In an effort to propel the agro-processing sector, the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce would be engaged in establishing a local bottle manufacturing plant.
In an advertisement in Sunday Chronicle, August 31, 2014, the Ministry invited companies to place Expressions of Interest for the preparation of a feasibility study for the establishment of a bottle manufacturing plant in Guyana.
According to the advertisement, the Ministry is mandated to formulate and provide effective machinery for the assessment, implementation and development of policies in order to facilitate economic and social improvement through tourism, commerce, industrial development and consumer affairs.
It was noted that the Department of Industrial Development supports the industrial development thrust of the country and is tasked with promoting development of various products and services.
One of the activities planned for that department for the period 2012/2013 was the preparation of sector profiles of medium and large scale operations in the manufacturing sector, among others. Several recommendations including the establishment of a bottle manufacturing plant were posited to promote growth of the manufacturing sector.
According to the advertisement, the plant would be used to aid packaging of agro-processed products. As such, the Ministry is now engaged in the implementation of this recommendation to hasten growth of this sector.
Accessing suitable packaging is a challenge for agro-processors, who are forced to import bottles. The absence of a regular supply of bottles sometimes results in products not having a uniformed look.
According to Clinton Williams, President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, packing is crucial for agro-processors, to allow products to be competitive on the international market. Currently, products produced locally, do not have a competitive edge since the cost to import the bottles is added to the products.
Williams emphasized that Guyana’s agro-processing sector is expanding and bottles seem to be the ideal form of packaging.
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