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GCCI excited to see Guyana benefit from first World Trade Center

The 16-acre site that once housed the Twin Towers is now home to a Sept. 11 memorial and museum, a transportation hub, a mall and three office buildings, including One World Trade Center. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

GCCI President Timothy Tucker is eager to see Guyana reap the benefits of having the first World Trade Center in the Caribbean.

The first World Trade Centre to be established in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be brought to Guyana by local company Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).

Timothy Tucker, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) says the World Trade Center will bring great benefits to Guyana.

“The world trade center I known all over the world for its networking and its ability to bridge gaps, clear hurdles and provide a clear level of business communication. We look forward to the world trade center coming. It’s done in collaboration with DDL and we look to have a good working relationship with them going forward.”

He further stated that Guyana is fully prepared and ready to host an organisation of this magnitude and importance.

“Organisations such as the GCCI and the Private Sector Commission have done a lot of the work similar to what the World Trade Center does; but not with the networking ability of an organisation of that size. We are familiar with the work that has to be done.”

DDL Executive Chairman Komal Samaroo led a team last year that held wide ranging discussions with James Perry, General Counsel and Clark Lackert, Deputy General Counsel at the WTCA head office in New York City.

These discussions encapsulated issues related to trademarks, geographic indication, market access, branding, global trade and investment policy and strategies for advancing the interest of small enterprises to ensure their sustainability.

The Center was initially expected to be opened in February 2023 at a seven-floor building on High Street, Kingston.

Much of the discussion focused on the programs which the World Trade Center in Guyana will initiate and its collaboration with the more than 300 centers in more than 100 countries to promote prosperity through trade.


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