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Jun 3, 2014

Stakeholders dialogue on how to improve the standard of products

In attendance today were various stakeholders from the private and public sectors including BELTRAIDE, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners who have over the years developed products and services that have been sold locally and internationally. The C.E.O.s in the Ministries of Trade and Investment and Agriculture spoke of the projects and the initiatives currently implemented to assist small business and entrepreneurs in taking their products and services to global standards.

 

Jose Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Agriculture

Jose Alpuche

“Quality, consistency of supply and competitive pricing is the mantra that we have been promoting as we continuously reform to meet the ever-increasing competition on both the domestic and the export markets. In addition, we have been pushing cluster-formation in our fashion and form as the best way to leapfrog development. This is especially considering our limited and other resources. I will readily admit that we have had at best mixed results as some people simply just don’t understand the concept or the need for cooperation with the competition. We must then do a better job at explaining that while we promote healthy competition, the reality is that the domestic and the traditional export markets are now opened to competition and most of the competitors are a hundred times bigger and better resourced that us.”

 

Michael Singh

Michael Singh, C.E.O., Ministry of Trade & Investment (Singh tape)

“I think there are a lot of people interested. I think many times people don’t know where to go so we appreciate this opportunity to be able to tell them where to go. I think you all have heard us mention the small business development center a million times. We are probably supporting close to five hundred small companies there, which surprises a lot of people when they hear that number. But as C.E.O. Alpuche said in his remarks, you are starting to see more and more Belizean products on the shelves. Now that is proof that what we are doing might be working. Now first you start with your domestic market, you prove your product and at that point, then we start to help you so that you can expand that and develop it so that we can get it to other markets. But yeah, I do think that we are seeing the success—not only in product development, but also service development.”

 

The workshop is financed under the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Fund. 

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