UK Business Mission to Guyana – Winter 2023

5 December 2023

Last week, the Caribbean Council led another successful UK Business Mission to Guyana, the third in the last 18 months.  

A delegation of 12 company representatives, received a warm welcome and had the privilege of hearing from leaders in the private sector and Government regarding plans to enhance the already strong and dynamic Guyanese economy.  We are thrilled to announce that the trade relationship between the UK and Guyana has reached a new peak, with a record-breaking £1.6 billion in transactions for 2022. 

Our Business Mission to Guyana has seen 50% or more of delegate companies signing contracts for new business.  

This third visit continues to highlight the enduring relationship between the UK and Guyana as well as the strong focus on supporting UK trade and investment links. This bilateral connection has grown considerably in the last two years since the pandemic and extends over twenty years.  

Senior Minister with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh remarked, his government’s open-door policy for such missions which are critical to ensuring knowledge sharing, job creation and even technology transfer to locals.

Discussions focused on areas such as Guyana’s infrastructure opportunities, increased collaboration with UK companies, UK expertise ranging from airport expansion to road upgrades, UK market for Guyanese exporters, visa-free access to the market as well as the Guyanese market to UK suppliers, and a wealth of business prospects in both the private and public sectors in energy, renewables, oil and gas sectors and agriculture. 

The Caribbean Council would like to thank our delegation companies; Sangfroid GroupPrice ForbesEnviro Technology Services Ltd Part of the Cura Terrae groupInnovo GroupDints InternationalInvest Northern Ireland, and Contracta Construction UK Ltd.

We would like to extend a thank you to our ministers and guests for joining us at the closing reception. 

  • Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Agriculture 
  • Vickram Barrahat, Minister of Natural Resources 
  • Dr. Ashni Singh, Minister of Finance 
  • Walrond Oneige, Minister of Tourism 
  • Robert Persaud, Foreign Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs

We would also like to thank our partners for their ongoing support in assisting us to organise another productive mission; the Department for Business and TradeGeorgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry and British Chamber of Commerce Guyana (BritCham Guyana)

Guyana is always full of warmth, collaboration, and hospitality, demonstrating it is ‘Open for Business’. 

Thank you to all our delegates and partners for a successful mission.

For more information about our events, trade missions or memberships, please contact – Maria Tereza

Photos from Business Mission

The mission events included various presentations, press conference, a city tour of Georgetown, a High Commissioner Reception Dinner, meetings with Ministers in key sectors, one-to-one business meetings, a visit to Palm Court with members from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, visit to Shorebase GYBSI and Guysons, and a Demerara River Tour.

Press Coverage from the Mission

Caribbean Council hails visa free travel and direct flights for improving business relations between Guyana and the UK. READ MORE.

The Managing Director of London based, Caribbean Council, Chris Bennett believes “immense” progress has been made in reducing barriers – READ MORE

50% of UK companies on trade missions have made at least one concrete deal in Guyana – Dr. Singh. READ MORE.

UK business mission to Guyana seeks expansive investment opportunities. READ MORE.

UK-Guyana trade hits record £1.6 Billion, sparking new British investment drive. READ MORE.

NEWS Source: Guyana and UK Relations Seeing Major Benefits. “It has never been better value to buy British!” READ MORE.