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Trade Policy of Belize - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to Belize's national trade policy. Government trade policy overviews, national development strategy papers as well as information on agreements, regulations, standards, and the investment climate are also presented in this section.
Belize's trade policy is clearly not developed in isolation, but rather within a regional and global trade context. Over the years, the number of commitments derived from participation in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as CARICOM, and other regional trade fora has increased. As such, documents that provide some insight into these regional and global policy frameworks have been included.

National Trade Policy
"The Government of Belize (GOB) recognizes that trade is instrumental in advancing Belize’s economic and social prosperity... Cognizant of the difficulties faced by Belize in participating in the global economy, GOB underscores the principle that any integration agreement (between asymmetric parties) takes due account of the needs and weaknesses of developing countries and the vulnerabilities endemic to small developing states. Belize advocates the Principle of Gradualism which mandates that small economies should be gradually integrated into the rules based international economy..."
Goverment Report to the WTO, 2004

General Policy Documents
Budget Policy
Budget Speech 2005-2006
Budget Speech 2004-2005
Budget Speech 2003-2004
Hon. Said Musa, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance and Defense

Agricultural Policy
Agriculture Policy Document 2002-2020
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Ministry of Agriculture

Social Policy Framework
Social Policy Framework, 2001
Legal Framework
External Trade Agreements

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Legal Information Network
Commercial Guide
Trade Regulations & Standards, 2005
Investment Climate, 2005
US Department of Commerce
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Secretariat Trade Policy Review, 2004
Government Report
Structure of Trade Policy. WTO Secretariat
Policies by Sector. WTO Secretariat
Policies and Practices by Measure. WTO Secretariat

Other Trade Policy Documents
National Export Strategy: Scope, Focus, and Process, 2004 Government of Belize.
BELTRAIDE 2004 Action Plan, 2004 Beltraide
Strategy for the Development of the Services Sector, 1999 Government of Belize.
Regional & Global Context
  Belize is a member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM). At the global level, Belize has participated in the GATT since October 1983 and in the WTO since January 1995.

  Regional Level

Background Information, Legal Framework, External Agreements, On-going Negotiations, and more information.

  Global Level
  The World Trade Organisation-WTO
Understanding the WTO, The Agreements, Settlling Disputes, Cross-Cutting and New Issues, The Doha Agenda, Developing Countries, The Organization.

► Other International Organisations
Reports & Country Strategies on Belize
Doing Business, 2009
World Bank
EU - Aid for Trade Monitoring Report, 2008
World Trade Organisation
CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agrmt
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2007-2008
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2006-2007
IDB Country Strategy, 2004
IDB-Regional Operation Department 3
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2004
Staff for the 2004 Consultation with Belize
World Bank Country Strategy, 2000
LAC, World Bank

Relevant Publications
On Belize
Belize - European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2002 Government of Belize - EU Commission

On Trade Policy
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2009
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2008
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2007
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2006
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2005
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2004
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2003

On the Regional and Global Context
Taccone, J. and Nogueira, U (coordinators), 2002: CARICOM Report
Barclay, L; Henry, R and James, V, 2001: Trade Policy and Caribbean Development
Bernal, R: Globalisation and Small Developing Countries (source: CRNM website)
Dos Santos, P and Bain, L, 2004: Survey of the Caribbean Tax Systems
More Information
  Off-site links to:
Government of Belize
Specialised Governmental Agencies
Business and Other Organisations
Regional and International Organisations