The oldest private sector body in Guyana, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), is preparing to host it first ever  Business Development Forum aimed at helping local business to become competitive and compliant.

The event will be held at the Le Meridian Pegasus Hotel, Kingston Georgetown on July 20 and 21.

According to the GCCI’s President, Deodat Indar, the Chamber, over the 128-plus years of its existence, has been working with various factions of the private sector and from time to time, the body sees the need to employ capacity building strategies to ensure that businesses remain in business.

He added that the forum was birthed for this reason, noting his belief that the event will aid in the evolution of Guyanese businesses.

According to the GCCI Vice President, Timothy Tucker, the forum is a roadmap to aid business owners to take their businesses from the developmental stage to a level that is profitable and well-situated.

He added that the forum is intended for all business regardless of size or stage.

“There’s no big, no small; if you’re a startup, we welcome you, if you’re the largest manufacturer or distributor in Guyana, there’s going to be something here for you.” He said.

The event is being made possible through collaborative efforts by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Nations University, Republic Bank Limited and other private sector entities.

Richard Rambarran, the Executive Director of the GCCI, who is also part of the planning committee and listed as a presenter at the forum, said that the initiative was conceived by the Trade and Investment Committee of the GCCI.

He expressed his excitement; saying that the event will be the first of its kind in Guyana.

“It is a wonderful programme for business development. It’s also a deliberate effort by the Chamber to help support and promote business growth – micro, small, medium, and all kind of sizes really, to ensure that their development is on track in a systematic way.

Guyana is at a juncture where business-support organisations need to play a more integral role in the development of businesses and as such, this is a tremendous opportunity for persons who are owners of businesses – any and all sizes – to come out and benefit from presenters who are verse in their fields; who understand the dynamics of the business environment and essentially who can lend insight into the various fields.” Rambarran noted.


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