Belize Shrimp Growers'
Conquer Premium Market 
United Kingdom Buying Belize Shrimp!
A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals.
Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer and the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury's  with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.

Under the Sainsbury agreement, the shrimp is repackaged under Sainsbury's premium brand and sold exclusively as the chain has agreed not to source shrimp from any other supplier under its brand. This has resulted in a higher than projected price premium for exports to these markets. Read Their Journey
Quicker Resolution to  
Disputes in St. Lucia
The Commercial Division of the High Court in St. Lucia was officially launched on January 19, 2016. During the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony highlighted that the new division is expected to ease the burden on the volume of civil cases in the high court, bringing a quicker resolution of commercial disputes thus improving the efficiency of the judicial system.
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Moving Towards Better and Faster
Internet in the Caribbean
In the Caribbean, broadband services are beleaguered by high costs and low quality connections, plus approximately only one in every eight persons has access to such services. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) studies reveal that a ten per cent increase in broadband penetration can increase economic growth by up to 3.19% and productivity by up to 2.61%. 
Jennifer Alexis
Grenada Increases Occupancy 
Rate Significantly
"I stood up and told everyone the Compete Caribbean Hotel Sector Economic Recovery Project was completed. I reminded everyone that in 2013 we had 47% of hotels saying they would close in three years or less..."
Helping Caribbean People 
Improve Their Health
A small firm in Belize is aggressively striving to revolutionise the beverage industry in the region. Caribbean Premier Products Ltd. is currently testing a cost effective, healthy fruit drink alternative which is all-natural, low caloric and high in plant nutrients and fibersRead More
John Sansone, Farm Manager
Bel-Euro Aquaculture Ltd.
Newest Addition Applauds Clustering...
Listen as  Farm Manager, John Sansone tells the story of his farm, Bel-Euro Aquaculture Ltd. joining the Belize Shrimp Growers' Association (BSGA) cluster late in the game, the benefits derived and the value of the highly coveted Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) international certification.

ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC's primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture.
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Belize Consultancy

Barbados Consultancy
Deadline: 21/02/2016
Photo Competition
The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) is interested in having the best photos of a Private Sector Development initiative or other economic activity in developing economies  featured on its web site.
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Tech Start Up Boot Camp
In this intense 3-day boot camp participants will get basic business and product development tools and techniques to start building a software based company. 

Kingstoon Animation Festival
Learn, Earn & Display!
The Caribbean's largest conference on animation returns to Kingston, Jamaica's shores on March 12 and 13, 2016.