“In keeping with its Articles of Association, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Tuesday 11 April 2017 and unanimously elected the CEO of Environmental Management Consultants, Shyam Nokta, as President. Ramsay, CEO of Sterling Products limited was re-elected 1st Vice President, Ms. Yonette Jeffers of Laparkan Freight Forwarders was named 2nd Vice President while Autamaram Lakeram of NAMILCO retained the Finance portfolio as the 3rd Vice President.
Mr. Nokta, in accepting the Board’s confidence, indicated that his main objective over the year would be to consolidate and expand the organisation through strengthening the relationship between the Board and member companies. He indicated that an important area of focus will be facilitating the resolution of issues affecting members through closer collaboration with key stakeholders. Mr. Nokta further indicated that emphasis will be placed on strengthening important sub-sector bodies covering agro-processing; services; chemical and pharmaceuticals; construction and engineering; forestry and wood products; fast foods; and mineral and related products. The first time President expressed his strong interest in seeing the GMSA establish strategic partnerships with other Business Support Organisations (BSO) to position the business community to maxmise from new and emerging sectors such as the imminent hydrocarbon industry.
The GMSA has over 100 member companies covering the manufacturing and services sectors. The Board of Directors for this fiscal year 2017-2018 was also elected at the AGM. The Board includes such companies as Sterling Products Limited, Banks DIH Limited, Edward B Beharry Group, Swansea Associates and Brass, Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF) that have kept the organisation strong and functional over many years”