中美洲經貿辦事處 Central America Trade Office

2021/09/17

The 1st Annual Belize Taiwan Academy Conference

【The 1st Annual Belize Taiwan Academy Conference】(BTAC) was successfully held virtually on July 4 and live streamed on various media platforms in Taiwan and Belize, drawing  more than 16,000 viewers.​The conference started with the song “Work Together”, a song written by the singer of Belizean Concego and dedicated to the diplomatic friendship between Taiwan and Belize. 12 Belizean students from universities in Taiwan presented their research findings with various topics.  ​Belize Ambassador to Taiwan Candice Pitts, Taiwan's Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Yui (俞大㵢), Taiwan Ambassador to Belize Chien Kuan-chou (錢冠州), and Deputy Secretary General of the International Cooperation and Development Fund Lee Pai-Po (李栢浡) who participated in the event all addressed that BTAC is a testament to academic excellence and educational cooperation between both countries. ◆ Click for youtube video:https://bit.ly/3xl3LVd

2021/07/21

2020 Taipei Int´l Food Show

The ‘2020 Taipei Int´l Food Show’ was held from December 17th to 20th at Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1. In addition to the Main Stage of Central America Pavilion, we also had four national booths set up by Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, with an eye to building a stage for the exhibitors to promote the high-quality products from these four countries and to explore potential business opportunities in Taiwan. There were promotional activities at the Central America Pavilion, such as business meetings, Central American food product and cuisine introduction, to name but a few.

Central American Coffee for a Sip of “Black Gold” Market in Taiwan
2020/11/12

Do you like Arabica coffee? You must go for the one from Central America, a continent at the other end from Taiwan and with 14 hours of time difference. Central America produces internationally acclaimed coffee with its natural advantages in sunshine and volcano soils and abundance of labor force. At the 2020 Taiwan International Tea, Coffee & Wine Expo from November 13th to November 16th at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, “Central America Pavilion” organized by Central America Trade Office and Embassies of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in Taiwan would like to invite coffee Taiwanese importers to the tradeshow and share the aroma of the best coffee from Central America with the people in Taiwan. Central America is one of the important coffee growers in the world. Coffee from Central America is known for delightful flavors and stable quality. Grown on fertile volcano soils and in the beautiful climate, coffee from Guatemala is rich in tones, fruity sweet and chocolatey aroma. Honduras is the largest producer of coffee in Central America. Its coffee is famous for a strong nutty flavor, a toffee-like aroma, and an amazing fruity taste. Grown at a lower altitude, coffee from Nicaragua is noted for warmth and calmness, as well as a creamy buttery, chocolaty and almond-like smell. During the past few years, the Taiwanese people have been avid consumers of “black gold” for its unique flavors. Pushed by the rising demand, there have been mushrooming of cute and characteristic cafes. In fact, Taiwan has the highest concentration of “home-roast” coffee shops in the world. Convenience store chains have been catering to this market by offering specialty coffees from renowned plantations or of different varieties. Endowed with a diversity of microclimates and richness of volcano soils, the plantations in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have developed different techniques to produce an extensive range of specialty coffees. These coffees are widely popular in Taiwan, as imports from these three allied countries have been accounting for 20% of the annual totals over recent years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many coffee growers and producers from Central America are unable to come to Taiwan in 2020. Still, we have invited dozens of importers and distributors of coffee from Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua to join the exhibition. They will be bringing many different top-quality coffee beans, freshly roasted, for visitors and coffee shop owners to enjoy. There will be info sessions on the distribution of coffee plantations, microclimates and specialty growing techniques in Central America. Coffee tasting events will be organized for those in the coffee business in Taiwan, at Booth M830, 4F, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Meanwhile, a number of seminars will be held at “Central America Pavilion” by inviting experts to share their knowledge about the characteristics of coffees from Central America. Every day during the event period, celebrated coffee champions such as Berg Wu and Chad Wang will use coffee beans from Central America to demonstrate how to pour over, create Latte art, and make coffee in the Italian style. There is also a special give-away online campaign on CATO Facebook. Do not miss out this great opportunity for coffee lovers to learn more about premier coffees from Central America! Central America Pavilion, 2020 Taiwan International Tea, Coffee & Wine ExpoTime: November 13th to November 16th, 2020    Venue: Booth M830, 4F, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center <

