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President: US$100 million for region’s Agricultural Sector

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President Chan Santokhi returned to Suriname on Saturday evening. He has had several conversations with Trinidad & Tobago. The focus was on the agricultural sector.

During President Chan Santokhi’s visit to Trinidad & Tobago, finance for innovation and stimulation of the agricultural sector in the Caribbean was discussed. US$100 million in credit has been made available for this purpose. Companies from the Caribbean can make use of this.

In addition to the Agri-Invest Forum & Expo II, Santokhi has held various bilateral talks with government leaders and regional officials. The purpose of the working visit was to intensify Suriname’s cooperation with other Caribbean countries. The focus was not only on the agricultural sector, but also on other segments. Discussions were held with various organizations and companies about possible collaborations in the form of Public-Private Partnerships.

The Suriname Communications Service reported that the President often expresses his preference for this form of cooperation and discussed the options for this during a meeting with the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce. This conversation will soon be followed up during a visit by the regional organization to Suriname.

The head of state spoke as chairman of the Caricom during the opening of the Agri-Invest Forum & Expo II on 19 August. The Caricom offers a large market and many possibilities. Countries in the region have made agreements that should lead to more exports within the Caricom. For this it is important that they look together at various aspects of the agricultural sector that most countries still have to work on: innovation in crop cultivation, logistics and transport and legislation and regulations.

President Santokhi will shortly discuss concrete results of the visit to Port of Spain during a press conference together with the Ministers of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation.





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