Archive for May, 2012

New appointments in the Belize Tourism Board

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has announced that two Belizean candidates were chosen for the position of director of tourism and director of marketing and industry relations. After a national search to find the best candidates, Laura Esquivel Frampton was selected as acting director of tourism, and Alyssa Carnegie became the new director of marketing.

Frampton has worked in the Belize tourism and services industry for twelve years, four of them she spent at the Belize Tourism Board as the director of quality assurance. During these years, Frampton instituted many initiatives to assist in facilitating the development of programs for industry quality of service and standards – for example, she led the launch of an intensive customer service course that targeted government and private agencies across Belize. Also, she initiated the Pro Chef Program that trained Belizean chefs, successfully lobbied for the Horse and Buggy Regulations, which was passed in 2009, as well as the Fort George Tourism Zone Statutory Instrument, which was signed in 2010.

Alyssa Carnegie, the new director of marketing and industry relations of the Belize Tourism Board, has significant experience in managing local and global relationships, particularly when interacting with the media. She has worked on the board of Haven House in Belize and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). As marketing director, she will be responsible for implementing marketing strategies which will focus on online and trade relations.

Belize hosted launch of economic development project

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Last week, Belize hosted a one-day seminar of the Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED), which is a six-year US$23.2 million project in which local governments will utilize assets and human capital to stimulate economic growth in the countries. Belize will become one of several Caribbean countries to benefit from this program, aimed to support small and medium size enterprises. Belize welcomed the project because it will allow the Ministry of Local Government and individual municipal governments to promote entrepreneurship in the period when the jurisdiction, as well as the entire region, has suffered from the global economic crisis and is slowly recovering from its consequences.

CARILED is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM), the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLFG).

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, visited the jurisdiction of Belize to take part in the official launch of the program. CARILED’s headquarters will be located in Trinidad and Tobago. Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Gaspar Vega, in his speech at the launching ceremony of the seminar, noted that Belize is extremely proud to host the launching of a project from which the people of the Caribbean region will benefit.

Mexico delegation visits Belize

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The Mexican trade mission is to make visit to Belize jurisdiction on May 15-18, in collaboration with the Trade and Investment Mexican Agency, ProMexico. The purpose of the visit is trade promotion and identification of potenital buyers and suppliers of various products and/or services.

Among the Mexican business people and companies that are included in the delegation are: Adrian Manuel Xeque Solis; Botanas y Frituras del Sureste La Lupita; Fábrica de Postes; Galletera Richaud Hermanos, Inco Peninsular; Industrias Metalo Yucateca; Mitchel Salchichonería Alemana; Productos Richaud, Sayer Lack Mexicana; Septi-K; and Victor Manuel Pat Rodriguez. The products include: hurricane shutters, reinforced concrete poles, wood and metal furniture, pipes, biodigestor tanks, coating, jewellery, plastic bottles, and snacks and caramels.

On May 16, the delegation will be at the Mexican Embassy in Belmopan, and on May 17 it will be at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City, to meet with Belizean counterparts, government officials and representatives of various organizations.

Belize and Guatemala Ministers met to talk on simultaneous referenda

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

At the end of April, the delegations from Belize and Guatemala, headed by Foreign Ministers of these countries, Wilfred Elrington and Harold Caballeros, met with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the date on which the simultaneous referenda will take place in Belize and Guatemala, which will concern the single issue in compliance with the special agreement between the two countries to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice.

The Foreign Ministers of the countries agreed that the simultaneous referenda will take place on October 6, 2013. Also, they stated that they would now take the necessary steps to begin informing the populations of their countries as to the territorial dispute and the need to find a solution.

In June, the ministers will convene a high-level meeting to examine compliance with the confidence-building measures, and to identify measures of strengthening cooperation between the inhabitants of the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone.