Kenyan President, other investment delegations to visit Guyana in coming weeks


Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya is expected to lead a delegation to Guyana before the end of the year, President Irfaan Ali announced on Friday during a press conference from the Hilton in New York.

Dr Ali said several other government and investment delegations are also expected in the country in the coming weeks. It flows out of the bilateral and other engagements Dr Ali has been having on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“Six or seven delegations are coming to Guyana out of this week of engagements,” Dr Ali said.

Among the President’s engagements has been a meeting with the Presidents of Ghana, Austria, Maldives, Colombia and Kosovo along with the Prime Minister of Kuwait and the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.

Dr Ali also held engagements with the Heads of the Organization of American States (OAS), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is also expected to lead a delegation to Ghana to continue discussions on oil and gas and technology transfer.  Dr Ali said from all his meetings it is clear that Guyana is an area of high focus and said the new oil-producing nation was getting a different level of attention.

To make good on the investment interest, he noted that strong leadership and democracy along with adherence to the rule of law are required.

Importantly, he said his engagements were also used to repair the damage done to the country’s history because of the protracted elections period in 2020 which was affected by attempts to rig.

“We had to answer a lot of questions in relation to that.

“But we have a strong emerging market with various opportunities,” he said, adding that it was important that Guyanese in the diaspora take advantage of these opportunities by either contacting the Go-Invest Office in Georgetown or by seeking assistance from Guyana’s Consulates and Embassies abroad.

He promised to have in-person international Guyana Expos once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

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