At the opening ceremony, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin congratulate the Region-5 Chamber of Commerce for successfully organizing their first Regional Expo and showcasing the Region’s potential to produce and provide and to do business.
Noting that it is also significant that the event is making its debut in the same year that Guyana is celebrating its 50th year of independence. It gives the Region some prominence in the broader national celebration of our nation’s jubilee independence, Gaskin said.
The Business minister noted that an Expo anywhere in the world is an opportunity to showcase the productive sectors of an economy and in Guyana this is no different.
“Region 5 is making a statement here tonight that it wants to join the other regions that have held successful business expositions and also that it is capable of mobilizing the private sector in pursuit of a regional economic agenda” Gaskin said.
Gaskin, explained that although the ministry is based in Georgetown, its mandate applies to all the regions of Guyana as each region is seen as an important contributor of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Whatever services, whatever opportunities, whatever benefits are available through the ministry and its various subvention agencies, must be available in every region of Guyana and we will be making every effort to ensure that the work of the ministry is spread throughout Guyana,” Gaskin said.
The Business Minister committed to working closely with the regional administration in providing guidance and assistance as he echoed the call by Prime Minister Nagamootoo for the establishment of agro-processing industries and facilities within the region.
Gaskin said that the Expo can also be used to assess the state of local businesses in terms of their readiness for the export market.