In light of a shortage, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has promised to donate 10 breathalysers to the Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force.
The chamber has already begun the sourcing of the breathalysers, and the initiative is one of several good gestures of the chamber for 2014.
Also on the agenda is the ongoing research on Intellectual Property Laws and Human Capital Development seminars. GCCI has long called on policy-makers to update the nation’s Intellectual Property Law, noting that the current laws are not adequately updated to protect 21st century businesses that depend on these products.
In 2013, GCCI undoubtedly penetrated several sectors within the country from education to politics, making invaluable contributions to national and international discourses.
In January 2013, the chamber hosted a leadership seminar at the Pegasus Hotel, sensitising the business community on real and practical experiences of leadership that have helped to transform businesses.
GCCI had also collaborated with the Tourism Ministry and the Small Business Bureau to facilitate a ‘Small Business Empowerment Seminar’ last April. Targeting micro, small and medium enterprises, through the seminar businessmen and women were equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills needed to propel growth and development; in particular expansion and the generation of employment. These are just two of the 11 seminars hosted by the chamber in 2013.
Additionally, GCCI launched its fourth edition of the Business Guyana Magazine in May, its Competitiveness Manifesto in June and by September, the second edition of the Business Directory Magazine (2013/2014).
By November 2012, it had joined hands with the United Nations Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) to launch a Youth Job Bank. The job bank now serves as a resource for GCCI members and other employers when in need of semi-skilled labour.
In the realm of politics, GCCI’s executive members met with the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) on critical issues. The delayed Local Government Elections, national security, the Amelia Falls Hydropower Project, political stalemate in the National Assembly, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Bill and the controversial USAID Leadership Programme are among issued placed on the table when the chamber met with the politicians.
This trend is expected to continue even with Clinton Urling stepping down as his term comes to an end. Urling was the youngest President in the history of GCCI to serve. In addition to serving two terms at GCCI, he is also the Vice President of the Private Sector Commission and General Manager and co-owner of German’s Restaurant. Come Thursday, a 21-member council which was recently composed, will elect a new President for the chamber, along with four other executive members.