GCCI reiterates call for visa-free travel to Canada; 13 new countries now eligible


The Government of Canada on Tuesday announced that another 13 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, are now eligible for visa-free travel and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has reiterated the call for Guyanese to be allowed visa-free travel too.

The 13 countries that can now travel visa-free are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Costa Roca, Morocco, Panama, Philippines, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.

See below the full statement from Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI):

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) notes an announcement emanating from the Government of Canada which indicates that 13 countries have qualified to receive visa-free access to the country.

This list includes Latin American and Caribbean territories, and others. The GCCI welcomes that the Government of Canada remains receptive to allowing visa-free access to its territory and views this as a positive move to engender economic growth.

In light of this move, the Chamber of Commerce would like to take the opportunity to reiterate its call for visa-free access for Guyanese to Canada. Having established diplomatic relations with Guyana since 1964, the two countries have developed strong economic and commercial ties, developed on mutual respect for democracy and enterprise.

Currently, Guyana is the third largest merchandising partner with Canada in the Caribbean Community and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The GCCI itself continues to deepen relations with Canada, having established MoUs with a number of sister agencies in the country, hosting and fielding trade missions and continuing to work to support partnerships between Guyanese and Canadian companies.

With a diaspora in excess of 85,000 in Canada, the GCCI believes that removal of the visa restriction of Guyanese to Canada will serve to engender improved trade relations, support deeper commercial and economic ties and support economic growth for both territories.

The GCCI thanks the Government of Canada and the Canadian people for its continued leadership role in global affairs, support for Guyana’s development and anticipates continued cooperation with both the government and private sector of Canada.

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