BelizeINVEST is a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) which is a statutory body of the Government of Belize under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. The team at BelizeINVEST is committed to providing tailored services and linkages to support local and foreign investors seeking to capitalize on the various investment opportunities in Belize. The following are a few testimonials and success stories attesting to the superb facilitation provided by the BelizeINVEST team to established companies in Belize.
Global COM Ltd
Global COM Ltd. is a recently established contact call center development in Belize’s ever growing business process outsourcing (BPO) industry since March of 2014. The company offers services in customer care, telemarketing, technical support and data entry servicing inbound and outbound clients in the automotive and real estate industries. Global COM also boasts experience with North America including the U.S. and Canada as well as the U.K. market already serving several clients globally. Through BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE’s efforts, the company today employs over 25 local agents having invested USD $275,000 to date with additional projected investments to come.
“As an entrepreneur in Canada with my company established for over ten years, I was looking to outsource services to enable cost reductions and was considering the Philippines and India. Someone then told me to look at Belize which I had not even heard about in the outsourcing services industry. When I started researching and saw that I could be living and working in paradise, I did further research and quickly booked a one week trip. There, I saw that everyone was English speaking and super nice.
My first day I went straight to BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE and walked in not knowing anyone in Belize at the time. Brian was the first person I met with and spoke to him about my situation after which he said that I would not need to look any further as Belize would be the answer. The team showcased the various benefits of working in Belize and setting up an outsourcing center there. The cost of employment was cheap in comparison to Canada and the United States while being competitive with the Philippines and Bangladesh. Couple that with the English speaking employees and the tax benefits, I was sold!
The team got me started on applying for the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) program that really helped us out in a big way enabling us to build and invest a lot more into the company to be able to expand globally. I haven’t had to worry about company taxes and about paying customs when bringing in office furniture and so forth. Very amazing benefits offered under the EPZ and that’s the number one reason that I got sold on coming to Belize to where I am today with Global COM Ltd.
The best thing about doing business in Belize is that word of mouth gets around really fast in terms of finding employees. It’s very easy to find employees. When I first opened the company, I literally had fifty people outside my door waiting for an interview. The people are super nice and they are willing to work really hard and go the extra mile in showing that they are willing to work. They are educated and know what they are doing, some just haven’t had the opportunity to be able to get that employment experience edge and that is what Global COM Ltd. aims to do.
I must commend BelizeINVEST on being very straightforward with me from the very beginning. They have done everything well in terms of treating me professionally and being there for me anytime I needed some information or advice. They even go that extra mile to call me and say ‘Hey, how is everything going?"
Owner / CEO
The team at BelizeINVEST is very much committed to continue fostering the development of Global COM Ltd. and other similar developments in Belize.
Coral Caye Ltd.
Coral Caye Ltd. is an aquaculture and tourism development in Southern Belize near the Placencia peninsula that has been working with the team at BelizeINVEST since May of 2014.
“My wife and I came to Belize with our nine and a half year old daughter and eight year old son. We have never been to what we thought was such an exotic location and didn’t know what the country would be like. In fact, we had visions of trudging through the rain forest like Indiana Jones complete with wild beasts, snakes, and other unexpected jungle surprises. What we encountered was far different that our expectations. We found the people to be warm and friendly, the beaches to be more beautiful than described and snorkeling in the abundant ocean environment to be nothing we could ever imagine. In short, we fell in love with Belize.
Our family has a particular interest in putting together projects that would be beneficial for health with an emphasis in helping children grow up healthy and happy. Mary and I wanted to start an aquaculture project and found BelizeINVEST Beltraide. We met Hero Balani and Brian Lin and told them of our interests. From there the team introduced us to the Fisheries Department, Association of Real Estate Brokers, Department of the Environment, Lands Department, and Fishing Cooperatives to help us develop our aquaculture initiative. Along the way, we found those we met courteous, helpful and welcoming of our interests and Project.
In searching for the grounds for our project, Beltraide helped guide us with establishing key relationships, mentoring with regard to Belizean cultures and business attitudes, clearly establishing our key interests and focusing on Mary and my interests in aquaculture and healthcare.
Recently, we purchased a caye off the Placencia Coast called French Louie Caye and have been ever since operating this small resort. This resort is the beginning of our investment in Belize and we are well on our way to establishing the aquaculture project through the diligent work with the Beltraide team.
Specifically, BelizeINVEST has been instrumental in establishing key governmental relationships, addressing realistic project goals, helping new businesses with governmental incentives, and the very positive and diligent efforts of Hero and Brian have made our ventures in Belize a very fulfilling and viable one. We could not thank Beltraide enough for making our work in a foreign jurisdiction positive and rewarding.”
Developer / Owner
The team at BelizeINVEST is very much committed to bring Terry’s varying development endeavors to fruition in Belize.