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The Belize Training & Employment Centre (BTEC) Trains 60 persons in the Independence/ Placencia Area


 

The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, one of the leading industry specific training centers in Belize, today held a certificate ceremony at the Independence High School in Independence Village.  Sixty participants received certificates in areas of Lifeguard training; Gardening and Landscaping; Hospitality and wait staff; Introduction to Bartending and Housekeeping and Janitorial services. The training was geared towards persons who are employed or seeking employment in the various fields.

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Also at the event, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was  signed between BELTRAIDE and the Independence High School (IHS) . The MOC entails BELTRAIDE doing more job – preparedness training of students and out of school residents in the area, while IHS will provide classrooms for such trainings and assist with recruitment of participants in the area. Signing on behalf of IHS was principal Mr. Omar Longsworth and on behalf of BELTRAIDE was General Manager, Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon

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.The five different trainings took three weeks and were in held in both Placencia and Independence. Participants were from several different communities in the area.The gardening and landscaping class along with BELTRAIDE and the Ministry of Agriculture also handed over a garden they had prepared to the students of the Independence High School.

BTEC and in extension, BELTRAIDE remains committed to develop, deliver and sustain Belize’s quality workforce.

 

 

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Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

Phone: (+501) 822- 3737 (Beltraide Headquarters)  or at 223-3302 (BTEC)

Website: www.belizeinvest.org.bz

Email: beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz/ btec@belizeinvest.org.bz

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BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy Sign an MOU


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through its EXPORTBelize Unit, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organisation based in the USA, which seeks closer collaboration in encouraging a sustainable seaweed aquaculture industry in Belize.

 

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(L-R) Debbie Alfaro : Projects Officer, BELTRAIDE ; Shahera McKoy : Manager, EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE;  Alejandro Martinez : Country Representative , Nature Conservancy ; Lejia Melanie Gideon : General Manager , Enterprise and Innovation Division, BELTRAIDE, Julianne Robinson: Nature Conservancy

 

Under the MOU, BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy will establish a working committee, which in addition to sharing data and information, will work with fishermen, the Coral Caye Ltd. and the Placencia Co-op Society to develop a comprehensive business plan for a sustainable seaweed aquaculture business.

 

This business plan will include a curriculum that provides information on best-practices that highlight conservation values, facilitates replication, ensures quality assurance and control of seaweed production as well as provide a long-term system to  share lessons across the country and the region.  Best practices will also target maximizing benefits to wild conch and lobster populations and coral reefs. This includes spatial mapping of priority sites to capture resilient reefs and incorporation of nursery habitats within replenishment zones.

 

The MOU also aims to promote the development of a Centre of Excellence to deliver the curriculum through local and international partnerships with fishers, academia, private sector, government and  non-government organisations.

 

Furthermore, both organisations will jointly pursue a loan scheme with credit unions and other local financial institutions to increase access to financing for fisher folks. It will also identify international markets for products developed under this joint initiative.

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The MOU was signed by Ms Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise andInnovation, Beltraide and Mr Alejandro Martinez, Country Representative of The Nature Conservancy.  The signing was witnessed by Ms Shahera McKoy, Manager EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE and Ms Julianne Robinson from The Nature Conservancy.

 

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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