Major local content summit confirmed for April in Guyana

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MBW Energy Support Services Inc. (MBWESSI) announced over the weekend Guyana’s first Local Content Summit, to be held on April 4, 2023, hosted in partnership with the Local Content Secretariat through the Ministry of Natural Resources. Held under the theme, “Sustaining Supplier Development through Local Content Partnership”, the event is geared towards knowledge sharing for local businesses in Guyana who are desirous of participating in the Energy Sector. MBWESSI said it is focused on ensuring that the Summit agenda is local content centered, with a mixture of both panel discussions and featured presentations.

The aim of the Summit is to discuss:

  • The current Local Content Policy and Certification process
  • Strategic business partnerships between local companies addressing the advantages and risks of forming local consortiums
  • Local participation, especially highlighting Local Content success stories within the sector
  • Local Capacity Development and the impact of training locals, small and medium size businesses
  • Local Content best practices through an international lens, including myths and realities

Recognizing various challenges she has faced and her business-driven curiosity, Abbigale Loncke- Watson, President and CEO of MBWESSI, shared that, “As a medium size, local company in Guyana, I am hopeful that the Local Content Summit will provide local companies like mine with a working road map for successful participation in the Local Content context in Guyana’s emerging energy sector.”

The Government of Guyana, through the Local Content Secretariat of the Ministry of Natural Resources has fully endorsed this event and noted that “they are working together with the organizers of the upcoming Local Content Summit to provide a policy forum that will allow for the continuous advocating of benefits for businesses within the oil and gas sector. The combined planning principles of the summit will provide for a partnership of participation by the public and private sectors’ enablers of local business growth and economic welfare development of the business fraternity of Guyana.”

The organizers of the summit are honored to have leaders and business owners confirmed to speak, noting that it is so important to have speakers who understand the need, who relate to the sector(s) and who are directly involved in the road ahead.

The Summit’s opening plenary will include Hon. Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo as the keynote speaker, Minister Vickram Bharrat as the featured speaker, Mr. Martin Pertab, CEO of the Local Content Secretariat as well as Mrs. Abbigale Loncke-Watson, CEO of MBW Energy Support Services Inc. Additional speakers include, Mr. Bobby Gossai, Ministry of Natural Resources; Dr. Melissa Varswyk, Vice President, Women in Energy Guyana; Mr. Timothy Tucker, Immediate Past President, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ms. Georgia Inniss, Director, Global Eureka Business Solutions Inc.; Mr. Joel Bhagwandin, Director, SphereX Professional Services; Ms. Rowena Elliott, President, Women’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Michael Gow, Country Manager, Subsea 7 (Guyana); Mr. Christopher Chapwanya, CEO, Sagacity and more.

As the Summit is focused on local content, all companies being featured during the exhibition will be Local Content Certified companies. The Summit is committed to bringing maximum visibility to these companies, including Suregig Inc, Laparkan, Safeway Solutions Security, M. Sookhai and Co., just to name a few.

Many forward-looking companies have invested in supporting this important forum as sponsors, including Sherriff Security, Action Invest Caribbean (Who’s Who Magazine), Bourbon Guyana, The NICO Consulting Inc. and Vistar Engineering and Contracting Services and the organisers extend their sincere thanks for the support, while assuring that there are more opportunities available for additional sponsors.

To learn more, please contact Channey Wong, [email protected] or +592.602.5996.

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