Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce USA Trade Conference in Belize
Tom reported that Leondria Thompson, Chairman of the TCBBC whom had visited our island and attended our Chamber meeting previously, has invited our Chamber and its members to attend and participate in their Trade Symposium on July 23, 2008 in Belize City. See letter and press release below:
I want to take this opportunity to "Thank You" for keeping Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce USA, informed of your wonderful progress and issues that you have undertaken.
In 2006, TCBCC held its first Annual International Business Opportunity Conference in Houston, Texas, theme: "Houston-Belize Connection - A More Perfect Union." We hosted thirty (30) business delegates from Belize, fostering an opportunity to further strengthen trade ties between Houston's business community and Belize's business community.
This year our IBOC Conference will be held in Belize City, we are anticipating 50 delegates from Texas and other states in the US. Our theme: "Houston-Belize Connection - Partnering for Economic Empowerment." For your perusal and participation, please find attached press release.
I am extending an invitation for the Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce to be our guest and participate in the Trade Symposium on July 23, 2008. We are also inviting other Chambers of Commerce in Belize.
Would you be so kind to provide me with information to contact the new President of the American Chamber of Commerce? I spoke briefly with the past president while in Belize last month and was unable to get complete information.
We look forward to your participation and communication. I believe we can work together to achieve our share goals for quality of life and economic prosperity.
Chairman Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce
President Texas Black Business Enterprise Council, Inc.
Board Secretary - Mayor's International Affairs & Development Council - Americas
MIADC/Americas Houston, TX USA
Direct Tel. 832-875-3977 Fax Tel. 713-839-7329
Contact: Leondria Thompson 832-875-3977
Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce
International Initiatives Council
“2nd Annual International Business Opportunity Conference”
Belize, Central America
HOUSTON TX March 25, 2008: Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce (TCBCC) International Initiatives Council will host its 2nd Annual International Business Opportunity Conference in Belize City, Belize Central America, July 22-27, 2008.
As part of a perpetual effort to build international trade and commerce relationships with other countries, TCBCC’s International Initiatives Council will introduce and promote the participation of U.S. Businesses and Investors to Belize’s growing economy.
As a micro-economy, Belize has a very limited local manufacturing industry. Because of this, Belize is a net importer of most of its consumable and durable goods. The United States alone contributed about half ($208.9 million) of all of Belize’s imports ($434.1 million) in 2001. The proximity of Belize to the United States, cultural influences, and strong transportation links give U.S. suppliers of merchandize and services a distinct advantage over European and Asian exporters.
The conference will focus on the development of the Houston-Belize Connection’s Partner in Trade Agreement. For 6 days and 5 nights, business owners from the United States and Central America will collaborate for future profitable business endeavors.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Businesses engaged in technology, energy, telecommunication, Agri-business, Aqua-business, manufacturing, food processing, auto industry, tourist related products, and business services are encouraged to participate.
Participants will engage in one-on-one business match meetings, trade symposium, and exhibits showcasing Belizean and American products and services. Obtaining U.S. financing for international trade investments/partnerships will also be covered at the conference. Site visits to Belize’s commercial districts and various industries are scheduled and VIP Reception for TCBCC Members and Belize’s Government Officials and Dignitaries.
The local demand for food processing and packaging equipment is increasing due to local and foreign investment in agribusiness ventures. The Government of Belize considers the agro-processing and tourism sectors as some of its top priorities for economic development. Housing and reconstruction development is also increasing. Television and cable companies broadcasting U.S. programs complete with commercials have increased the demand for new U.S. products and services.
The International Business Opportunity Conference registration includes participation in the State of Texas’s International Summit to be held in Houston, Texas, May 22, 2008, prior to departing for Belize.
The Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City, Belize, is the official site for the 2nd Annual International Business Opportunity Conference. Participation is limited to available space. Register early for the conference and the opportunity to expand and grow your business in international markets. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-875-3977 for more information.