Remarks as prepared
Ambassador Nicole Theriot
NAMILCO Commissioning Ceremony
November 8, 2023
What a pleasure it is to take part in this momentous event. It’s an honor to share the stage with His Excellency, President Ali, and I’d like to extend a special “thank you” to Jack Bresky and the entire Seaboard and NAMILCO team for your kind invitation to join you in this celebration.
The relationship that exists between Seaboard and NAMILCO is a wonderful example of an even larger partnership between the United States and Guyana. Our two countries have enjoyed diplomatic relations for well over fifty years, which is a similar amount of time that Seaboard has been invested in Guyana through NAMILCO.
Moreover, this partnership is an impressive example of how U.S. companies can work with Guyanese to strengthen and diversify the economy, promote food security in Guyana and the region and create good paying, high quality jobs for Americans and Guyanese alike.
I commend the team for your dedication to meeting international standards and continually seeking out the best technology to ensure that you deliver safe and quality products to consumers in Guyana and across the region.
In addition to receiving ISO certification, I know that NAMILCO is proud to be one of the first manufacturers to receive the “Made in Guyana” certification a year ago.
Adding value within the food and agriculture sector is a great opportunity for Guyana, particularly as global food markets have been impacted in recent years.
And by doing so, Guyana can complement its already impressive energy sector performance and partner with the United States and friends to help feed and fuel the world.
The United States values being the Preferred Partner of Guyana, and looking forward, we intend to have even more U.S. companies deepen our ties just as Seaboard and NAMILCO have done and will continue to do for years to come.
NAMILCO’s new mixing facility is impressive. I’ve heard of the variety of the products that you will be able to produce here, and I look forward to using some of your flour to bake my New Orleans-inspired beignets or try my hand at making some roti or mithai for the many new friends I’ll make in Guyana!
Congratulations to Seaboard and NAMILCO and thank you again for the kind invitation.