Deep water harbour in Berbice? Are the tides turning?


A team of officials from India have conducted a week of testing the Guyanese shoreline and determined that Berbice will be the most feasible location for a deep water harbour: “the Indian Government concluded that the Berbice area was most suitable for construction of the facility as waters bordering that area have the necessary depth and the area is not congested.”

But that’s not the interesting part. It seems that “the deep water harbour initiative is not new to Guyana but owing to the growth of the economy and external activities construction of the facility was seen as necessary.”

This harbour could perhaps bring in a new wave export business. Or so Stabroek believes: “One of the attractions of the port would be to allow faster access from Brazil’s landlocked northern states to the Atlantic Ocean.” But Indian officials believe the real business will be in exporting Guyana’s rich bauxite, timber, and agricultural products.

Let’s hope some money comes in to support this effort soon. Expanding Guyana’s export market will be critical in the economic growth process…

Scott was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgetown, Guyana from '03-'05 with the World Wildlife Fund. He helped to co-found FROG in 2007.

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