Good News to Ramp up the T+T/Guyana Business Bond

While Shaun Rampersad would have been obviously delighted at the news that his company, Ramp logistics of Trinidad and Tobago was successful in its recent application to have a Guyanese Cheif Justice Roxanne George rule in its favor on an critical trade regulation. issue there, the regional business fraternity is overwhelmed with relief for a number of reasons such as:

  • The spirit of the regional sector has been boosted by a local judge standing up for  regional entrepreneurs who have placing all their investment here at great risk and who are now due for their just reward;
  • The move by Ramps to respectfully appeal without an adversarial attitude, speaks volumes for the future relationships of businessmen with their various CARICOM government as they vie for lucrative contracts against key world players in the future;
  • In what now promises to be a level playing field, any number can play and locals have as good a chance as foreigners in future bid opportunities, and
  • It bodes well for the utilization of local content and employment of nationals on various new projects.

Ramps Logistics Guyana will receive its Local Content Certificate on Monday, November 14 after Guyana’s Chief Justice Roxane George ruled in favour of the company.

Ramps had sought judicial review after the company was denied a local content certificate by the Local Secretariat in June.

The company argued that Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Local Content Secretariat unlawfully refused to grant them the certificate and misconducted themselves in the process.

In the ruling, the Chief Justice upheld their argument as she stated that neither the Minister nor the Secretariat had authority under the local content act to refuse the application.

The Chief Justice stated the defendants also failed to present a sufficient argument to justify the denial of the certificate in the matter.

The Ramps “victory”, is of special significance against a recent official visit by Guyana President Eerfan Ali to Trinidad and Tobago where he signed a  number of trade and business agreements.

Here’s what  Shaun Rampersad had to say on this:

“I feel that President Ali’s vision for Guyana is a wonderful vision and I feel that he can make Guyana one of the most beautiful places in the next few given its oil wealth for Guyana and we want to be a part of that. And we are committed to working with the government to help them achieve their vision for Guyana.”

The hope for strengthening the bonds between these two CARICOM giants was boosted when, on Friday, the mayors of Port of Spain and Georgetown, Guyana, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a sister-city relationship.

The signing took place at City Hall and Georgetown was added to Port of Spain’s sorority of sister cities – the second in two weeks.

Martinez said the MOU with Georgetown had been in the making since 2019. Both cities possess similar cultures and goals, he explained, and the MOU will benefit citizens of both cities in areas including: health, education, trade, tourism and culture.

Both mayors met on October 21 at a mayor’s forum in Argentina. Martinez said, “We joined four other Caribbean cities in signing an agreement to collaborate on a plan for elevating our population’s quality of life. “

He pledged Port of Spain’s continued support to the building of bilateral ties with Guyana.

Georgetown’s mayor, Pandit Ubraj Narine agreed that Port of Spain and Guyana shared many commonalities. He believed that the signing of the MOU could bring both cities closer in a working relationship.

“Guyana now has an oil and gas sector. We need the specialists and the specialists are right here in TT. I believe this MOU will bring that oneness between the cities and the countries by extension.”

“In Argentina, it was the mayor of Port of Spain’s idea to work together to form a community of Caribbean cities and we signed an agreement.”

“Ideas are good, yes, but action is necessary. Let this MOU that we sign today do not be an instrument of just words and talks, let us put it in action,” Narine said.

Such developments will warm the hearts of the two people of these Caribbean nations which have always found themselves  giving one another support in their various ventures.

When President Forbes Burnham was taking Guyana along a socialist role, much to the anger of the USA, it was TT Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams who stood by their side with other CARICOM colleagues leaders.

And in an international dispute which is still being adjudicated today, it was an intervention by Trinidad and Tobago that staved off the acquisition of the massive, mineral rich Rupununi Savannah  by Venezuela. 

In culture, sport and trade, T+T and Guyana have tied many tight bonds on and off the playing field- as in the way the world remembers how, as if observing his partner Brian Lara in a fit of doubt on the cricket pitch in Antigua, Guyanese Shiv Chanderpaul walked  up the pitch to reassure his counterpart that he could do this this thing, which he did.

On Friday, the mayors of Port of Spain and Georgetown, Guyana, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a sister-city relationship.

The signing took place at City Hall and Georgetown was added to Port of Spain’s sorority of sister cities – the second in two weeks.

Martinez said the MOU with Georgetown had been in the making since 2019. Both cities possess similar cultures and goals, he explained, and the MOU will benefit citizens of both cities in areas including: health, education, trade, tourism and culture.

Both mayors met on October 21 at a mayor’s forum in Argentina. Martinez said, “We joined four other Caribbean cities in signing an agreement to collaborate on a plan for elevating our population’s quality of life. “

He pledged Port of Spain’s continued support to the building of bilateral ties with Guyana.

Georgetown’s mayor, Pandit Ubraj Narine agreed that Port of Spain and Guyana shared many commonalities. He believed that the signing of the MOU could bring both cities closer in a working relationship.

“Guyana now has an oil and gas sector. We need the specialists and the specialists are right here in TT. I believe this MOU will bring that oneness between the cities and the countries by extension.”

“Ideas are good, yes, but action is necessary. Let this MOU that we sign today do not be an instrument of just words and talks, let us put it in action,” Narine said.

This was the event when Trinidadian batting star Brian Lara broke the record of fellow West Indian Gary Sobers to grab the  record as holder of the  world’s  highest score. It’s a record he still has today like the  friendship which he still appears to continue today between Lara and Chanderpaul.

Such are the exciting stories which hold the people of these two  close-knit nations together.

Against this background, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana – like Ramp Logistics and numerous other business players – seem set to go places in this new world of  opportunity in the Caribbean.

Guyana Carnival with TT input

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