The National Exhibition Centre was a direct spin-off of its forerunner the Guyana Export Promotion Council.
The Guyana Export Promotion Council was established in 1983 as a semi-autonomous body to carry out the following functions:
- Make recommendations and tender advice to the Minister on the formulation of national export policies and on the implementation of such policies.
- Make recommendations and tender advice to Minister on practical measures to stimulate the export trade of Guyana.
- Promote and enhance the orderly development of the export trade of Guyana.
- Engage in all such activities as are in its opinion necessary for, or conducive to the proper discharge of its functions, including research, training, consultancy and advisory activities and the compilation and issue of journals, bulletins and other publications.
The Council was dissolved in November 1999.
In January 2000 National Exhibition Centre (NEC) was formed, the main focus of National Exhibition Centre is to promote local Businesses.
In 2004 GuyExpo became an annual event and is now the longest sustained exhibition in the Caribbean.
In 2015 the Ministry of Business intends to host a small business expo, followed by a large 2016 Guyexpo to coincide with Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary