US$2B MoU will have “lasting transformational impact” – Min Singh
The historic US$2 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed Wednesday between Guyana and the US EXIM Bank will have a lasting transformational impact on Guyana.
The agreement was signed in Washington D.C, between Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, MP and president of the EXIM Bank, Reta Jo Lewis.
It will see Guyana benefitting from direct loans and medium and long-term guarantees, to finance US exports to Guyana for government projects. Specific focus will be on infrastructure, energy, water and sanitation, Information and Communications Technology and food security.
Senior Minister in the office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh told DPI that the US remains a major global economic player and has provided support to Guyana in a number of areas ranging from economic to the protection and preservation of democracy.
“The sheer scale and magnitude of the US$2 billion is by no means a small amount of money. Two billion dollars is at a scale that could really have significant and lasting transformational impacts,” the finance minister stated.
He pointed out that Guyana has not been shy in associating itself with the Caribbean as it is one of the founding members of CARICOM, noting that since taking office, government has taken up a leadership role in CARICOM, especially regarding food security. He said the transformational impacts of the agreement on Guyana will also impact the rest of the Caribbean.
“Because the truth is that an investment in Guyana is an investment in the Caribbean. An investment in infrastructure that will advance the food security agenda, that will advance our capacity to produce food or an investment in energy that will enhance our capacity to produce value added agricultural produce, is an investment not only in Guyana but an investment in the Caribbean,” Minister Singh explained.
The EXIM Bank is the official export credit agency of the US Government which provides financing and other instruments to promote economic development in partner countries.
The signing was the first framework agreement Guyana has concluded with EXIM Bank.
President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, following the signing of the agreement, said it was the “single most important” signing for not only Guyana but the entire Caribbean.