From left: Acting Prime Minister Carl Greenidge; Mayor of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett; Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine; and British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn (Adrian Narine photo) GUYANA and the Scottish city of Aberdeen have embarked on a plan to increase economic ties between the two countries, starting with creating business relations. Lord Provost, Mayor of Aberdeen Barney Crockett, who is on a visit to Guyana, said there are a lot of advantages that will come from the partnership.
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“Aberdeen is the most internationalised of the oil-and-gas cities because more of our people work in other countries and people come to work in Aberdeen,” said Crockett during a cocktail reception which was held by British High Commissioner Greg Quinn in the mayor’s honour.
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Crockett said he hopes that the partnership will be centred on business, because Guyana has tremendous attributes, especially as a potential oil-and-gas nation. “We are going to have a great relationship beyond oil and gas…we also have a dynamic food production and tourism industry, so Guyana can learn a little on these things,” said the Mayor of Aberdeen.
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He said many countries have struggled after discovering oil, but Guyana has the ability to learn from others and achieve great success. Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, echoed Crockett’s, noting that the partnership will make room for job creation and help to enhance various aspects of the city. He said the main focus will be on solid-waste management, since it has been a growing concern for the municipality over the years.
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High Commissioner Quinn also pointed out that the relationship will help Guyana and Aberdeen to expand their economic, cultural and education links. “It will allow Aberdeen to pass on knowledge in the oil-and-gas industry…the two cities will work for the benefit of their people,” said Quinn.
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The relationship between Guyana and Aberdeen was established as a result of hard work over the past two years.
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A team from Guyana visited Aberdeen for the first time as part of a trade mission and Guyana also welcomed businesses from Aberdeen last year. “We made huge strides…Aberdeen is the oil capital of Europe…this is much good that Aberdeen will be able to help Guyana through things like the University of Guyana,” said the high commissioner.Jose Antonio Oliveros Febres-Cordero Venezuela Banco Activo