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NEIA signs MOU with GCCI to help drive partnership between Newfoundland and Labrador and Guyana

For Immediate Release
November 24, 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).

“NEIA is excited to have the opportunity to establish a meaningful connection between the private sectors of Newfoundland and Labrador and Guyana,” said Alex Templeton, the Chair of NEIA’s Board of Directors. “We believe that there is great opportunity in partnership for both our economies and peoples, and this is another step in growing that relationship.”

Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director, and Deodat Indar, President of the GCCI, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their organizations on November 17, 2017

Established in 1890 and now representing over 180 Members, the GCCI is the oldest private sector representative organization in Guyana. A delegation of firms from the GCCI were in St. John’s last week on a fact finding mission to learn about the province’s industries – including its clean technology and environmental sectors.

This was the second engagement this Fall between NEIA and the GCCI. “NEIA and its partners led a delegation of Newfoundland and Labrador firms to Guyana earlier this Fall,” noted Abbie Lacey, NEIA’s Manager of International Business Development. “The GCCI provided us with a warm welcome in September, and so we were pleased to be able to reciprocate that hospitality.” Lacey said the delegates had a full agenda of activities that included participation in local seminars, business to business meetings, and tours of local facilities and resources.

The MOU signed between NEIA and the GCCI represents a mutual commitment for both organizations to explore international business development opportunities that benefit both jurisdictions.

Related Links: NEIA in the news in Guyana

Despite the distance between Newfoundland and Labrador and Guyana geographically, Templeton says there is much that ties the two places together. “In the time we have spent with our Guyanese friends, it is evident there are many similarities between our people beyond the economic possibilities. We look forward to returning to Guyana soon and continuing to build on what we have achieved together this Fall.”

NEIA’s international business initiatives in the region are a product of continued collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 200 members. More information can be found at

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