(Ministry of Business, July 25, 2016)- Several businesses in Mahdia met with Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin and a team comprising personnel from the Ministry of Business and the Small Business Bureau when they visited on July 22 – 24.
The visit to Region Eight, sub-district two, was to accommodate meetings to give the business community the platform to discuss their issues with the Ministerial team.
Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin (Center) with members of Regional Democratic Council, Region Eight
Concerns raised by the Mahdia business community included: the state of the Linden to Mahdia road; high cost of transportation; the lack of business registration and licencing services in the sub-district; and access to finance and banking services.
Minister Gaskin while addressing the concerns stated that, “Government is committed to the development of all of Guyana, hence the number of outreach activities by various Ministers of Government to hear the concerns and better understand the development priorities of communities.”
He further stressed that the government was interested in sustainable long-term economic development driven by private enterprise.
The Minister also stressed the need for diversification into value-added products in order to increase economic benefits to the community and reduce dependence on primary products.
A section of the gathering at the Business meeting
He reiterated that increasing value-added productivity is a priority of the current administration when it comes to business.
A representative of the Small Business Bureau, used the opportunity to explain the work of the Bureau to individuals attending the various meetings, highlighting the various opportunities for small businesses with reference to training and support.
The outreach is a continued effort by the Ministry of Business to collaborate with Regional Democratic Councils to promote investor-ready projects within the 10 regions.