) Lejia Melanie Gideon – General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division , Beltraide and Ms. Sandra Bedran – Atlantic Bank Ltd. (R)
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BELTRAIDE WORKSHOP AIMS TO FOSTER AN INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEM IN BELIZE


 

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with infoDev, a World Bank Group, hosted a one day workshop with stakeholders to chart a way to foster an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belize.

This workshop, which was held at the ITVET Dining room in Belize City on Monday February 29th, brought together incubator managers, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, the media, donors and investors to facilitate the development of a collaborative approach to building a sustainable ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The workshop, entitled ‘Accelerate Caribbean’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development’, is part of the Accelerate Caribbean Project, which forms part of a seven-year, $20M Entrepreneurship Program of Innovation in the Caribbean, (EPIC). The objective of this project is to strengthen entrepreneurship and boost job creation across 14 CARICOM countries, including Belize. The project is designed by InfoDev and implemented by IMC Worldwide.

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Workshop will be followed by a three-day Accelerate Caribbean’s Business Incubation Management (BIM) Training from Tuesday, March 1st to Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 (ongoing), this is being held at BTEC training room.

BIM is designed for business incubation managers and other stakeholders wishing to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process. Topics such as “planning and managing and incubator”, “monitoring, and evaluating an incubator” is part of the agenda.

Speakers of the workshop on Feb 29th included Ms. Sophia Muradyan, infoDev, from the World Bank Group, Natalia Pipia, team leader for Accelerate Caribbean, Kim Aikman, CEO from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a panel of private sector representatives.

This initiative was developed in tandem with Belize’s newly National Entrepreneurship Strategy.

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New infoDev/World Bank Report: Green Industries Offer Opportunity for Small Businesses


Dear friends and colleagues:

As world leaders gather in New York City this week for the 2014 UN Climate Summit, infoDev / The World Bank Group is proud to announce a new report titled “Building Competitive Green Industries: the Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries“. This report quantifies significant opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs by providing solutions to local climate challenges. Download the full report and check out the accompanying infographic!

Sincerely,

infoDev / The World Bank Group

Trade Americas & ConnectAmericas Expo


Building the Americas

September 3-4, 2014 – Miami, FL – U.S.A.

Latin American and Caribbean countries are investing about 2.5% of their GDP’s in roads, airports, ports and other major infrastructure projects; however, it was noted that speakers at the Expo held in Miami, FL on September 3-4, 2014 said that this is not enough to satisfy the region’s growing needs.

Some 450 government and business leaders from 28 countries gathered for the two-day Trade Americas & ConnectAmericas Expo as an opportunity to explore ways to bridge Latin America’s infrastructure gap. Speakers at the conference which was organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Latin Trade Group, said that with growing populations – the region is expected to have 700 million people by 2030 with more people moving into the middle class and globalization; hence, creating a need for adequate infrastructural development.

Belize was also invited to attend the event in Miami where some 400 business matchmaking meetings were organized for all attendees. The main objectives for Belize’s participation included capacity building through plenary sessions, showcasing of relevant projects that are seeking funding and / or suppliers as well as participating in the one-on-one business matchmaking sessions. Various stakeholders were invited to submit projects to be represented at the expo and the following four (4) projects were highlighted including, (1) the Commerce Bight Maritime Port project, (2) a bio-ethanol and co-generation project, (3) an energy terminal project as well as (4) a commercial business park development. Based on a follow-up survey to attendees, 75% indicated that they met their stated objectives, while 100% stated that they would attend the event again granted the networking opportunities and lead generation amongst investors, financiers, consultants and suppliers. Continue reading “Trade Americas & ConnectAmericas Expo”

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