Exploring Guyana’s economic opportunities were the main focus this past weekend, as U.S. trade and investment mission from the United States wrapped up a four-day visit to Guyana, exploring a number of upcoming investment initiatives.
Led by Outreach Aid to the Americas, (OAA) Inc. and the locally-based the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), the 30-member mission from diverse business interests across the U.S. explored agricultural and manufacturing sectors, from targeted food products such as pork, seafood, rice, fruits and vegetables, to the manufacturing of plastic containers and bags. The promotion of Guyana as a wedding destination was also highlighted, with an expanded footprint for a major airline and shipping companies. Representatives also met with Government and private sector officials, and visited the operations of a number of local companies.
“This has been a very successful mission from the standpoint that the potential investors see quite a lot of opportunities here and will be working with local companies on follow up action,” says GACC President and South Florida businessman, Wesley Kirton. “These investors see opportunities which they want to pursue but there are also some challenges that have to be overcome and could be effectively addressed given the expressed commitment of both government and the local private sector to working with foreign investors and potential trading partners.”
A nation with under one million people, Guyana provides opportunities for investment in gold and other mining, eco-tourism and related hospitality development, agriculture and agribusiness, clean energy, electronic assembly, low income housing, financial services and the supply of consumer goods, raw material and equipment.
This will be the first trade mission led by the newly launched GACC, based in Miramar, Florida.