A trade and investment mission is currently in Belize with the purpose of meeting with Cacao farmers. The visit is organized by BELTRAIDE with support from the Embassy of Belize in Brussels. Manager of Export Belize at BELTRAIDE, Shahira McCoy says the delegation including representatives of Belgium and the Netherlands are interested in trading with producers or investing in the cacao industry. They are part of EURACEN, the chamber of commerce between Europe and Central America which provides economic platforms between both regions. This afternoon BELTRAIDE organized a plenary session for the delegates with government officials including the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche; Director of the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit, Lincoln Blake; Director of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Andy Sutherland and Plant Health Officer of the Belize Agriculture Health Authority, Kenrick Witty.
Brian Lin, Senior Manager of Investment Development at BELTRAIDE says that the government has been providing significant support in priority sectors, the cacao industry being one of them.
In the following two days the visiting delegation will be meeting with various Cacao Stakeholders in Southern Belize to foster networking for further development in the industry.