“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award” Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 16:17

Ricky GongoraFor two consecutive years, Youth Business Trust Belize received a message stating, "Congratulations! One of your entrepreneurs has been selected for the 2009 Growing Up CEO Program!" Ricardo Gongora, a second year student at St. John’s College Junior College, was this year’s lucky recipient. 

As a winner, Ricardo was invited to a three-day Inner City 100 Summit May 19- 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the Summit, he was exposed to some of the fastest growing companies in America, and had the opportunity to develop relationships with Inner City 100 winners, gain access to world class business education and advice as well as getting to meet national business and civic leaders.  

A specialized track was developed for young inner city business owners like Ricardo where he had the opportunity to attend the CEO Forum at Harvard Business School for a luncheon session with Professor Michael E. Porter and afternoon sessions with other Harvard faculty. He received his "Growing Up CEO Award," at a luncheon with the Inner City 100 and other distinguished guests on Wednesday, May 20. He was also able to present his business at a booth which was viewed by more than 1,000 people who attended the Inner City 100 Awards Dinner.

Youth Business Trust Belize is a program offering young persons, ages 18 to 35, assistance in starting their own businesses. The program offers loan financing, training and the ever important component, mentoring, which guides the young persons’ business on the road to success.

Those who have pledged their commitment to the program, which is being funded by the Inter American Development Bank, have made a serious investment in the future of Belize. The program, which follows the Youth Business International model started by Prince Charles of Wales, boasts of a vast network of about thirty seven countries worldwide. 

YBTB applauds the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) group and Michael Porter for giving young stars around the world the encouragement for reaching their full potential

$600,000 donation from Project C.U.R.E. to KHMH Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 14:49

Kim Simplis-Barrow and Dr. Gary LonsgworthFirst Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow handed over 600 thousand dollars worth of medical equipment to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s management on Tuesday May 26, 2009.


Simplis-Barrow says that the donation came after she approached Project C.U.R.E. with a list of needs from the KHMH. Being a member of the International First Ladies’ Club, last year she attended a luncheon during which she approached Project C.U.R.E. which is the world’s largest donor of medical equipment. The total donation adds up to a handsome two million dollar figure with the first donation of a 40 foot container coming to the KHMH.


CEO at the KHMH Dr. Gary Longsworth explains that the bulk of the donation which includes a laparoscopic equipment and supplies which includes camera/video for all scopes. Also included in the donation are central percutaneous lines, casting supplies, stockinettes, web rolls, plaster, fiberglass, cast shoes, neurosurgery packs and supplies, and surgical power drills just to name a few. Dr. Longsworth says that the donation is a "veritable gold mine" which will be properly inventoried and taken care of. While the KHMH will receive the bulk of the equipment, some of it will be going to the Central, Western and Southern Regional hospitals. There are at least two other shipments which are expected to arrive in the country later this year.


In speaking with the Guardian, Dr. Longsworth explains that the equipment forms part of a wish list prepared by the KHMH and the donation addresses quite a number of the items requested. He expressed his gratitude to the first lady Kim Simplis-Barrow and to Project C.U.R.E. for the donation. He says that there are other organizations like the Rotary Club’s Sunrise and the International Children’s Hospital who have offered to assist the healthcare system in Belize and serious considerations are being made on the offers.

World Metrology Day 2009 Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2009 14:19

To commemorate the contributions of Metrology to trade, the Belize Bureau of Standards held an Open Day on Wednesday, May 20, at the Governor General Field in the capital City of Belmopan as part of the World Metrology Day.

According to the 2009 World Metrology Day Team, Metrology derives from the Metre Convention. The Metre Convention (Convention du Mètre) is a treaty that provides the basis for the international agreement on units of measurement. On May 20, 1875 representatives of seventeen (17) states signed the convention in Paris. Today, fifty-two (52) States adhere to the treaty and many others enjoy its benefits.

World Metrology Day (WMD) commemorates the signing of the treaty and it is a day when all the countries in the world that enjoy the benefits of a single, coherent system of measurements - traceable to the International System of Units (SI) - celebrate the scientific, technological, and economic achievements that this treaty has enabled for more than a century.

The WMD project is an effort to promote the benefits of metrology to society.

US$3 million IFAD loan to Rural Finance Programme in Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2009 14:13

Rome, 19 May 2009 – Efforts by poor rural people in Belize to lift themselves out of poverty are being bolstered by a US million loan from IFAD to Belize, for a Rural Finance Programme, which will help poor people realize their economic potential.

The loan agreement was signed today in Rome by Audrey Joy Grant, Ambassador of Belize in Brussels and Jessie Mabutas, IFAD Assistant President.

Lack of access to credit and other financial services (savings, insurance, remittances) has hampered economic growth in Belize and there is untapped economic potential among the rural population.

The Rural Finance Programme will build on the experience of the credit union movement and on IFAD’s previous operation in southern Belize, scaling up nationwide. It is a stand-alone rural finance operation, as opposed to one component of an integrated development project.

Participating credit unions will receive a tailored capacity-building package to help them expand and diversify their financial services and to adapt them to the needs of the target population. In addition, eligible credit unions will be able to access credit in order to leverage their lending capacity and reach those poor rural people who have not received their services.

The expansion of rural financial services for smallholder farmers and other rural groups is a critical means to catalyse rural development in Belize, complementing government and other international agencies initiatives.

The programme will target 11,500 poor rural households nationwide, including many women and young people who are small scale farmers, subsistence fishers, craft workers, and members of indigenous communities. More than 15,000 poor and extremely poor rural people are expected to benefit directly.

To date, IFAD has funded two projects in Belize for a total of about US$4 million.

(Press Release)

U.S. Military Delivers Protective Kits for H1N1 First Responders in Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2009 14:12

May 14, 2009

On May 9, the U.S. Southern Command delivered 5,100 personal protective equipment kits to the Ministry of Health in response to the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus in Mexico. 

With the threat of the Influenza A-H1N1 virus raising concerns in the region, the United States worked in consultation with local government officials to identify countries in need of pandemic influenza preparedness supplies.  U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Miami, directed the Air Force mission as a critical component of the U.S. Government's international pandemic influenza preparedness efforts.

These kits will be delivered to first responders in Belize for inspection of individuals who display flu-like symptoms.  Each personal protection kit includes disposable respirators capable of screening 95 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns; safety goggles; disposable overalls, gloves, shoe covers, and aprons; as well as infectious waste bags with biohazard symbols.

The U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster delivered 30,000 kits to six Central American and Caribbean countries including Belize. 


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