700 small businesses to receive grants next year

Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister Oneidge Walrond has announced that some 700 small businesses are set to benefit from grants to enhance their capacity in the coming year.

Tourism, Industry
and Commerce
Minister Oneidge Walrond

She made the announcement on Tuesday during the launch of the Who’s Who in Guyana magazine at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Bel Air Gardens, Georgetown.
“Since returning to office, Government has already assisted 700 small businesses with grants to enhance capacity. I am pleased to say that an equal and possibly higher number will benefit in 2022. We will continue to offer training and support to our small businesses, so that their capacity to undertake larger projects is enhanced,” the Minister relayed.
She said Government is proactively working to improve the ease of doing business by reforming policies.
“These policies include funding of major infrastructural works, regulatory reform, and investing in human capacity,” she said.
With respect to regulatory reforms, the Minister said Government continues to enhance systems and processes to align with modern global expectations of the business environment. To this end, she said single windows for trade and construction permit remain key priorities of the Government as it seeks to significantly reduce the time and cost of doing business.
The Minister commended the production of the Who’s Who in Guyana magazine, noting that it gives valuable information to the international community about local businesses, and encourages investment, which she noted is something the Government is seeking for the agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and financial sectors, and other services for a truly diversified economy.
“The fact that the Who’s Who publication covers all these sectors, and indeed many more, is testimony to the breadth of opportunity that awaits the serious investor here in Guyana,” the Minister said. “You will notice that I do not differentiate between foreign and local investment, for we believe that there is no sustainable development without deep and meaningful participation in the economy by local businesses.”
She expressed her desire to see local businesses become globally competitive, and said the Government stands ready to work with anyone committed to Guyana’s sustainable development.