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Taking care of Business!
Belize Chamber of Commerce &
Industry
Presentation Structure
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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
The Secretariat
Chief Executive Officer
(G1)
Senior Administrator
(G1 (S))
Administrative
Assistant
Office Assistant
Director of
Administration (G3)
Chief Policy Analyst
(G3)
Director of Member
Relations (G3)
Western Union
Manager (G4)
Accountant (G4)
Marketing & Public
Relations Manager
(G4)
Membership Programs
Administrator
Acounting Clerk
Compliance Officer
WU Clerks (2)
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 Connect
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Business Matching
Export promotion
Investment Promotion
Missions and Trade Fairs
Network Belize
• To Capacitate
– Workshops and Seminars
– Hosting and production
of Trade Statistics
– General advisory center
– Publications
Modalities cont’d
• 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
– 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
Recent Interventions & Upgrades
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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 Proinvest under CEDA
enveloped;
• Completed April
2010
• Trade and
Investment Portal;
• Virtual Meeting
Place;
• Webmall Belize;
• www.belize.org
Financial Position
2500000
2000000
1500000
Revenues
Expenses
1000000
Net Inc.
500000
0
2005
-500000
2006
2007
2008
2009
Revenue
REVENUES BY SOURCE
2009
Dues
87%
W. Union
1%
Handicraft
2%
EXPO & BS
7% 2%
1%
Conf Centre
Other
Balance Sheet
2005
2006
Tot Liab
2007
Tot
Assets
2008
2009
0
1,000,000
2,000,000
3,000,000
4,000,000
5,000,000
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 Kim
Fax: +501-227-4984
or apply online at http://www.belize.org
E-mail us at: [email protected]