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Guyana At A Glance
Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and became a Republic on February 23, 1970 under the leadership of Prime Minister Forbes BURNHAM. In 1985, Desmond HOYTE assumed the presidency of Guyana following Burnham's death. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president and after his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president. She resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Early elections held in May 2015 resulted in the replacement of President Donald RAMOTAR by President David GRANGER.
To be the preferred Guyanese American business organization for the protection and promotion of the interests of Guyanese American owned enterprises in the Diaspora, those in Guyana with interests and ties to the United States of America as well as US companies doing business with Guyana and Guyanese in the Diaspora.
Why join the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce?
Chambers of Commerce are essential to the sustained growth and viability of any business enterprise. Your Chamber facilitates introductions through networking. It is a channel for reaching new potential partners and customers. Your Chamber helps you keep abreast of new developments that can impact your business through research and the timely sharing of information. Think of it as one-stop shopping for contacts, commerce and community. There is simply no other organization that brings together the leaders and shapers in business, politics, education, the arts and any of the other myriad dimensions that make a business community successful.
Any professional, association, firm, corporation, partnership, trust, or student having an interest in the mission of this organization, shall be eligible to apply for membership.
Among the benefits of membership are:
- Advocacy on behalf of your company no matter how small or big an entity
-Educating our members so that you are current on the rules and regulations that govern your operations
-Networking events to provide opportunities for expanded customer base and business to business partnerships
-Promotion of your brand internationally
-Service to you as a Resource Hub
Ambassador Bayney Karran @ The Launch of the Chamber Feb. 2016
Mr. President, there is much scope for mutual support and collaboration between the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce and businesses in Guyana through the relevant government agencies.
Your organization would be expected to protect the interests of Guyanese American owned businesses in the United States as well as Guyanese companies that do business here. It is hoped that you can provide timely and relevant information to them.
You would also be making a valuable contribution by networking support for businesses from these two countries.
Governments rely on stakeholders like yourselves to make suitable recommendations for their legislative agendas. You should not hesitate to do so.
For your associates that are gathered here this evening I am certain that the Chamber will lobby effectively for your interests and protect your rights. It must be acknowledged, however, that the Chamber would be unable to uphold sharp practices or to protect entities who are not compliant with applicable laws and regulations. I would urge member companies to take advantage of the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce as a dependable collaborator and ally.
On that note I am pleased to hereby formally launch the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce and I ask you to join me in a toast to the success of the GACC.
In The Spotlight
The Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) has since it's inception, initiated a number of activities designed to enhance the profitability of its members. Many of these initiatives, undertaken in conjunction with our partners have gained the attention of the media both in the United States and the Caribbean region.