UN Representative urges private sector to align interests with development goals

Mikiko Tanaka

While oil will generate revenue and key foreign investor interest, modernised agriculture, responsible mining and quality construction for key sectors will be the real drivers of Guyana’s development, according to United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka, who has called on the private sector to consider aligning their business interests with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a speech to the Consultative Association of Guyanese Indus-try on November 15th, Tanaka observed that oil has put Guyana on the world map and the country is attracting more foreign companies.

Oil will bring in revenues and attract foreign investors to create a few thousand jobs, she said, before adding that “the real engine for Guyana’s green and human development” will come from a modernised agriculture with value chains that can also supply nutritious food to the people, environmentally and socially responsible mining, quality construction for infrastructure development, tourism and other services…..

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