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Prime Minister’s Business Forum 2019 held in Belize City

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019. 5:01 pm CST.

BBN Staff: Around 300 members from the public and private sectors gathered at the Belize Civic Center today for the annual Prime Minister’s Business Forum, which is hosted by the Economic Development Council (EDC).

The event, which gathered organizations such as the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Belize Coalition of Service Providers and the Belize Tourism Industry Association was held under the theme “Embracing Innovation For Economic Prosperity.”

The event was aimed at facilitating dialogue between the business sector and the Prime Minister as well as other relevant government officials so that the private sector can ventilate any issues affecting the ability to conduct business.

The Prime Minister’s Business Forum is a signature event organized by the Economic Development Council (EDC) for providing the private-sector an audience with the Prime Minister.

The objective of the Forum is to foster meaningful public-private dialogue by tabling and directly addressing business climate concerns and recommendations for improved quality of service delivery by the government to the business community.

The forum also granted the EDC the opportunity to showcase efforts being taken in improving the business climate through innovation in service delivery, process improvements, regulation, and policy implementation. This year’s Forum also featured two guest speakers – Linnar Viik, an eGovernment expert from Estonia, a country that is a global leader in technological transformation, and Glynis Alexander-Tam, a digital finance leader from Trinidad and Tobago.

Ishmael Quiroz, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council noted that the first business forum was held in 2011 when


Prime Minister Dean Barrow first established the EDC as a means of strengthening private sector relations.

The Prime Minister said that the forum is meant to be substantive and symbolic with respect to the partnership between the public and private sector.

“We want to make clear that the government and private sector, even if we have to trade shots from time to time,” Barrow said.


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