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Hon Lorna G. Smith meets Guyana’s Foreign Secretary for trade talks

A delegation from the [British] Virgin Islands is in Guyana to explore trade and investment. From left: Ms Petrona N. Davies, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Financial Services, Labour and Trade; Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade Hon Lorna G. Smith (AL), OBE; and Robert M. Persaud, Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guyana. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - A 17-member delegation from the Virgin Islands (VI) currently in Guyana to explore trade, investment, and enhanced cooperation with Guyana has already started engagement with top officials in Guyana.

This morning, July 31, 2023, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade Hon Lorna G. Smith (AL), OBE, along with Ms Petrona N. Davies, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Financial Services, Labour and Trade; and Dr Karl Dawson (R1), Junior Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries met with Foreign Secretary Robert M. Persaud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Persaud in the meeting outlined the government’s interest in facilitating investment and closer trade ties. He further updated the delegation on developments in the country and the vision of the President for the continued transformation of the country.

The Deputy Premier noted that Guyana and the VI can collaborate on a number of areas drawing on each other’s experience and potential.

The VI is home to a large Guyanese diaspora.

10 Responses to “Hon Lorna G. Smith meets Guyana’s Foreign Secretary for trade talks”

  • cnn (31/07/2023, 19:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    suddenly the territory seeks to embrace the other caribbean islands because the UK have returned
  • Disinterested (31/07/2023, 19:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this a one way deal with Guyana sending agricultural products, precious metals, timber, human capital, etc to the BVI. What does the BVI have to trade? Well, Guyana needs FDI so VI residents could invest in Guyana. Everyone is excited about Guyana’s oil find. Will Guyana be able to provide cheaper oil to the BVI? Probably not. Guyana has oil but it is not controlling the production; the production is outsourced to Big oil. We will see happen as a result of trip.
    • Truth (02/08/2023, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Disinterested you make some good points but believe me any Foreign Direct Investment Guyana needs the US and China are more than willing to provide on a scale the BVI could not imagine.
  • Struppes (31/07/2023, 21:34) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nothing will come out of this vacation. Tired of the photo ops and whoever think them can talk talk talk.
  • VIP all the way (31/07/2023, 22:20) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    She seems to be working hard for us
  • Hrmph (01/08/2023, 02:15) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Guyana is going places - soon it be BVIslanders that be waiting as servants in Guyanese households
  • What ?? (01/08/2023, 04:22) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    17 member delegation...?????
    why ?
    waste of money..just need to send 3 heads if department
    bvi just like all the other countries...ignored guyana for decades, treated their people in the bvi like dirt, but now theres money around in guyana, we all over them.
    such hypocrits

    • make change (03/08/2023, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      but guyana aint sending their best up here. she maybe went to find out why guyanese people does kiss *ss so much
  • lol (01/08/2023, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    What does BVI have that Guyana needs?
  • Stealth (03/08/2023, 06:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What products are the BVI bringing to the table and what comparative advantage? It seems like Guyana has all the comparative advantages in human capital, timber, precious metals, agro products. The BVI is a consumer, not a producer.

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