2020 Belize themed Lanterns Will be Showcased in Taichung &amp; Taipei
2020/02/06

Our diplomatic allied in Central America, Belize will participate in the Lantern Festivals in Taipei and Taichung this year. In order to share the joy of Chinese Year with the people of Taiwan, Belize will showcase 2 themed lanterns representing the “Maya culture” and the “Great Blue Hole” respectively. It will be the first time that Belize participates in “2020 Taiwan Lantern Festival” held at Houli Flora Expo Site in Taichung. Belize will transform its very famous Great Blue Hole into themed lanterns. The Great Blue hole is the world-known touristic   attraction that was selected as the World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1996. This year, Belize makes the Great Blue Hole as the background of its lantern and highlight it with marine creatures in the front which symbolizes the everlasting ecological system in the Blue Hole. The diver and the sailboat in the center of the lantern represent the harmonious lifestyle that Belizean people have with the nature.   Belize also participates in “2020 Taipei Lantern Festival” with a lantern combining the Mayan ruin and its cultural elements. The Mask Temple, the most characteristic building in Lamanai Maya archaeological sites of Belize, features 2 identical face masks on the front exterior of the structure, as the backdrop of the lantern. In front of the temple, there are colorful costumed and masked characters from the living Maya cultural tradition, The Deer Dance Festival, depicting animals from the forest such as the deer, jaguar and monkey as well as the Western conquerors of yore. The dance, with Marimba music, symbolises the thriving and close connection between the indigenous Maya and the land. These 2 beautiful and distinctive Belizean themed lanterns will be showcased in “2020 Taiwan Lantern Festival” in Taichung and “2020 Taipei Lantern Festival” starting on February 8th. Taiwanese will be able to witness the beauty of Caribbean Sea and strengthen the connection with Belizean people without flying out of the country. Come to visit these celebrative and artistic Lantern Festivals!   Information of Festivals: “2020 Taiwan Lantern Festival” in TaichungVenue: International Lanterns ,Houli Forest Park AreaDate: Feb. 8th (Sat.)- Feb. 23th (Sun.)Time: 2pm-10pm (weekday); 10am-10pm(weekend) “2020 Taipei Lantern Festival”Venue: International Area, XimendingDate: Feb. 8th (Sat.)- Feb. 16th (Sun.)Time: 4pm-10pm (weekday); 1pm-11pm(weekend)

Belizean Band Garifuna Collective Performs in Taiwan
2019/10/07

Taiwan has been in a diplomatic relationship with Belize for 30 years since 1989. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary, the Embassy of Belize, the Central America Trade Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a series of celebration activities in October. Garifuna Collective, a Belizean Band, is invited to perform in the 2019 Taichung Jazz Festival and a series of activities in Taipei to highlight the good diplomatic relation between the two countries. This is also a good opportunity for more Taiwanese to have a deeper understanding of the national image and art culture of Belize, a Central American country with a diplomatic tie with Taiwan.   Garifuna Collective will attend the 2019 Taichung Jazz Festival on October 18 and 19 in Taichung Civic Square and Calligraphy Greenway, respectively, bringing their music full of Garifuna culture and soul, and sharing their music and stories with Taiwanese audience. Moreover, they will exchange their music with the student music workshop of National Taiwan University of Art, and will perform with the students of Chinese Music Department, National Taiwan University of Art at 7:30 pm on October 17 in a concert “Belize + Taiwan @ 30 Friendship Concert featuring The Garifuna Collective - Belize World Music Band with National Taiwan University of Arts Chinese Music Student”.  ★ Belize + Taiwan @ 30 Friendship Concert featuring The Garifuna Collective - Belize World Music Band with National Taiwan University of Arts Chinese Music StudentTime: 10/17 19:30-20:30Venue: Universidad de Artes de Taiwán, Performing Arts Center ★ 2019 Taichung Jazz Festival (Day 1)Time: 10/18 17:30-18:30Venue: Taichung Civic Square ★ 2019 Taichung Jazz Festival (Day 2)Time: 10/19 19:00-20:00Venue: Calligraphy Greenway ★ Flash mobTime: 10/20 15:30Venue: Taipei 101 B1

【Belize Art Exhibition 2019】Belize and Taiwan @ 30-An Abiding Friendship
2019/09/27

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Taiwan and Belize, the Embassy of Belize will hold a series of events in October. One of them is an art exhibition. Famous Belizean painters Rachael Nadine Heusner and Fernando Cruz Crasborn will bring a number of wonderful paintings and exhibit them in the Belize Art Exhibition 2019~Belize and Taiwan @ 30-An Abiding Friendship together in Yuan Ru Gallery in Taipei from October 15 to November 3. These paintings highlight the scenery and custom of Belize and daily life of ordinary Belizeans through the artists’ sensuous and freehand drawing style. The Embassy of Belize also wishes to promote art and cultural exchange between Taiwan and Belize through this event so that people in Taiwan can further understand Belizean culture and custom. Rachael Nadine HeusnerRachael Nadine Heusner has held art exhibitions in Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Mexico, Barbados, Anquila, Suriname and the United States. Her works have been collected by buyers and artists from all over the world. The inspiration of her works often comes from her experience in Belize where she grew up. She uses different media and interesting natural elements, such as coffee, turmeric and chocolate, to capture the beauty of common people and the Caribbean. Fernando Cruz CrasbornGrowing up in an art and political family in San Ignacio, Fernando Cruz Crasborn is a self-taught artist whose paintings have different themes and styles, from portraits to abstract paintings. His paintings are also part of Belize’s national collection. Two of them are exhibited in Belize National Museum. He is especially fond of drawing portraits of common people. For Fernando, common people represent the most authentic, primitive and pure side of life.  Date: October 15 to November 03Venue: Yuan Ru Gallery (10th Floor, No. 343, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City)