High interest in doing business in Guyana

--at World Trade Centers Association Forum In New York City

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There has been significant interest in doing business with Guyana among attendees at the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) Members’ Forum currently in session in New York, United States of America.

World Trade Center Georgetown, Guyana, among the latest centers to be set up, was highlighted at the opening ceremony by WTCA Chairman, John Drew who indicated that the license holder, Demerara Distillers Limited comes to the organization with enlightened vision and interesting perspectives at a time when businesses face significant challenges with global trade and supply chain issues.

DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo in his profile of Guyana to delegates representing more than 50 countries pointed out that Guyana is today the fastest growing economy, with growth in 2022 projected at 47.5 per cent, fueled mainly by its emerging oil and gas sector.

“It is against the backdrop of Guyana’s rapidly expanding and transformational economy that DDL took the decision to pursue a license for a WTC in Georgetown, Guyana. Growth in the economy has opened new opportunities for expanding trade and increasing investment, Samaroo said.

He added that “DDL firmly believes that the World Trade Center in Guyana will play a critical role in creating the necessary links and contacts to expand, for mutual benefit, Guyana’s global trade and investment opportunities.”

Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Chairman Komal Samaroo addressing the forum

World Trade Center Georgetown has joined the Latin American Council of the WTCA which has the potential of opening new trade and investment relationships with businesses in this region. This takes on particular importance given the recent trend of moving towards near sourcing and onshoring of supplies, occasioned by disruptions in traditional supply sources.

The DDL delegation held a meeting with former Columbia Trade Minister Carlos Ronderos who now coordinates the work of the WTCA Latin America group. There is to be follow up on new strategic initiatives to enhance trade between Guyana and key countries in Latin America. Mr. Ronderos is expected to visit Guyana early next year.

Discussions were also held with a team from WTC Toronto, Canada about standardized training and education modules that would better prepare Guyanese companies to be trade ready and to take advantage of export opportunities.

The DDL team also held bilateral meetings with delegations from Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, India, France and Ireland.

The forum heard a presentation on Africa from the chairman of World Trade Center Accra, Ghana which will host next year’s WTCA General Assembly, April 23-26.

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