First ever trade and investment exposition to be held next year

Budget speech talks up Small Business Bureau, Go-Invest…

The roles of the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) and the Small Business Bureau (SBB), two state agencies that have previously come under critical performance-related scrutiny have been highlighted in Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s 2018 budget presentation for their respective roles in investment facilitation and enabling the growth of small and micro enterprises.

In his marathon budget speech on Monday, Jordan said that the Bureau had directly supported more than 1100 budding entrepreneurs for this year, so far, whilst more than 168 young persons had benefitted from business grants as part of the Youth Biz 592 project as well as a pilot in-school entrepreneurship project. Then turning to Go-Invest the Finance Minister said that the state-run investment promotion agency had facilitated “almost $23 billion in investments”  which he said will “create over 970 jobs across various sectors, including services, agriculture and energy,” though he declined to provide a time-frame for the creation of the projected jobs.

And according to Jordan the investment promotion agency anticipates $154 billion in investments in 2018 that will create around 5,725 jobs. At the same time he announced that next year, Go-Invest will be hosting the first ever Guyana Trade and Investment Exposition “aimed at promoting collaboration between private sector actors towards knowledge-sharing and creating business partnerships.”….


Lethem agri centre allocated $265m in budget

Against the backdrop of what it says is its focus of creating further opportunities for the development of hinterland agriculture, government has disclosed in its 2018 budget an intention to allocate some $265 million to the design and construction of an agricultural centre and reservoir at Lethem and the upgrading of the existing agricultural research station at Ebini.

Social Protection Ministry must share blame for impasse at BCGI over refund of overtime taxes – Lewis

Fresh obstacles that threaten to block an official decision that taxes deducted from payments made to Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc.

Designer Carol Fraser says Chinese can play significant role in developing local fashion industry

Even as the proliferation of Chinese stores in downtown Georgetown continues to serve as evidence of the country’s increasing prominence as the most visible trading presence in the hemisphere, Guyanese fashion designer Carol Fraser has told Stabroek Business that the local fashion industry can do much worse than look to China to accelerate the growth of the sector in Guyana.

Beautician Leisa Gibson marketing locally made hair, scalp conditioner

Leisa Gibson is acutely aware of the likelihood that in a society where a   preoccupation with hair is now the focal point of women’s fashion, her involvement in the sector, as a hairdresser for the past fifteen years and more recently as the manufacturer of natural hair and body products, may well be positioning  her for entrepreneurial success.

Na-Mar’s virtual shop aims at offering the best of both worlds

These days, Guyanese are no strangers to technology-assisted shopping…on line shopping is the appropriate term.

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