A groundbreaking investment conference on the occasion of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary drew more than 165 investors, entrepreneurs and Guyanese leaders to New York City.
Deepened interest in agriculture, agro-processing, energy, tourism, manufacturing, BPO and other sectors came from Investors across the USA, Guyana, Canada, and India.
The one-day Conference was held at the prestigious Harvard Club, NYC on Friday June 10, 2016. The Conference brought Minister of the Government, officials from Go-Invest and the private sector to discuss the investment opportunities in Guyana and ways of energizing the investment environment.
According to Conference Chair and Co-Founder of Guyana-America Investments (GAIN), Mr. Ewart Marshall, “the Conference intended to promote Guyana as an investment destination for diaspora and non-diaspora investors; we are excited that the interest for Guyana was so overwhelming.”
The Conference covered the following topics:
The Investment Landscape: Opportunities Abound in Guyana
The Investment Climate: Attractive and Ready
The Investment Process: Doing Business in Guyana… nuts and bolts
The Investment Motion: Driving and Delivering Investments to Guyana
Additionally, many investors with proposals in hand queued in long lines to meet with Ministers and Officials of Go-Invest to discuss their projects and proposals. Throughout the day the room filled with investors and entrepreneurs were seen in energizing and active networking. Some investors who came to look for financing or equity were able to find multiple providers and many private equity and fund managers also found promising projects.
Delivering on the Investment Opportunities in Guyana and the enabling environment were:
Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Public Security
Hon. David Patterson, Minister of Infrastructure
Hon. Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Business
Hon. Cathy Hughes, Minister of Telecommunications
Ms. Patricia Bacchus, Chairperson, GO-Invest
Mr. Owen Verwey, CEO, GO-Invest
Dr. Shamir Ally, Deputy-Chairman, GO-Invest
Mr. Nohar Singh, CEO, TravelSpan
Francisco Carneriro, Lead Economist for the Caribbean, World Bank
Dr. Vincent Adams, Engineer and Energy Expert
Dr. Glendon Archer, CEO, Metallica Commodities Corp.
Ms. Allison Butters-Grant, CEO, Global Seafood Distributors
Dr. Rohan Somar, MD, MBA, CPE: Physician/CEO; Health Care Exec.; Co-Founder, Guyana-America Investments
Mr. Salaudeen Nausrudeen, CEO, Positive Communications and Co-Founder, Guyana-America Investments (GAIN)
Capt. Gerry Gouveia, Rep. Private Sector Comm. of Guyana
Dr. Ivelaw Griffith, Vice-Chancellor & Principal Univ. of Guyana
Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin emphasized that the Guyana government is “serious in bringing business to Guyana clean, fair and transparent. Guyana can accommodate all kind investors.” He made it clear that the abundance of natural and human resources available in Guyana reinforces the fact that the present administration is ready to do business and to establish the right investment climate in Guyana.
Mr. Marshall said that, “our goal was to have the Ministers, GO-Invest Officials and private sector on the same platform discussing the challenges as well as the opportunities that exists; this I believe provided a high level of credibility to investors that Guyana means business.”
“More investment events promoting Guyana are being planned in the US and Canada all year long,” Mr. Marshall added.
The active ready-to-invest sectors highlighted at the Conference were Agriculture, Eco-Tourism, Forestry, Information Technology, Call Centers, Agro-processing, Infrastructure, Energy, Mining and Education.
The organizers extends special thanks to its sponsors the Newton Group, Metallica Commodities Corp and JHI Associates/Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas, Travel Span/One Guyana Air, Avory & Associates, H&R Block (Lithonia, GA), Aristeia Global Advisors, Gafoors, GAIN, Qualfon, National Hardware (Guyana) Ltd., Gaico Construction as well as its partners Wee Radio, Caribbean American Newspaper, Caymana Consulting, Positive Communications and MARS technologies.
For more information of future events visit www.Gainvestors.com.
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