To stop people from leaving, gov’t eyes ‘innovation industry’ in Reg. 2


A new innovation industry will be developed in Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) as part of the government’s plans to provide opportunities for people in the region, so that they no longer feel the need to move to more urban regions, President Dr. Irfaan Ali has said.

The Head of State, speaking at a recent event in the community of Mainstay/ Whyaka, said that his administration is working to create more lucrative jobs for people in the region.

While this has been a longstanding focus, he said the performance of the region’s students just days before evidences the greater need to do so.

Last week, students from the Anna Regina Multilateral school in Region Two stunned the country with their performances at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Some of the students copped 24 Grade One passes, while numerous others were among the country’s top performers.

With the existing talent in the region, President Ali said he does not want people to leave in search of better opportunities.

“We don’t want to create a situation where talent must migrate to have the opportunity so, we are working to not only have call centres but the whole innovation industry.

“We are working on having the whole innovation industry expanded to this Region so that we can create higher paying jobs and more technical jobs,” President Ali highlighted.

He also said that the government is trying to infuse more research and technology into agricultural development, to make this sector increasingly attractive as well.

Already, he announced that the two marine fish cages expected to boost fish production in the community have arrived in Guyana and will be installed soon.

“The marine cage project will start here,” President Ali underscored.

Previously, he announced that the government will be launching a commercial marine cage project which is aimed at producing some 11 metric tons of fish every nine months.

“Once we do this right, based on the numbers that we have established, the annual profitability can be as much as $10 million,” President Ali highlighted in May.

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