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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.

BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy hold Seaweed Cultivation Training in Little Water Caye


The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with  EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) held a Seaweed Cultivation Training from March 3rd – March 5th in Little Water Caye; which provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fishermen in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.

 

This three day training was facilitated by Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited, whose members have previously received intensive training and certification in seaweed cultivation. Ten participants from four fishing cooperatives along with a representative from EXPORTBelize and TNC were trained and received certificates.  The participants included representatives from Toledo Fishermen Association, Sarteneja Fishermen Association, Wabaffu Fishermen Association and Turneffe Seaweed Farmers. The training included seaweed cultivation techniques, farm building and designing, harvesting techniques and the drying process.

 

For more information on The Nature Conservancy visit  The Nature Conservancy Belize page.

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Belizean students to be taught about their rights and benefits as CARICOM nationals


MINISTRY OF TRADE, INVESTMENT PROMOTION, PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

Directorate for Foreign Trade

3rd Floor, Garden City Building, 3894 Mountain View Boulevard,

Water Reservoir Area, Belmopan, Belize C.A.

Tel: (501) 822-3263/2832/2833   Fax: (501) 822-2837

E-mail: foreigntrade@btl.net

Nearly 60 Belizean teachers are now equipped to teach students about their rights and benefits under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy following two two-day intensive Teacher Training Workshops in Stann Creek and Belmopan from January 27 through to January 30.

The Workshops are among a series of public education sessions targeting important stakeholder groups who are being prepared to effectively pass on information on the CARICOM Single Market and its provisions that enable Belizeans to work, travel and do business in 12 other CARICOM Member States

The workshops were coordinated by the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection in partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat and made possible with funding by the Government of Canada under the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP) Component 300.

Teachers from a variety of subject areas attended a two day session at the Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga, Stann Creek on January 27 and 28. The Teacher Workshop sessions then moved to Belmopan on January 29 and 30 where another 28 teachers from the capital and surrounding districts were engaged in the sessions. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The Workshops entailed    presentations  on the CARICOM Single Market delivered by Specialist Communications, CARICOM Secretariat, Salas Hamilton and the Senior Technical Officer, CTCP, Ms. Wanya Illes; updates on Belize’s implementation of requirements under the CSME given by Senior Trade Economist in the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Richard Reid;   a special session  on sustaining the teaching of regional integration in CARICOM classrooms by  Deputy Programme Manager, Education, CARICOM Secretariat  Ms. Patricia McPherson.  The Belize CSME focal point also encouraged teachers to integrate CSME content into existing activities leading up to CARICOM week (28th June to July 4th) and CARICOM day.

The Workshops were facilitated by Dr Gordon Harewood, a Curriculum Development Specialist who, using an engaging and participatory approach, led teachers through a process of infusing CSME concepts into lesson plans. This is expected to afford students an opportunity to understand the provisions carved out for them under the Treaty of Chaguaramas, and how to access opportunities throughout the Caribbean and their roles and responsibilities in the Caribbean Community.

The sessions were designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and competencies to facilitate interesting, student-centred activities, and to engage teachers in exploring project-based learning. It is hoped that the workshops will lead to more effective learning and teaching of content and concepts relevant to regional integration and CSME, and help facilitate the development of 21st century skills while developing positive attitudes towards regional integration and CSME.

Other Teacher Training Workshops on the CSME are planned for April in Orange Walk and Belize City, while a Media Training Workshop and CSME Spokespersons Workshop are scheduled for the last week in February in Belize City.

All Workshops are key activities under the the CSME Information Flows Project which is mandated to  set the framework for heightened public education and awareness on the CSME led by the focal point Ministries in six CARICOM Member States. This includes capacity building initiatives, the AccessCSME series, sustainable public education strategies and information channels, and Workshop training of the Media, Teachers and Spokesperson to spread the word among their significant stakeholders and publics.  The project is being implemented in Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Guyana.

