Barbados is seeking to strengthen commercial linkages with Guyana.

A 24-member contingent of Barbadian manufacturing and services companies will be arriving in Guyana on Thursday, January 28, 2016 to participate in a series of pre-arranged business to business meetings- the final leg of a multi-country CARICOM trade mission.

Led by Barbados’ Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business, the Honourable Donville Inniss, the visit is intended to enhance policy dialogue and the exchange of business information, while strengthening the network of business support organisations, promoting trade, and exploring investment opportunities which could yield economic gains for both territories.

The mission is being spearheaded by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), with support from the Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Barbados Manufacturers Association.

It is anticipated that the mission will be executed with support from the Guyana Office for Investment (GOINVEST), as part of the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed between GOINVEST and the BIDC in 2014.

During the visit, the Barbadian delegates, representing firms from the food and beverage, construction, printing, health and wellness and consulting services sectors, will engage in business to business meetings, consult with business support organisations and agencies and explore opportunities for the development of trade relations, joint ventures and other investments. The Barbados-based Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be among the delegates, showcasing the eye care, neurosurgical and cardiac services offered at its facility.

Open House sessions are scheduled for January 29, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, where persons interested in doing business with Barbados are invited to attend.