LOS ANGELES, USA -- The Belize Trade and Investment Development Services (Beltraide) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) presented “Invest in Belize” information to a full house at the Consulate of Belize Investment Conference held on Saturday, August 25, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA.
Beltraide’s deputy executive director, Lejia Melanie Gideon, joined DFC’s representatives Natalie Goff, general manager, and Norman Garcia, manager for marketing and communication, in presenting information about investing in Belize. Those in attendance listened attentively to the presentations in the general sessions, and later got an opportunity to meet with the visiting representatives in private consultations.
In addition to the procedures for investing in Belize, Beltraide also covered, among others, the advantages for investing in Belize, major industries, key growth areas for investment and the retirement program for those who want to do so in Belize. Among the topics discussed by DFC were the mortgage finance and commercial lending programs, which covered the requirements for borrowing, payment mechanisms, and purchasing DFC properties.
“I am surprised at the level of interest and awareness that exist for investing in Belize,” remarked Goff, as she commented on the attendants and the questions raised by the audience.
The conference was organized by the Consulate of Belize Investment Task Force, in order for both government entities to present information about investing in Belize, for those who live outside its borders.
Consul General Roland Yorke maintained, “That our Belizeans in the Diaspora can become just as engaged as anyone else in the economic development of Belize, once we are aware of those opportunities.”
Certificates of appreciation were presented at the conclusion of the conference to the three presenters.
“I am impressed with the responsiveness of the community in Los Angeles and their desire to become an economic stakeholder in Belize,” commented Gideon, as the day came to an end.