Guatemalan Companies to explore business and investment opportunities in

26 October, 2005 - Belmopan
The Guatemalan Ministry of Economy and the Chamber of Commerce of
Guatemala, today, hosted a workshop entitled "How to do Business with
Belize". This forms part of the objectives of the Enhancing Commercial
Linkages project headed by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
which took place in Guatemala City, on August 25th, 2005.

The fundamental objective of the workshop was to promote the investment
and business opportunities within Belize and Belize as the gateway to
the Caribbean.

Presentations focused on a diversity of themes such as: the commercial
and economic profile of Belize, investment and joint venture
opportunities, customs procedures for importation into Belize, fresh or
frozen commercialization of products, food products or medicines and the
current status of the Partial Scope Trade Agreement.

The workshop engrossed the participation of more than 100 Guatemalan
businessmen that have interest in or are presently conducting business
with Belize.

The workshop panelists were comprised of various representatives from
the following Belizean government institutions: Mr. Derek Nisbet -
BELTRAIDE, Dr. Victor Gongora - BAHA, Mr. Darrel Smith - the Department
of Customs of Belize, and Mrs. Sharon Sanchez Anderson - the Ministry of
Health of Belize. Other panelists included representatives from the
Guatemalan Ministry of Economy and the Language Exchange Project.

The workshop was inaugurated by Guatemala's Vice Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Enrique Lacs, and representatives of the Guatemalan Chamber of
Commerce and the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy.