Belizean professionals ready for Belize’s integration into the multilateral and regional trading system

On September 15, the University of Belize (UB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) launched a 9-day International Trade Certificate Course titled “The Integration of Belize into the Multilateral and Regional Trading System” in Belize City.

The course was opened by Sylvia Cattouse, UB’s dean of enterprise development and administration and lecturer in international business.

Kim Hurtault-Osborne, the OAS Representative to Belize, said, “If Belize is going to take advantage of opportunities in trade, then it is important to understand the rules of the game – whether this entails understanding…as we negotiate new trade agreements, or recognizing the benefits of the ones already signed and how best we implement them. The fact is, the better informed we are, the better our decision-making, the easier it is for us to avoid costly mistakes”. He added that the training could help Belizeans tailor policies and business practices as well as improve education strategies.

The course organizers aim to cover such issues as trade in services, multi-lateral and bilateral rules for investment, trade facilitation and standards, market access for goods, small and vulnerable economies.

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