Covering a 122 kilometers of road stretch that increases trade and business, movement of good and services and hasten transport especially between Guyana and Brazil with asphalt, became closer to reality on Saturday morning.
In Linden on Saturday morning, Ministers of Public Works Juan Edghill and Deodat Indar along with British High Commissioner of Guyana Jane Miller were among dignitaries who participated in a sod turning and plaque unveiling.
Suresh Ramkissoon, Guyana Delegate of the Global Chamber of Business Leaders who was also present at the event lauded the initiative.
Ramkissoon is also a key player in Guyana who is based in Lethem and facilitates trade and business networking between Guyana and Brazil.
“Today I witness the singing of the contract to asphalt 122 kms of road from the town Linden to Mabura that will take us 122kms closer to Brazil” Ramkisson noted.
Last year, the GCBL brought a team to Guyana which met with several government agency heads. Prior to that, a team from Brazil also travelled to Guyana where investments opportunities were examined.
Coming out of both engagements, the issue if transportation and the timely and cost effective movement of good and services was key on the agenda.
“This [road paving] is a historic moment for us and for Brazil. This will integrate the two countries and bring development in the Amazonion region. The Northern part of Brazil will gain easier assess to the sea port of Georgetown Guyana to export grains and industrial products and to import raw material, fertilizers etc” stated Ramkissoon.
With this development, it is expected that Northern Brazil will be able to access new markets for their products, not just to Guyana but also to the Caribbean with a combined population of approximately 18,000,000.
“Guyana and the Caribbean as a whole can access goods and services from Brazil with much more ease.
All of the sectors will boom, Tourism, Agriculture, Consteuction, Commerce, Energy, Industries and many more.” The GCBL rep noted.
With Guyana being the bridge between South America and the Caribbean, good cooperation and collaboration would see the entire region benefiting.