Operationalise 2019 air services agreement – Guyana’s Public Works Minister tells Ghanaian delegation

Minister for Public Works in Guyana, Bishop Juan Edghill, has called on a Ghanaian delegation led by the Minister for Trade and Industry, K.T. Hammond to as a matter of priority, take the necessary steps to operationalize the air services agreement signed between Ghana and Guyana in 2019.

Addressing the Ghanaian delegation and attendees of a ceremony to officially commission the Ghana Chamber of Commerce in Georgetown, Guyana on Monday (22 May), Bishop Edghill indicated that with the formal opening of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce in Guyana, bilateral relations between Guyana and Ghana have been strengthened, paving way for the full implementation of the four-year-old air services agreement.

“We signed an air services agreement with Ghana and it’s now up to the private sector, both here and in Ghana, to operationalize an airline in keeping with those terms and conditions and freedoms,” the public works minister who is also responsibility for aviation said.

Bishop Juan Edghill, Minister for Public Works in Guyana, interacting with some members of the Ghanaian delegation at the ceremony
Strategic chamber
Touching on the Ghana Chamber of Commerce which has been opened in Georgetown, Guyana, Bishop Juan Edghill, noted that the chamber will allow the two countries to connect businesses and attract investments, which will drive economic growth in Ghana and Guyana.

He added that the chamber being the first of its kind to be established in the Caribbean, he is confident that Guyana and Ghana will work together in many areas, including oil and gas, tourism, agriculture, education, sports, and health in order to foster rapid economic development and to better the lot of their two peoples.

New trade relations
Minister for Trade and Industry, K.T. Hammond, in his remarks, observed that the establishment of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce in Guyana has ushered the two countries into a new level of trade relations which will see Ghana and Guyana selling their locally manufactured products in their respective countries.

He added that with a firm base in Guyana, businessmen and women from Ghana and Guyana can now sit, plan and focus on key areas of trade and investment interests in order to shore-up trade volumes between the two countries.

K.T. Hammond, Minister for Trade and Industry, addressing participants of the commissioning ceremony
“This is commerce, this is trade, we are talking about industrialisation, we are talking about the development of our respective countries. But you cannot produce, industrialize, and keep all the products produced in your country.

“That is why I believe Ghana and Guyana have taken the right step through the opening of this chamber and the commitment to strengthen our bi-lateral relations,” Trade and Industry Minister, K.T. Hammond said.


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