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Santokhi welcomes businesspeople looking to invest

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On Saturday, a group of multinational businesspeople from the North American Investor Group were received by President Chan Santokhi. Earlier, when he was on a working trip to New York in the United States of America, he had exploratory conversations with these investors. Investment suggestions for Suriname were given during the follow-up conference. The Surinamese food sector, building and furniture industries, agriculture, real estate, and infrastructure development have all attracted interest.

Suriname is ready for investments, Santokhi explained.  Despite enormous external challenges and crises in the past three years, Suriname once again meets internationally applicable financial and economic standards, he said, the Suriname Communications Service reports.  To stimulate investments, the right investment climate has been created and the preconditions set.  In addition, Suriname is one of the three carbon negative countries with a very low deforestation rate.  The president further indicated that Suriname and Guyana, as newcomers to the oil and gas sector, should be given the same opportunities to develop their natural resources.  He called on investors not to wait until 2028 but to respond to the opportunities as quickly as possible.

Ruben Luna, CEO of the Luna Group manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, Heinz Siegfried, CEO Cibao Meat Products and Kamal Akhtaruzzaman, CEO Akhtar Group which focuses on the furniture industry were among others part of the delegation.  Abul Hossain, President of the North American Investor Group thanked the President for the welcome and support provided in recent times.  He indicated that the investment group is ready to capitalize on Suriname’s potential.  A number of sectors have been identified for this purpose.  The interest is mainly in the food and production, trade and construction sectors.

Furthermore, the Indian Sasa Group, led by director Abdul Khaleel, has presented its intentions for the world’s first Carbon Bank in Suriname.  The investment group is enthusiastic about the special opportunities in Suriname.  The proposals will soon be presented to the relevant authorities.  The investment group will hold discussions with the business community during its stay in Suriname.  As part of the investment group’s policy, community projects will also be implemented.  President Santokhi indicated that the government looks forward to sound investments and remains committed to international standards.







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