Corentyne ‘a sleeping giant’ that could lead Guyana’s economic recovery – President Granger says economic development not a racial issue

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President David Granger, on Saturday evening, called on the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam to play its part in ensuring that the East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) becomes a commercial and economic hub, taking the lead in Guyana’s economic recovery.

A section of the gathering at the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam’s dinner held last evening.
A section of the gathering at the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam’s dinner held Saturday evening

Speaking at the Club’s World Understanding and Peace Dinner, to an audience, which included the Club’s president Mr. Chris Hicks, past president Mr. Narine Sooknanan and Director of Club Service, Tajpaul Adjodhea, Mr. Granger  said that the Corentyne region is a sleeping giant which, if awakened, can ensure Guyana’s growth and development. While every citizens must do their part to make this a reality, he pointed out that it is non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Rotary Club that must lead those efforts.

“President Granger said, “[East Berbice-Corentyne] can lead the economic recovery of the entire country. It can influence the economic development of the Caribbean community through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is no exaggeration… This region comprises 96 communities. It is the only region with three towns. Guyana needs strong regions… We need economically robust regions and that is why we are paying attention to strengthening our regions. The Corentyne is a sleeping giant. It needs to be aroused from its slumber. It needs to fulfil its unquestionable potential of the food bowl of the country and the Caribbean.”

President David Granger addresses the gathering at the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam’s World Understanding and Peace Dinner, held in Berbice Saturday evening
President David Granger addresses the gathering at the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam’s World Understanding and Peace Dinner, held in Berbice Saturday evening

Noting that the East Berbice-Corentyne Region is the only region to be bordered by two countries – Brazil and Suriname; is the third largest administrative region, spanning over 36,000 square kilometres and is bigger than Belize, Burundi, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the President said that the residents here must now take the initiative and steps to build a strong, resilient, economically robust region, which will take the country forward.

“The Corentyne enjoys an interesting and an enjoyable democratic spread. This region is steeped in heritage and history. It is rich in cultural diversity. The Corentyne is the agricultural heartland in Guyana, richly endowed with fertile, cultivable lands. There are three sugar estates; Albion, Rose Hall and Skeldon. This region has produced over 130,000 tonnes of sugar in 2015. This region is home to the country’s largest water control system, evidenced in the Black Bush Polder scheme. It is supported by fishing, farming, cattle rearing, timber, bauxite mining [and] shipping. The region is the country’s cattle ranch, its sugar bowl, its rice pot. Its fish market and a market place for its commodities. The Corentyne also possesses untapped potential for tourism; eco and heritage tourism,” President  said.

6 COMMENTS

  1. burb n side crap the truth does hurt yall real bad … maybe yall president want berbician to work harder and earn more so yall can go int with yall big guns and take take take lol

  2. Berbice is not a sleeping giant Granger. Its wide awaken and conscious of all your racial activity. You want economic progress only to increase you and your incompetent power-hungry, so-called ministers’ salary.
    You really don’t have the people interest at heart. No you never will.

  3. the President need to inject more Capital for the “sleeping Giant” to wake up not plugging resources to Linden only and Region 4, The “Sleeping Giant” need some kind of top up too……….the rice industry need some government intervention so too are all the other sector for the “Sleeping Giant” not lip services..

  4. Corentyne ‘a sleeping giant’ that could lead Guyana’s economic recovery – President Granger says economic development not a racial issue
    So finally the illegal US installed president admit the economy in shits.
    Berbicians must pump loads of dough into PNC coffers so that PNC could have bigger and more frequent jump ups..

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