World Trade Centers Georgetown and Miami Sign MOU

MIAMI –The World Trade Centers in Georgetown Guyana, and Miami Florida on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which paves the way for advancing the interests of small and medium size enterprises to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities, including participation by Guyanese enterprises in the annual international Food and Beverage Show of the Americas, to be held later this year in Miami.

At a simple signing ceremony at WTC’s Miami office where the MOU was inked by president and chief executive officer of WTC Miami, Ivan Barrios and WTC Georgetown executive director Wesley Kirton, the two organizations outlined the scope of their intended collaboration to include market intelligence and research; support for business to business networking; trade policy information sharing; development of strategies for mutual market access for products and services; training and capacity building; and the exchange of trade and investment missions.

World Trade Centers Georgetown and Miami Sign MOU - President and Chief Executive Officer of WTC Miami, Ivan Barrios and WTC Georgetown Executive Director, Wesley Kirton
WTC’s Miami office where the MoU was inked by President and Chief Executive Officer of WTC Miami, Ivan Barrios (R) and WTC Georgetown Executive Director, Wesley Kirton (center).

In delivering virtual remarks, Chairman of Demerara Distillers Ltd., Komal Samaroo, who is also chairman of WTC Georgetown, said the World Trade Center in Guyana has a “critical” role to play in promoting trade with Guyanese businesses and the rest of the world.

“So I believe our two world trade centers working together can further enhance and increase the level of trade that takes place now between Guyana and the US and particularly at this time as countries look more at their food security, supply chain, on shoring, nearing shoring and all these adjustments that are taking place,” Samaroo said.

He added that the Food and Beverage Show of the Americas is of particular interest to Guyana as several legitimate small and medium size food producers seek overseas markets.

Food and Beverage Show of the Americas

Miami’s WTC chief executive Ivan Barrios announced that resulting from the MOU, a group of small Guyanese food producers who might not be ready to exhibit could participate in this year’s show free of cost thereby benefitting from the networking opportunities as well as meetings and the conference component of the event. These producers will have to satisfy certain conditions including recommendation by WTC Georgetown.

Barrios also advised that there will be a kitchen at the show to facilitate how products are used to prepare various dishes and that Guyana is welcome to have a chef participate to demonstrate how specific Guyanese dishes are prepared.

Vice President of World Trade Center, Miami, Alicia Ancona welcomed Guyana’s participation in the event, whether its Guyanese businesses exhibiting their products or just visiting to network.

“That’s something that we work with countries that have not yet been at the show. We encourage them to visit. We meet with them beforehand; we do tours beforehand… to have the opportunity to meet with potential partners as they explore either entering the US market or exporting globally,” Ancona said.

In thanking WTC Miami for working with WTC Georgetown on the MOU and its eventual signing, executive director Wesley Kirton described the MOU as “providing a platform for mutually beneficial strategic initiatives which can benefit micro, small and medium size enterprises. We must ensure we maximize the potential of this new relationship.”

WTC Georgetown will arrange an outreach to food and beverage manufacturers in Guyana to further sensitize them about the Food and Beverage Show and Conference of the Americas which will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, September 16-18. This event will attract more than 600 exhibitors and buyers from over 50 countries.