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Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry Taking care of Business!
Presentation Structure • About Belize • About the BCCI • Our purpose and programs • Recent Initiatives • Financial Performance - 2009
About Belize • Total Population, approx 300K • Several ethnicities, Garifuna, Meztizo, Mayan, Creole, • 8867 Square Miles (22.9K sq. Kilometres) • Six districts • English/Spanish – English is official language • Sovereign state since 1981
Economic Activity GDP – 1B (USD) Main Exports Sugar, Citrus, Bananas, Agro processing (shrimp, fish,) Tourism and related services (Services =60% of GDP, Tourism = 20% Petroleum and Mining
About the BCCI • Been around since 1920 (90th AGM) • Governed under the BCCI Act, (Chp 308) • Only recognized Employer Organization in Belize • Association of Associations • Governed by an EC, elected every 2 years
Our Raison d’etre As the voice of the business community, we are the country’s leading advocate for private enterprise; promoting economic vitality and quality of life in Belize!
Modalities • To Capacitate • Workshops and Seminars • Hosting and production of Trade Statistics • General advisory center • Publications • To Connect • Business Matching • Export promotion • Investment Promotion • Missions and Trade Fairs • Network Belize
Modalities cont’d • Advocate and support incentives which encourage more firms to export; • Advocate for transparency and accountability in the enforcement of rules and regulations governing private enterprise • Advocate and lobby for responsible fiscal policy; • Develop strategic partnerships to ensure an integrated approach to the development of private enterprise • To Champion • Advocate for good governance and address issues associated with corruption • Advocate for fairness and transparency in the conduct of business generally; • Support incubation programs which nurture promising emerging export sectors
Recent Interventions & Upgrades • National Consultation Council • Severance/Labour revisions • Import Licenses • Belize City Garbage • Crisis in the Health Sector; • Tobacco Labelling • New website • MSME Portal • Business Perspectives as a communication brand • Expanded Capacity • Conferencing Facilities
MSME Portal • Financed by Pro-invest under CEDA enveloped; • Completed April 2010 • Trade and Investment Portal; • Virtual Meeting Place; • Webmall Belize; • www.belize.org
Contact us! Our mailing address is: 63 Regent Street,P.O. Box 29,Belize City, Belize,Central America If you prefer speaking to someone, please call: Tel: +501-227-3148 and ask for KimFax: +501-227-4984 or apply online at http://www.belize.org E-mail us at: email@example.com