Georgetown, Guyana – (August 11, 2017) President David Granger, today, received a courtesy call at State House from Mr. Kwesi Des Vignes, National President of the Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) West Indies Chapter, who is currently in Guyana for several activities including facilitating a Communications Workshop for young professionals. According to its website, JCI is a non-profit organisation of young active citizens ages 18 to 40, who are engaged in and committed to positively impacting their communities.
During the meeting, Guyana’s pursuit of a ‘green’ economy, the tourism industry, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and empowerment and professional development of the young population, were discussed. President Granger applauded the organisation’s commitment to the development of young people, noting that it will go a long way in shaping the kind of communities, which can positively contribute to society.
“This is a good initiative. It gives young people confidence and [equip them with] what they need to succeed. It is the catalyst that would transform an idle society into a productive society…and persons can become role models,” he said.
Mr. Des Vignes, in an invited comment, after the meeting, said that part of his responsibility as President is to collaborate with local chapters to find ways to improve the way the organisation is able to create a positive impact in the country. He noted that he is currently in Guyana to work on plans and projects, which can see JCI Guyana becoming more proactive in communities.
“I look forward to hearing greater things about JCI Guyana. We look forward to hearing more impactful projects coming out of JCI Guyana and we have some activities planned, which are all about creating a positive impact and finding ways to collaborate and find and connect with new partners to expand the impact and continue making positive impact in Guyana and the West Indies,” he said.
Ms. Terianne Bascom, President, JCI Guyana and Mr. Kevin Cornette, Vice-President were also present at the meeting.