Small businesses benefitting from procurement training

─Gov’t committed to providing conducive environment for growth

The government through the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce is actively creating avenues to bolster small businesses to enrich the lives of citizens and the economy.

Several small business owners underwent a procurement training exercise organised by the Small Business Bureau (SBB) and Public Procurement Commission (PPC), at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) on Monday.

The one-day forum provided small business owners with the knowledge to grow their businesses.

Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond delivering remarks at the procurement training at the ACCC on Monday

Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond stressed the importance of small and micro businesses.

She underscored the efforts made by the government through the Small Business Act, which allows small entrepreneurial ventures to thrive. 

“We realised that the big businesses were crowding out small businesses.  So, we made a carve-out in the Small Business Act for small businesses to be able to get incentives to be afforded grants. There is even a loan guarantee programme, all of it to help and support and to bolster our small businesses,” Minister Walrond disclosed.

The act recognises the significance of small businesses as a source of employment and a driver of the economy, particularly in their respective communities.

It also provides a legal and policy framework to support small businesses and ensure they have the necessary tools to succeed.

Meanwhile, Minister Walrond highlighted another significant initiative implemented by the government through the Public Procurement Law, which ensures that contracts are awarded based on merit and not on any other considerations such as political affiliations or personal connections.

“Contracts are not handed out to people based on what you look like [and] who you voted for. There is a public procurement system that is open and transparent, and there are a lot of laws that this government has instituted. What it does…it opens the playing field for every single Guyanese business to have the opportunity to be able to access all of these opportunities regardless of where you are,” she said.

Additionally, the government has developed a procurement portal where businesses can access opportunities and submit bids.

Participants at the procurement training seminar at the ACCC on Monday

Minister Walrond said the government is committed to strengthening small businesses by creating a conducive environment for their growth and development.