Belize National Trade Information Network officially launched

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.”

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