Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) has achieved ISO 9001 certification.
In presenting a replica of the certificate to GO-Invest Chief Executive Officer, Dr Peter Ramsaroop at the Office of the President today, President Irfaan Ali said GO-Invest acquiring the ISO certification is a demonstration of Government’s commitment to provide services of the highest standards.
“It demonstrates that we are committed to delivering world class service in a world class environment with world class standards, world class guidelines and subjecting ourselves to world class audits because to maintain the certification, the ISO certification, it requires that the organisation and everything we do within the organisation operate at all times at a high level,” President Ali said.
President Ali said since taking office in 2020, the Administration has committed itself to building a governance system that is nimble, efficient, reliable, and one that responds to the needs of people.
“For a government system to be nimble, it has to be both, rigid in regulation but flexible in the environment in which it operates. To achieve both of this, it is import that a set of standards that are internationally recognized form the basis on which we operate as a government,” the Head of State explained.
The President said GO-Invest is leading by example, especially for the Private Sector.
“Investment is pivotal in increasing economic production, to the provision of services and the generation of employment. It is a fuel for driving economic growth. If investment dries up, then economic growth will not strive,” he explained.
He said the Government will continue to create an environment that that is conducive for investment. Mr. Ali said this is necessary to foster growth and development.
According to him, GO-invest, over the last two years, has enabled such an environment by bringing investors in to analyse opportunities here.
“There has been a great integration of the relationship between GO-Invest, the Ministry of Finance, the Guyana Revenue Authority, and the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce. It is this collective effort in advancing Government’s policy of creating an enabling environment for private sector investment, for capital formation, that has caused tremendous impetuous and energy in investment portfolio of our country,” he explained.
The President called on investors to come to Guyana to invest in the country’s development, pointing out that the Government is looking to construct a new bridge across the Berbice River and a 30,000 Barrel Refinery. He reminded too that soon, the remaining oil blocks will be auctioned.
Minister of Finance, Dr Ashni Singh and Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond were among the other government officials present at the brief ceremony.