(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (DPI) – His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali underscored the importance of strong international partnerships at the public and private sector levels and spoke about the importance of their linkages in creating a dynamic environment conducive to growth and prosperity.
The Head of State made the claim last night during his address at the networking reception held in honor of the British trade mission visiting the British High Commissioner’s residence in Bel Air Gardens.
The nine-member UK delegation includes representatives from companies investing in education, manufacturing and infrastructure. They are expected to meet government and private sector officials over the next few days to discuss investment opportunities in several areas, including infrastructure, food and beverage, agriculture, manufacturing, ICT and energy. renewable.
The companies are Grove Group, Concrete Canvas, DAR, Nectar Group, One True Maverick Vodka, Signature LLP and Woollard and Henry.
President Ali welcomed the delegation and recounted his government’s efforts to develop Guyana.
“I would like to thank you for your interest in Guyana. I want to assure you of our seriousness in creating an environment of partnership and networking and I want to assure the local private sector that its future becomes better each time new investors enter the country.
The president described networking as one of the “most effective tools” used in the corporate world to enhance business opportunities. He then called on those gathered to reflect on the results of partnerships.
“We’re not really in favor of gaffe sessions anymore; we are not in favor of wasting people’s time. It’s either there is an opportunity or there isn’t. And if there is an opportunity, how can we build that opportunity together, how do we add value to each other and bring value to all stakeholders involved in the partnership. »
Opportunities for all
President Ali said that if the country is open for business and welcomes foreign investment, partnerships must resonate with the benefits of all stakeholders.
“We are absolutely, without a doubt, open to foreign investment… We are undoubtedly part of a regional integration movement, but we are also undoubtedly responsible for ensuring that the local private sector and the people benefit opportunities that present themselves. .”
He recalled that even if there are challenges to overcome, these can be overcome to create a market of opportunities and competitiveness.
He spoke about his government’s plans to address the cost of energy, diversify the energy portfolio, build human capacity, invest in infrastructure, modernize the legal architecture, protect foreign and local investment and support integration. , partnership and networking. “We believe in these things.”
The government will be guided by its enhanced low-carbon development strategy, as striking a balance between development and environmental conservation remains paramount.
It is equally important, according to the president, to ensure that all Guyanese benefit from the country’s growth.
“We want to create balance; we are going to make sure that the people of this country are treated fairly, that the country is treated fairly. We don’t want to be in a partnership where we bark every day…instead, we want to work together to achieve the best possible outcome for the people of the country.
The president, who said he was “very impressed” by the diversity of the representatives’ portfolio, called on them to make their own assessment of the opportunities that exist.
He also said that the country already has amazing ideas, project documents and project proposals and the next step is to access the necessary resources.
“So welcome to the land of opportunity, a land of great talent and a land where the future is built on partnerships to create nothing but win-win scenarios.”
Alongside the chair and host of the evening, HE Jane Miller; Deputy High Commissioner Ray Davidson; Caribbean Council CEO Chris Bennett; CEO of GO-Invest, Dr. Peter Ramsaroop; Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) President Timothy Tucker and other private sector representatives were also present at the networking event.
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