Archive for October, 2013

Belize National Trade Information Network officially launched

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Caribbean Export Development Agency has launched the Belize National Trade Information Network. The other countries in the region establishing N-TIN are Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.

The National Trade Information Network is a collaboration between trade and business support institutions of these countries, which have committed to support the development of a regional trade information system implemented by Caribbean Export Development Agency. The network will provide full, accurate and timely information on services trade, trade and economic statistics, market and sector briefs, tariff and non-tariff data, directory of businesses (exporter/buyers), links to important intermediaries e.g. trade promotion organisation and government agencies, and the structure and export performance of national economies within the CARIFORUM region.

Countries-members of N-TIN will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which outlines the issues relating to the provision of trade information services. Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) will coordinate the network in Belize, and sign the MOU with Caribbean Export.

David Gomez, manager for trade and export development at Caribbean Export, said in his comments: “The N-TINs are central to the delivery of enhanced trade information services and will contribute to the establishment of mechanisms at the regional level for similar services delivery… the process involves both data collection and compilation and identification of services that respond to the trade information needs of CARIFORUM exporters and the wider private sector.”

Belize hosts the meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

During this week, Belize is hosting the sixth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), which attracted many computer networking specialists and enthusiasts willing to participate in a number of presentations and technical workshops delivered by Caribbean and international computer experts.

The Belize Public Utilities Commission was the local host for the event, which was also supported by a number of regional and international Internet development organisations, including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and US-based Packet Clearing House (PCH).

According to CaribNOG co-ordinator Bevil Wooding, “CaribNOG provides unique regional forum for local network technicians and technology professionals to share experiences and build practical skills needed to take the region into the future.”

Etienne Sharp, a director at a Belize-based internet service provider Alternative Networks Limited, was impressed by the event and particularly by its relevance to Belize. Sharp said: “The sessions spoke to the core issues we face on a daily basis as network administrators and technology specialists. In addition to the high levels of collaboration, I was also glad to see that most of the experts are drawn from right here in the Caribbean.”

One of the major results of the event was a public announcement by Belize ISPs of their intention to form a local internet exchange point.

The next CaribNOG regional event will take place in April 2014 in Dominica.