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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019. 4:02 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today the Economic Development Council (EDC); Compete Caribbean (CC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held a workshop entitled “Towards Exponential growth in Belize: A workshop on unleashing innovation within the private sector.”

The workshop, held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, gathered organizations that public and private institutions either have a current role

or potential future role in supporting entrepreneurs. The workshop featured a presentation and discussions with an international expert on technological transformation and innovation Alejandro Delgado, who heads Ruta N, an innovation agency in Colombia.

His role was to share experiences from the city of Medellin, Colombia, on how that city transformed itself into a hub for innovation in the country.

Ishmael Quiroz, executive director EDC, said that Medellin’s experience is important for Belize because there are several strategies that were used to transform the city that can be adapted to fit the Belizean reality.

Quiroz also noted that it is a followup from the Prime Minister’s business forum, which was held earlier this year and also emphasized the theme of innovation.

“Whereas at the forum the objective was to expose and inspire towards what is possible through technology and innovation, this workshop today takes it to the next level…it dives deep down into tangible action that we need to take as government, as businesses, and everybody in between to make things happen,” Quiroz said.


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