[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar joined with JAGS Aviation to officially inaugurate the new Cessna Grand Caravan 208B EX at the Ogle International Airport yesterday [August 25].
JAGS Aviation was three months ago acquired by BK International Group of Companies, owned by Brian Tiwarie.
Last week, the aircraft flew directly from its manufacturer in Kansas, United States and transited in Antigua before landing at the Ogle Airport.
It is the first of its kind, equipped with state-of-the-art amenities such as air-conditioning, reflecting the constant development of aviation technology. It is also outfitted to allow for the carrying of oxygen for high altitude flying.
President Donald Ramotar commended the Tiwarie family for venturing into the avenue of air transport. He said that investments like these are made possible as a result of the tremendous financing that the Government of Guyana has been making not only in the aviation sector but across the board.
The President also used the forum to condemn the recent unwarranted attacks on Chinese investments in Guyana.
“We must have investments in our country. We created special economic regimes to attract both local and foreign investments to develop the potential of our country,” the President said.
He said despite the attacks, companies, both local and foreign, continue to express their confidence in the Guyanese economy. This he said, speaks loudly to the fact that many people, particularly in the business community, do not share the xenophobic views that are emanating from some sections.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn under whose responsibility the aviation sector falls, said that his Ministry has and continues to work to develop the Ogle and CJIA airports with the view of improving air travel domestically and internationally.
Minister Benn also condemned the attacks on Chinese investors and reminded that at one time similar attacks were directed at Brazilian investors.
“Who’s next? Where are the facts to substantiate the claims that are being made in some of our newspapers with respect to investments in our country?” he questioned.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]