Best business decision was made to import sugar
I find it strange that Guyana will be importing sugar even though this country is one of the largest sugar-producing countries in the Caribbean. At first I was outraged, and ventured to blame the Government and other managers of the sugar industry.
However, after some investigation and calls, I was made to understand that this is being done to satisfy Guyana’s commitment to the European Markets. Guyana has made a commitment and we should stick by it, otherwise it will be bad for business. Additionally, the country will gain premium prices from the EU, saving much needed finance.
Major changes have been made as it regards the management of the various estates, to improve efficiency, to support the development and retooling of some estates.
These were bold changes, and the Government and the Ministry of Agriculture must be commended for this effort. Most of us oppose change, but sometimes it is necessary to move forward and survive in the global community we live.
I quote: “Change is at the very core of evolution, and without it all creatures would look alike and behave the same way” – Martin Dansky.
As a developing country, we must recognise that changes are necessary to catapult economic stability, to ensure the interest of the country as a whole is secured. Sometimes in life we all have to make that decision as the management of GuySuCo made to fulfill its commitment.
There is nothing wrong in taking one step back to move five steps ahead. Hence, I am of the belief that the best business decision was made, considering all the constraints the industry is faced with.
I therefore urge my fellow Guyanese to recommit ourselves and put our shoulders to the wheel of change to improve the sugar sector. I urge those with know-how to share their knowledge and experiences with those in office, to make decisions and make all Guyanese proud.