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Bowen and Bowen inaugurates state of the art bottling line facility


 

A new multi-million, state of the art soft drink bottling facility was inaugurated on Tuesday, 13th January by Bowen & Bowen Ltd as part of the company’s efforts to increase its competitive edge to secure its fair share of the local market, which in recent years has been flooded by an expanding number of imported brands.

The beverage market in Belize is becoming more competitive with products now being imported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

To maintain its market share, Bowen and Bowen Ltd decided to upgrade its soft drink manufacturing and beer fermentation and bottling capacity at its facilities in Ladyville. This investment is mainly in the form of new bottling equipment in line with the requirements that the international holders (Coca Cola, Fanta and Guinness) are demanding.

 

The project will cost approximately Bz 79 million and will be implemented in three main phases over a period five years  with the soft drink bottling facility being on the top list.

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According to Michael Bowen, President and CEO of Bowen and Bowen, the new facility is valued at  approximately Bz $40 million and can process 22,000 bottles per hour.

Bowen and Bowen is  the producer of Lighthouse Lager, Belikin Beer and Stout, Belikin Premium, Guinness Stout, Coca Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Crystal Water and Crystal Fruit Beverage.

At the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the investment was emblematic of the company’s commitment to producing the finest products for the local market and the creation of jobs for Belizeans. He offered his congratulations to the management of Bowen and Bowen Ltd and reiterated his Government’s unwavering support for the project.

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Hon. Dean Barrow

 

Under the Government of Belize’s Fiscal Incentive Programme, the Bowen and Bowen expansion project was granted a development concession, which is being administered by the  Aftercare Unit of the Belize Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), to assist the company to increase the feasibility for the  full implementation of its expansion plan.

BELTRAIDE’s mission is to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investment confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. In addition to its main functions, BELTRAIDE also operates the Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training Employment Centre (BTEC), which are based in Belize City.

Since its establishment in 2011 over 8,000 local and international businesses have benefited from BELTRAIDE services.

 

 

 

The inaugural ceremony was attended by over 2,000 company employees, government officials, members of the House of Representatives  and Ministers of Government,  including Hon Tracy Taegar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. Minister Taegar is also the Minister responsible for Beltraide.

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(L-R) Hon. Tracy Taegar- Panton, Hon. Beverly Castillo, Hon. Godwin Hulse, Hon. Anthony Martinez, Hon. Michael Finnegan 

 

 

 

Belize and Mexico sign a Memorandum of Understanding


At the “Foro de Cancun 2015”, Belize and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish stronger business relations between both countries.

The Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection signed on behalf of Belize while Mr Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico, signed on behalf of Mexico. The signing was witnessed by Quintana Roo’s Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.DSC07967_b

Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico  and Hon. Erwin Contreras , Minister of Trade

“The signing of the MOU is a very significant milestone in BELTRAIDE’s BelizeINVEST Unit’s young existence! We have now been able to formalize an MOU with PROMEXICO, one of the foremost leaders in the field of global investment promotion,” said Mr. Nick Ruiz, General Manager of BELTRAIDE’s Trade and Investment Development Division. He added: “We have been working on this since late 2012; now we can proudly claim that our international network includes a partnership with PROMEXICO, a relationship which we will leverage to increase capacity here at home.”

As part of the MOU, both BELRAIDE and ProMexico will exchange information  investment policies , opportunities and business data on Belize and Mexico. Both parties have collaborated to improve the investment climate of their respective countries and the effectiveness of their organizations by encouraging the exchange of training opportunities  in the fields of exports and investment promotion facilitation and aftercare as well as through joint efforts in best practices.

For further information, please contact the Marketing and Information Unit of BELTRAIDE  at 223-0323


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Belize Trade Delegation visit to Mexico City


Belize and Mexico have for some time now expressed interest in pursuing a Partial Scope Agreement. Progress with this agenda continues to be made through communication at diplomatic and other levels with both countries reiterating the need for this Agreement. At the VII Meeting of the Belize Mexico Bi-National Commission in Belize, both countries reiterated their commitment to proceed with negotiations for a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA).

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On Monday, 03 March 2014,  The Belize Delegation met with  a high level team of officials from the Secretaria de Economía in Mexico City. The primary objective of the meeting was to discuss and agree on the General Framework and a schedule for negotiating a Partial Scope Agreement between Belize and the United Mexican States.

The discussions highlighted the benefits to be gained by both countries with the successful conclusion of negotiations in areas such as transportation, trade in goods and Investment among others. With respect to Trade in Services, both countries have experienced significant growth in this sector which can only be augmented through the negotiation and implementation of the agreement.

It is envisioned that negotiations will be concluded before the end of 2014.

The meeting ended with both countries reaffirming their commitment to concluding a Partial Scope Agreement.

Importance of Bilingual Speakers in the Workplace


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The importance of having bilingual speakers in the workplace has grown as the number of people who speak languages other than English has increased. Businesses that take advantage of adding bilingual speakers to their payrolls can benefit extensively because of the larger market of clients and customers they can capture.

Population Growth

Over the past 30 years, the number of people who speak a language other than English has grown exponentially. Estimates place the percentage of this group at about 20 percent of the U.S. population. According to ORC Networks, the percentage of people who spoke non-English languages by 2007 had grown 140 percent, while the nation’s overall population grew by 34 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau released a 2010 Census brief that showed the Hispanic population increased by 15.2 million between 2000 and 2010 and accounted for more than half of the total U.S. population increase of 27.3 million. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, or four times the nation’s 9.7 percent growth rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Potential Untapped Client Pool

Having bilingual speakers in the workplace can afford business owners the opportunity to reach a wider customer and client base. Bilingual speakers can serve as interpreters for potential and existing clients. For example, a U.S.-based business may have found it difficult to set up business relationships with customers or clients in foreign countries because of the language barrier. Bilingual speakers can bridge that gap. Furthermore, that bilingual speaker may even have some contacts in their home country who could be potential clients.

Positions Where Bilingual Speakers Are Most Important

While having a bilingual speaker on staff can be helpful to any business, there are certain businesses where it is particularly beneficial, including education and healthcare. To be better able to teach students who speak English as a second language, it is important that teachers and other educators, like counselors, are bilingual speakers. Medical practices should have a bilingual speaker on staff to communicate medical information clearly and accurately to patients, according to Marcia Layton Turner in “The Benefits of Being Bilingual” in Practice Link. Car dealerships can also benefit from having bilingual staff members because car salespeople must be able to effectively communicate the car sale to customers.

Training Existing Employees

In addition to hiring new employees who speak languages other than English, business owners should consider having their existing employees learn other languages. As incentives, an employer can offer to pay for the training or offer pay raises and bonuses to employees who pursue learning other languages.

If costs are a factor in covering the training, employers can encourage their employees to seek training at their own expense. Those other incentives could include time off and recognition awards, like certificates.

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-bilingual-speakers-workplace-14655.html

 

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