Linden to Mabura Hill Road, other projects to drive Region 10 economy

The new US$190 million Linden to Mabura Hill Road which will soon get underway, will offset countless economic opportunities for Region 10.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd has encouraged residents to position themselves to tap into those opportunities.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd during a recent meeting with Region 10 residents

The Minister, along with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Dr. Peter Ramsaroop, met with residents of the Numbers 47 and 58 Miles and Mabura Hill communities last week.

Minister Todd said the Linden-Mabura Hill Road will greatly benefit the communities and urged persons to organise themselves to take advantage of all that is anticipated.

Senior Minister in the Office of the President with Responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh announced last week that the contract for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) funded project will take place within the next month.

The road construction is one of the largest transport infrastructure projects government will be undertaking over the next three to four years. It is also the largest project the CDB has ever undertaken.

The road also represents the first phase of a link that will eventually lead to Lethem, Region Nine, and neighbouring Brazil.

Chief Executive officer, GO-Invest, Dr. Peter Ramsaroop speaking with Region 10 residents as Minister Todd looks on

In his discussion with residents, the Foreign Minister also spoke of President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali’s leadership in the area of agriculture which will see increased production from farmers to meet the market demands of the Caribbean. He added that the government is expanding the agriculture sector, to realise its goal of becoming the bread basket of the Caribbean.

He also noted the initiatives implemented by government to meet the needs of residents, including the GOAL scholarship programme, enhanced social services, health care and the school cash grant.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ramsaroop encouraged the residents to maximise on opportunities that will generate wealth for themselves when the road project gets underway.

He further said that there are several potential business opportunities that residents could capitalise on and urged them to start planning immediately.

The team which included several officials from Region 10, also handed over sports gear to the primary schools in the communities.