Residents of North Sophia engaged several government ministers on Friday, to strategise for the further development of the Greater Georgetown community.
The meeting was a follow-up to an earlier consultation held with residents at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, with Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, in June.
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond, and Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy, spearheaded the meeting.
Minister McCoy registered the point that a collaborative effort is needed for the community to develop.
“All of these things are part of our role as communities, if we want to be able to build wholesome communities. I challenge you to get down to the task, and let’s all work towards this community, as we work towards improving Guyana in general,” he highlighted.
Minister Walrond said her ministry is open to providing business opportunities for the youth in the community.
She explained, “My heart’s desire is for the young people, and for a lot of you to be able to own your own business…so you can learn how to bid…There will be many business opportunities…so those are the kind of things we’ll be looking at.”
Minister Dharamlall, on the other hand, reminded the residents of the Vice President’s commitment to upgrade the community’s centre ground for sporting and recreational activities.
“So, he has committed that we are gonna work with the community to do what has to be done…,” he said.
The meeting is part of wider community consultations cabinet has been engaging in across the country.
Residents at the community meeting