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Our comprehensive assessment of Belize's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Belize, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Belize's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Belize before your competitors.

Country Risk

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Agribusiness

Belize Agribusiness

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BMI View: Coffee production in the Central America region will remain at risk over the next few years as the nature of subsistence farming will limit investment into safeguards against diseases such as coffee rust (roya). Countries in Central America are generally dependent on corn imports and we expect the corn production deficit to widen over our forecast period. Strength in the US dollar over this time frame will hurt the capital accounts of the region's countries. We have turned more negative on our short-term outlook regarding the regional sugar industry as a result of low international prices, but expect Central America to remain self-sufficient in sugar and even increase its potential for sugar exports out the long term. In this time frame, the sugar industry has strong potential to attract investment.

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Infrastructure

Belize Infrastructure

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BMI View: We currently forecast an average of 3.6% real growth in Central America's construction industry value for 2015, which is considerably higher than the regional average for 2014 at 1.3%. We expect Honduras and El Salvador's construction industries to return to positive growth in 2015 on the back of increasing government support for infrastructure projects and a strengthening project pipeline, particularly in the transport sector.

Despite the small size of their construction industries, Central American countries present a wide range of small-scale opportunities (albeit the inter-oceanic canal projects) as the region aims...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Belize Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Favourable tax incentives, continued demand for both generic and patented medicines, and regional anti-counterfiet measures solidify Central America's revenue generating opportunities for multinational pharmaceutical companies in coming years. Despite political instability in some areas of the region, Central America's medicine consumption will continue to grow in 2015.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: USD3.7bn in 2014 to USD3.9bn in 2015; +4.1%. Our forecast has been maintained since Q215.

  • Healthcare: USD16.8bn in 2014 to USD17.8bn in 2015; +5.1%. Our...

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Telecommunications

Belize Telecommunications

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BMI View: Number portability, with four out of eight countries having implemented or in the process of implementing a form of number porting, should encourage an increase in competition, but the progress will depend on the commitment of the individual countries. Mobile forecasts show much slower growth across the board, with only Nicaragua offering any real growth potential. Increasing government interference, as is the case of Guatemala, is a worrying new development. Data-driven 3G/4G services will offer real growth potential as all the large operators are investing heavily into new infrastructure.

Key Data

  • Number porting in Panama increased 37.4% in 2014, highlighting that the population is increasingly more willing to take advantage of better available deals as they switch operators.

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Tourism

Belize Tourism

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BMI View: The ongoing economic uptick in the US will translate into rising departures to the Caribbean in 2015, with St Lucia, St Eustatius, the Cayman Islands and Cuba set to perform particularly well. We see particular opportunities in Cuba, with the US-Cuba diplomatic rapprochement boosting prospects for a relaxation of the bilateral tourist regime.

We forecast mixed fortunes for the Caribbean in 2015, with most islands seeing growth in tourist arrivals but a few registering declines. The latter include Barbados (0.6%), Bonaire (6.1%), the Dominican Republic (1.5%) and St Vincent (1.6%). We believe that these declines reflect the drop of 1.2% in arrivals from Europe in 2015, with these economies usually registering strong arrivals from Europe. However, overall the Caribbean will see a net increase in tourist arrivals in 2015, as improving consumer confidence in the US leads more US tourists to visit the region,...

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