Directorate General for Foreign Trade
Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce
3rd Floor, Garden City Building
3894 Mountain View Boulevard
Water Reservoir Area, Belmopan, Belize C.A.
2015- ongoing (submission of indicative dates for implementation of the measures is the first quarter of 2017.); Five of these measures (Risk Management, Post Audit Controls, Test Procedures, Single Window and Publication) were identified as possible priority measures for regional implementation which cuts across six other measures requiring increased transparency. However, the entire 18 measures will be afforded support through regionally coordinated activities focusing on harmonized customs and other legislation, the development of technical and standard operating procedures and training.
Belize responded to the IDB questionnaire on October 4th 2016 and in 2018 significant progress must be showed at the VIII Summit of the Americas. (2 years)
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Belize has also been coordinating with the IDB through initiatives emanating from the last Summit of the Americas. After private sector consultations, Belize has identified five priority areas: Advance Rulings, Pre-Arrival Declaration, Risk Management, Authorized Economic Operators, Expedited Shipment and Single Window. There is intersection on two measures that the World Bank is sponsoring at the Regional level.
National Broadband Plan (Belize)
To support Belizean government’s policy goal of bringing fiber connection to the home, a concessional loan was provided to the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), a state-owned telecommunications company and a major player in the Belizean market, to serve as a foundation for government and businesses to better adopt ICT techniques/tools, which will contribute to streamlining and increasing transparency and efficiency in customs clearance (e.g., e-data interchange, e-documents, customs automation, online tracking movement of goods, e-single windows) to facilitate trade.
The project is under implementation (Implementation period: June 28, 2018 to June 27, 2021).
As of the end of May 2019, people in major cities, towns and villages across the country have had access to faster and cheaper internet services provided by the fiber network constructed.
Committed amount is US$ 17.5 million. As of July 15, 2019, all of the committed amount has been disbursed.
17500000 USD Disbursed:
Lender/funding provider: International Cooperation and Development Fund
The disbursements were made in accordance with the loan agreement signed between BTL and the International Cooperation and Development Fund.