Efficient Govt service integral to manufacturing sector’s growth – Boyer

first_imgChairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Eddie Boyer, said in order for the manufacturing sector to grow at the rate it should, greater efficiency in the delivery of Government services would be a major contributing factor.He made the statement at the Annual General Meeting of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) on Wednesday. Boyer noted that the PSC and the GMSA have been working closely for the development of the sector.He explained, in response to the ban on catfish export to the United States, that the GMSA in collaboration with the University of Hawaii embarked on two training sessions to have stakeholders examine the requirements of the US Food Safety Modernisation Act. Boyer called on the GMSA to ensure that they maintain and further develop small manufacturing businesses along with the agricultural sector, despite the focus being on the booming oil and gas sector.“Labour is becoming more costly and if manufacturing is going to survive and grow there are numerous things that Government should address.Among these are how do we get more efficient… some manufacturers are not paying [Value Added Tax] VAT and other taxes and this is making competition very unfair… there is a need for cheaper and reliable energy… even and fair taxation policy is needed,” Boyer noted.Meanwhile, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said for the economy to diversify, the members of the GMSA should be more innovative in relation to the techniques and technology they apply in their production processes. He notes this is to ensure the sustainability of the raw materials, even as they seek to lower productions costs.“It is the Government’s vision that the value or benefits derived from the oil and gas sector will be used to propel the other sectors in particular agriculture; will be used to propel our public infrastructure programme so people could travel from East to West, North to South; will be used to propel our education system so we can produce an educated population where people will be able to take up jobs in the commanding heights in the oil and gas industry,” Harmon said.“We recognise that energy is important. We believe that the availability of cheap reliable energy supply is crucial to sustaining and improving our manufacturing capacity. The development of the energy landscape is inextricable linked to stable, reliable and affordable power supply in an environmentally sustainable manner,” he added.Additionally, GMSA President Shyam Nokta told the AGM that US oil giant ExxonMobil has committed its support for the Association’s ‘Uncapped’ intitative.last_img read more

Visit ASEAN50 Golden Celebration campaign promoted at ITB Berlin 2017

first_imgThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand by the founding fathers of the original ASEAN countries; namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The nations of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam have since joined this regional grouping.This year in 2017, ASEAN will reach its 50th Anniversary since formation. In celebration of this remarkable milestone, the ten ASEAN national tourism organisations have jointly developed a tourism programme under the campaign theme ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ with the objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embracing ASEAN as a single and united tourism destination.‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ will highlight ASEAN’s best 50 festivals and 50 most unforgettable travel experiences, whereby visitors will enjoy a wide range of ASEAN tourism products through diverse destinations, culinary, events and engagements with local communities. Special offers and travel promotions in affiliated with partners will be rolled out for travellers to enjoy the richness of cultural, heritage, nature and to feel the warmth of ASEAN hospitality, at the value deal.Targeting major regional and long-haul source markets such as China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, UK, Germany, Russia, the UAE, USA and Canada, ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ hopes to achieve 121 million international visitor arrivals to the region by the end of 2017; increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion; and extend tourist visitations’ average length of stay to 6-7 days and to more than two ASEAN countries.‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ promotion campaign was presided over by ASEAN Tourism Ministers and leaders at ITB Berlin 2017 on March 9, 2017 at the Philippines pavilion. As part of the promotion campaign activity, ASEAN has organised cultural shows on March 11-12, 2017 in rotation at Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand pavilions.last_img read more