 

Contact: Tricia Gideon, CSME Focal Point, Ministry of Trade, Investment, Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection

Tel: 501 822 2832

 

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ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN BELIZE


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BELTRAIDE has collaborated with the Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises (CENPROYMPE) and the Embassy of Taiwan (China) in executing a project in Belize namely, “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship for Central America and Dominican Republic”. The purpose of the project is to promote and strengthen entrepreneurship in Belize by generating, accelerating and strengthening emerging businesses in the segment of micro, small and medium enterprises. In 2013, seventeen entrepreneurs benefited from the program and have accessed seed capital for the growth of their businesses in terms of purchasing raw material, machinery and promotional material. The program is geared towards empowering entrepreneurs and boosting their operation for development and success.  

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Workshops have started yesterday April 14, 2014,  with a platform to assist with capacity building and the molding of their business plan. This is done in an effort to access seed capital to fund their business.

For more information, please feel free to contact us:

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)

14 Orchid Garden St., City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize

Email: beltraide@belizeinvest.org.bz

publicrelations@belizeinvest.org.bz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beltraide

 

Making Small Business Happen


The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is working along with the Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), a unit of BELTRAIDE, to create economic opportunities, promote social progress, and strengthen communities and civil society.

The program has three main objectives:
• Develop employability and entrepreneurial skills among youths by completing a 12-week training program on small business development as well as through work readiness and life skills methodologies
• Create opportunities for self-employment through modest seed funding in the form of matching grants for entrepreneurship initiatives
• Increase youth employability through hiring events and other services to match trained youth with employers in sector such as business outsourcing processes and tourism and hospitality


Here is Your Chance to Grown Your Business

The Importance of Capacity Building and How to Get Started


Capacity building is the term used frequently by foundations and nonprofit leadership to ascertain the ability of an organization to effectively achieve it s mission. This article describes capacity building, and why it is important in addition to offering a starting point for engaging in capacity building.

Definition of Capacity Building

Capacity building is defined as the ability of an organization to achieve their mission in an effective manner. It can also be described as the strategies or actions that an organization takes to ensure that it has the resources needed to succeed. These actions can include: resource development, financial management (diversification of funding sources), organizational learning, leadership development and other activities. In other words, capacity building is any set of actions that an organization takes to improve its ability to perform successful in its chosen area.

The term or concept also relates to the commitment of foundations and other entities to help nonprofit organizations to become high performing entities by supplying information, instruction and guidance.

Importance of Capacity Building to Future Success

Nonprofit organizations occupy an invaluable niche in a community. These entities provide needed social services, education, health care and the arts that improve the well being of the community and on which many people depend. The environment in which nonprofits operate has become increasingly complex and challenging as demand for their services increases while their conventional funding streams become more limited, and new technologies emerge that offer new venues for fundraising or interacting with potential and existing supporters.

Capacity building is important because it encourages the leadership of a nonprofit to evaluate their abilities to perform in a complex environment. For example, is the organization missing potential fundraising opportunities by not having a website with the capacity to solicit and receive donations? Should the organization develop its staff so that they can provide a new service that is complementary to their existing array of services?

In addition, capacity building is important because the evaluation process coupled with the implementation component help ensure organizational success and sustainability.

How to Get Started

Deciding change is needed is the first step. Once the need for change has been agreed upon, board members and management should undertake the following (most commonly done as part of their strategic planning process):

1. Evaluate the environment (external) and organization (internal)

6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014


When it comes to management, I’ve always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy.  Sure, there’s nothing at all wrong with, say, presentation skills that spellbind an audience of thousands, but when it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you execute fundamentals day in and day out.  In that spirit, here are 6 fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014.

1. Be open to new ways of looking at things – The best managers are flexible, adaptable, and closely attuned to their environment.  They’re always looking for opportunities.  Be a good listener.  Many of the best process improvement ideas routinely come from employees in the trenches, as they’re the ones closest to the actual work.  Rigidity is the enemy of progress.  Don’t be afraid to shift the paradigm and move away from, “This is the way we’ve always done it here.”

2. Expect excellence – Set high but not unattainable standards and expect your employees to meet them.   The best managers are ultimately not those who are “toughest” or “nicest,” but those who get the best results from people in their charge.  Once your employees recognize you have unfailingly high standards, that’s key data they won’t forget.  If your employees know you demand excellence from yourself, they’re more likely to find it in themselves. Continue reading “6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014”

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