[www.inewsguyana.com] – President of the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA) Norman McLean has pledged to hold the new APNU+AFC government accountable while working to develop Guyana in the best way possible.
McLean in his welcome remarks at a GMSA luncheon on Monday , July 20 emphasized the need for cooperation between the government and private sector.
“We pledge to you our unreserved support for your national development programmes, even while we hold your feet to the fire. We look forward to playing any role we could to enhance the ability of our entrepreneurs to earn more than subsistence level revenue and to eliminate the barriers to external trade which our exporters have been dealing with for many years,” said McLean.
In addition to the barriers affecting external trade, McLean also pointed out the existing rolls of red tape surrounding the conduct of business in Guyana and pointed out that the private sector looks forward to having these dealt with as a priority.
He said “the high cost of doing business in Guyana also keeps the investors away. We’re referring here to astronomical energy charges, high Customs fees and long, undue delays to process import and export documents.”
The GMSA President also spotlighted the issue of lack of skilled labour in Guyana, noting that it is not a good sign for potential investors.
“The pool of vocational and advanced skills in Guyana is small indeed and that it requires huge inputs from both the government and the private sector to increase the availability of trained skills which would in turn enable Guyana to attract huge foreign investment,” he said.