‘Energy Link Up’ conference aims to remove existing barriers


Aimed at making the energy sector more ‘approachable’ by getting more people involved, the Canada Guyana Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday launched its inaugural ‘Energy Link up.’

The event is designed to contribute to the conversation on the energy sector, providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills sharing and to create job opportunities.

Speaking at the launch which was held in the Private Sector Commission’s boardroom, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canada Guyana Chamber of Commerce, Rochelle Parasram said the event is more than just a “gathering.”

“This event is more than just a gathering. It’s a jam-packed, affordable experience designed to cater for the diverse needs of our community,” Parasram.

As such, she urged those who are interested in the energy sector to utilise the opportunity and participate.

“We invite you to dive into the dynamic energy sector where learning meets lively participation. This is your gateway to understanding and engaging in the world of energy,” Parasram noted.

The goal, Parasram said is to “elevate” the understanding of the energy sector through affordable and transformative platform.

“We want to help you strategically position yourself for success in this ever evolving industry,” she said.

Meanwhile, member of the Canada Guyana Chamber of Commerce, Dr Surendra Persaud said while there are a lot of conferences of this nature, there are gaps in acquiring knowledge and accessing these forums for a variety of reasons.

As such, he said the chamber took a decision to host the event to target the “broader” Guyanese audience with interest in the sector.

“There are persons who wanted more information but didn’t know where to get it. So the primary goal of this conference is to place it at a location and set it at a price point…so we remove much of the barriers as possible,” he said.

With Guyana’s “exceptional” growth trajectory, Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of Canada Jake Thomas said the event provides an opportunity for those who are interested to get involved in the energy sector.

“There is a lot to talk about in the energy story and how Canada can play into it,” Thomas said.

The event is scheduled to take place on June 21 and 22, 2024 at the National Cultural Centre. It will feature two aspects – a conference and an expo.

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