Archive for July, 2007

Prime Minister is visiting Dominican Republic

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Prime Minister of Bellize, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, is currently visiting the Dominican Republic. This 3-day official visit was planned at the invitation of Dominican President Leonel Fernandez Reyna.

It was reveled yesterday that during the visit to the Dominican Republic Musa will be given the keys to the City of Santo Domingo by the Mayor of that municipality Senor Carlos Morales.

Also, it is planned that Prime Minister Musa will hold discussions with the President of the Republic, His Excellency Leonel Fernandez and the Secretary of State for External Affairs, Carlos Morales Troncoso.

Prime Minister Musa and President Fernandez are xepected to finalize negotiations during the official visit as well as to sign 2 bilateral Agreements: a Technical and Economic Cooperation Agreement, and an Agreement to Establish a Bi-national Commission between the Belize and the Dominican Republic.

It should be noted that in the absence of Musa, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Vildo Marin, is acting as Prime Minister.

BELTRAIDE to launch Belize’s Investor Manual 2007

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The main government agency, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has announced the launch of Belize’s Investor Manual.

Belize’s Investor Manual will be launched by the Minister of Finance, National Development and Public Service, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Said Musa and BELTRAIDE on July 26, 2007 at the House of Culture in Belize City.

The Manual will be an investor-friendly tool aimed at attracting, informing and assisting local and international investors to establish a business in Belize.

The Belize’s Investor Manual consists of 2 parts:
– Part 1. Belize: The Natural Niche, Profile of Belize, Procedures for Establishing a Business, Priority Sectors for Investment, Investment Requirements;
– Part 2. Support Agencies, Statistics, Forms.

Belize City may become International Conferencing Centre

Friday, July 20th, 2007

To promote the idea of Belize City as a potential international conferencing centre, over the last few weeks the Belize City Council has been contacting foreign investors.

On July 3, 2007, Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya explained the actions of the Council in this area. She said that the Council held meetings with different investors to “push the issue that Belize City can be in fact an international conferencing hub”. She noted that it is not enough for Belize City to depend just on cruise tourism.

She also welcomed people to come at the meeting to themselves hear what is happening with the council, how it works and what has been done.

According to Zenaida Moya, in order to improve the performance and efficiency levels of the public sector, the office of Governance is holding a set of human capital training initiatives meant for senior managers in the public service.

Statistical Institute of Belize launched

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

On July 3, 2007, the Government of Belize announced the launch of the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), which was necessary as far as providing accurate, efficient and trustworthy data on Belize has been an objective of the government.

The Statistical Institute of Belize was officially launched on July 3, 2007 as autonomous body committed to fostering good governance while collecting, compiling, analysing and disseminating official statistics.

The process of the establishment of an independent statistical institute to replace the Central Statistical Office (CSO) started in 2004 with the help of UNICEF and DFID. In 2007, the composition of SIB was approved, and its role, objectives and legislation are ready for business.

According to Hugh O’Brien, Chief Executive Office in the Ministry of National Development, the transition from CSO to SIB was made by the Government of Belize in order to get a new organizational model of official statistics research and dissemination.

Both local and international partners welcomed the statistical office’s change from a public service to an independent statutory body. These included the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, United Nations Development Fund and UK’s DFID.

While operating as an autonomous body, the SIB will continue to be dependent on Government aid and resources.