Suriname auto dealership commissions Berbice branch, decries red tape
A Surinamese auto dealership is hoping to make its mark on the Guyanese market with the Monday commissioning of an office in Guyana.
Pan American Motors Incorporated will be providing Guyanese with a choice of Sedans and SUVs.
The business entity, which is located at 19-2 Strand and Pope Street, New Amsterdam, has a location at Border Town, Nickerie, but has its headquarters in the capital, Paramaribo. It has been doing business in Guyana since June, but has now gotten the all clear to officially open.
According to the President of the company, Ishmael Mohammed Khan, the business started over 10 years ago with a simple branch in Nickerie and after two years, opened another one in Paramaribo.
The decision to open a branch in this country was made three years ago after it was found that many Guyanese were doing business with the company. The Guyanese would also complain about the high price of the vehicles and spare parts in Guyana.
The businessman disclosed that New Amsterdam was chosen because of many reasons including its close proximity to Suriname. He was critical of the long time it took to process the paper work.
“We import the cars directly from Japan on special arrangements. So we buy them cheap and we sell them back cheap. Our prices are good. We sell the cars for $1000 to $1500 US cheaper than others in Guyana. Plus we also give a lot of other benefits including full tank gas and warranty.”
The company plans to open a branch in the city.
Local manager, Robert Esseboom, said that business has been good.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Mohamed Chiragally, President of Suriname’s City Group Holding and Five Star Hotel, which is one of the largest of its kind in Suriname.
He was also very critical of the length of time that it took to get through the bureaucracy. He urged Guyana to remove the red tape.
President of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce, Imran Sacoor, in extending an invitation for similar investments, encouraged Guyanese business entities to use Suriname to expand their businesses.
PPP/C’s Member of Parliament, Fizal Jafarally, did not respond to the concerns of the bureaucratic delays but congratulated the company for choosing Guyana.