Businesswomen in District #15, Montserrado County, have pledged their support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the 2017 general and presidential elections.They made their pledge recently in Caldwell at a town hall meeting, where they gathered to discuss economic and other national issues that affect their businesses.“We the businesswomen in Caldwell assure Veep Boakai of our support for the 2017 presidential race. You can count on us,” they indicated.Spokesperson Madam Haja Gray believes that “if the VP is elected as President, he will help them become self-sufficient, productive and efficient in catering to their families.”Madam Gray sells slippers, shoes and dry goods in Caldwell Market.According to her, there are lots of things the UP government has done for them, especially at the grassroots level in the business sector and as such, citizens of the country must elect VP Boakai to continue the legacy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Madam Gray said: “We are willing to support him to the fullest.”After pledging their support, Madam Gray vowed that they are ready when given the necessary support to help tackle unemployment as well as stabilize the economy.She further stated that the businesswomen can turn the country’s economic turmoil around if given the needed push from government which she said would enable them to contribute their quota to stabilize the country’s currency.“We are not against foreign competition, but we want support to be able to compete with foreign businesses,” she added.Also speaking, head of Thumbs-Up Women Business Association, Ruth Parker, urged the businesswomen to make more efforts to grow their businesses.Parker noted that developing a strong, coherent, transparent and supportive policy on entrepreneurship needs a comprehensive consultative exercise on the topic.“The opportunity for our businesses to succeed and grow supports our future potential for increased employment, growth and prosperity,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Members of the head table at the launch of the 17th Annual Pakaraima SafariThe 17th Annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari is expected to kick off on April 13 as close to 100 persons including tourists from Korea and North American countries seek to explore the scenic beauty of Guyana’s mountainous regions.The safari is organised by the Pakaraima Safari Club and Rainforest Tours in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the Administrations of Regions Eight and Nine and the Communities Ministry.It will run for eight days and will see explorers seeing the sights of 14 indigenous villages throughout Regions Four, Eight, Nine and 10 mainly Karasabai, Tiperu, Rukumoto, Morabaiko, Yurong Paru, Monkey Mountain, Tuseneung, Paramakatoi, Kato, Kurukabaru, Itabac and Orinduik.Some 20 4X4 vehicles along with 13 motorcycles of voyagers will then visit the Orinduik, Cheong and Lehilibar Waterfalls before continuing their journey to Lethem where participants will experience the Rupununi Rodeo.According to Assistant Safari Coordinator Lisa Smith, three such safaris are hosted annually, however, the North Pakaraima Safari is the biggest of them all.“It is once again an exciting time for Rainforest Tours as we seek to promote adventure nature tourism through an event such as this. This safari is our biggest safari for the year and the overlying journey has created a special impact in the lives of many safarians who continue to participate yearly with family and friends. This year’s event seeks to promote adventure, nature and domestic tourism in Guyana providing substantial economic benefits to the local community and residents, creating community awareness understanding and support for tourism development and to conserve and protect the natural environment as well as assuring respect to customs, tradition and cultural heritage of the local people” Smith highlighted.GTA’s Deputy Director, Carla Chandra said that the Pakaraima Safari takes the cake as the ultimate up close and personal experience in Guyana.According to her, the excitement starts as soon as the journey out of Georgetown begins and as such, the safari is one of the reasons why Guyana was awarded the number one eco-tourism destination in the world.“By now I trust that everyone in Guyana is aware that we just was recently won the number on eco-tourism destination award in the world but in order for us to stay on top we can only do so by improving our product, our experience and our sustainable practices” Chandra encouraged.Junior Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valarie Garrido Lowe described the safari as a wonderful experience which is unmatched.She applauded Frank Singh, one of the key organisers, for his commitment to the continued promotion of the safari and recognised its growth.“I’d like to thank him for his sustained effort in this Pakaraima Safari going every single year, it is not an easy task but I think that it has grown and people are coming on board quite willingly now and he has limited spaces and its really great. As a Government, we will, of course, make good roads there especially with the impending oil” the Minister revealed.She noted that Guyana’s attraction is in the hinterland and as such, encouraged Guyanese to take the journey.GuyOil, which continues to support the event, will this year be donating footwear to several villages along the Pakaraima Mountains.