Harnessing the Value of Open Data by the Private Sector

The Trust For The Americas, The Organization of American States (OAS), and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) will be hosting a Round table discussion on Friday, April 26th at the BCCI’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor on 4792 Coney Drive, Belize City from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided and there is no charge to attend.

Please find below agenda.


Harnessing the Value of Open Data by the Private Sector

“A dialogue to harness the value of open data by Belizean private sector.”

The open government dialogue roundtables are a space for inclusive discussion to seek new opportunities and general consensus about a specific outcome being pursued; they promote the enrichment in the processes of construction of a public policy or services. The latter is accomplished by means of the analysis of multiple points of view in the approach of subjects that require a particular expertise where other non-government actors could harness greater value; such as the private sector.

In the case of this roundtable in Belize, the dialogue will focus on finding answers as to how the Belizean private sector could harness the value of open data to ensure a collaborative approach to unlock the economic potential of open data. This session will be implemented as part of the extended schedule of activities under the Development the Caribbean and Code Sprint (DevCa) initiative, coordinated by the Caribbean Open Institute (COI) for 2019. DevCa takes place simultaneously in seven countries as a leading platform for the discussion on how digital and data impacts national development.

Open Government and Open Data have shown practical gains to advance and achieve transparency and development outcomes, among others. By introducing modern collaborative and participatory methodologies of co-creation; public management is innovating together with civil society and the private sector in the design and delivery of new social and commercial business opportunities to productive sectors of the economies and to citizens.

8:30 a.m. Accreditation of participants

8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mr. Marvin Mora, President – NTUCB (Civil Society)

Mr. Starret Green – OAS

9:15 a.m. Open Government: and Open Data : Co-Creating and Innovating with the Private Sector


  • International Expert
  • International Private Sector Executive

9:45 a.m. Cases of unlocking the economic potential of open data

Caribbean: Maurice McNaughton, Director of the Caribbean Open Institute (COI), Centre of Excellence for IT Enabled Innovation, Universities of the West Indies – UWI, Jamaica

Moderator: BCCI

10:10 a.m. RECESS

10:30 a.m. Belize Private Sector  on Harnessing Open Data Value

– Ms. Mary Beth Goodman, International Development and Anti-Corruption Policy Expert

Dialogue: roundtables (breakout session)

Roundtable theme – “Matching Belizean open data with business opportunities” (What data is needed/available, how to go about it)

  • Each table would have a BCCI and an international expert as facilitators
  • Each table would have a note taker

Each table would have a presenter of the conclusions

12:00 noon Conclusions and Closing

12:30 p.m. LUNCH