Guyana is expected to host a Regional Agriculture Investment Conference and Expo from May 19-21 this year that is intended to provide stimulating investments in the sector to transform the CARICOM agri -food system.
Several Heads of Government from the Caribbean and Central America have confirmed their participation in the Agri-Investment Forum and Expo.
This was confirmed during a meeting on Thursday between President Dr Irfaan Ali and Senior staff of the Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
The leaders are from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
Ministers responsible for agriculture from the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, St Vincent, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are also expected for the three-day event.
The opening ceremony is billed for next Thursday and will feature remarks from all of the visiting Heads of Government. President Ali in his capacity as Lead Head with responsibility for Agriculture in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet will deliver an address on the theme ‘Vision 25 by 2025’.
Aside from regional leaders and dignitaries, over 300 persons from across the region have registered to participate in the event inclusive of investors, proponents of bankable projects seeking financing, financing institutions as well as development agencies.
The event will feature a number of key investment-related activities inclusive of a Country-specific Investment Platform that will see investors presenting bankable projects for investment consideration in specific CARICOM Member States.
Additionally, there will be a Donor Roundtable Discussion where development financing agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors will focus on finding and supporting novel ideas and solutions within the context of the ‘25 by 2025 programme’.