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GY | Dec 4, 2020

Guyana to build out second city

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President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali.. (Photo: Department of Public Information)

The Dr Irfaan Ali-led government of Guyana has laid out an ambitious plan of building a second city in the South American country, which many believe is on the verge of bumper economic development because of recent oil discoveries.

Already, the Guyanese government is currently having discussions around those plans for the development of a second city.

Speaking at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) 25th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday (December 2), President Ali revealed his government’s plan for the second city for the CARICOM country.

The Guyanese president told his audience, “We have initiated discussions on having a new area, a secondary city developed. We are exploring this opportunity along the new four-lane highway because we are already seeing the pressure on the city itself.”

Coveted prizes on display at Wednesday’s 25th ceremony of Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) annual awards. (Photo: gmasgy.org)

Preparing for the expected development coming to Guyana

President Ali pointed to the need for development in Guyana noting that as development and expansion continues in the country, there will be the need for more occupation on the outskirts of the capital, Georgetown. He declared that Guyana must be prepared for this eventuality.

President Ali disclosed that his administration is now putting plans in place to ensure that such growth and development will be facilitated but was quick to point out that the idea for a second city in Guyana is not new, but was in the pipeline since he was Minister of Housing and Water some years ago.

He revealed that the government is looking at an area on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway, which will be connected to a new four-lane road. This development, President Ali argued, will act as a catalyst for future development.

President Ali speaking at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) 25th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday (December 2). (Photo: Facebook @DrIrfaanAli)

As it regards funding for these development projects, Ali explained that resources will come from a combination of public-private partnership noting that on a larger scale the infrastructure landscape will undergo drastic changes in the coming year.

According to the Guyanese President, the infrastructure landscape being contemplated “is linked directly to the opening up of new economic opportunities, to the opening up of new lands; creating new areas, and new growth polls. These are the things that would mark 2021 and beyond.”

Greater linkages with Suriname and neighbouring countries

Among the new opportunities are greater linkages between Guyana and Suriname as both CARICOM states recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a high-span bridge over the Corentyne River linking the two countries.

President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali.. (Photo: Department of Public Information)

Once constructed, the bridge will serve as a permanent physical link between the people of Guyana and Suriname but more importantly that link to the rest of the South American continent. 

This bridge on the Corentyne River is not only important to facilitate the movement of persons and goods, trade and cross border cooperation but also symbolises a transition from the old to a new era. 

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