Assistant Secretary General of the OAS addresses Opening Remarks at the Business Lab in Belize

Belize City, Belize, November 9, 2015 – The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Nestor Mendez, inaugurated in Belize City a Business Lab on Intellectual Property and Product Branding for Creative Industries.

This Business Lab will provide the knowledge and methodologies necessary for establishing and managing business enterprises. It will also teach participants how to create a corporate image and develop marketing strategies for reaching their target audience. It will help entrepreneurs to develop business canvases and other tools to help secure loans from both traditional and non-traditional sources. Additionally, participants will be ready to replicate the business lab modules so that others in their communities can benefit from the training, generating a multiplier effect.

As a testimony to the commitment and support that the OAS provides to the youth, Ambassador Mendez inaugurated the Business Lab to be held in Belize City from November 9 to 13, 2015. These trainings aim to educate and support young people on how to be entrepreneurs, fostering creativity and innovative ideas that boosts sustainable economic development in the region.

Ambassador Mendez expressed, “The Organization of American States firmly believes that entrepreneurs can achieve great things with their wit and talent. They trace the path of success with their determination and effort. They are the women and men that create innovative businesses, contribute to job creation, and sustainable economic growth. In this context, the Organization of American States works closely with the Young Americas Business Trust to support entrepreneurs in their path to success.”

Accompanying the Assistant Secretary General on the main panel where: Israeli Ambassador to El Salvador and concurrent to Belize, H.E. Oren Bar El; Mr. Starret Greene, Representative of the Organization of American States in Belize; Ms. Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager of the Enterprise and Innovation Division of BELTRAIDE. Also, Mr. Ishmael Quiroz, Private Sector Operations Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank Country Office in Belize; Mr. Jose F. Clautier, Program Officer for the Young Americas Business Trust; and Mr. Guillermo Levinton, trainer of the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa, Israel.

The Business Labs Program (developed by YABT, in collaboration with the Agency for International Development Cooperation of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center) supports the goals of REACH –Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialization Hub–, which is a technical regional cooperation project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).