Virgin Islands mission strengthens Guyana links

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Representatives from the Virgin Islands private sector joined leaders including Deputy Premier Lorna Smith, Junior Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Dr. Karl Dawson, and BVI Finance CEO Elise Donovan in traveling to Guyana this month to discuss greater collaboration in trade between the two jurisdictions.

Ms. Smith — who is also the minister of financial services, labour and trade — and Dr. Dawson headed a press conference on Tuesday about the “BVI Trade Mission to Guyana,” shedding light on possible development opportunities the government is considering.

High among the areas to explore are facilitating easier and more affordable shipping from Guyana, Ms. Smith said. She added that discussions with Guyana leaders including President Irfaan Ali, Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jugdeo, Prime Minister Mark Philips and others proved productive. She also noted how the country’s economy has exploded since its offshore oil production began to soar in recent years.

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