Crime wave forces cancellation of Festival
of India Trade Fair
ROSE HALL TOWN, CORENTYNE - The Berbice leg of the Festival of India Trade Fair has been called off for security reasons. The event was billed for the end of April at the Albion Sports Complex.
President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Bhigroog Poonai, explained that the organisers, during a meeting with security forces in Georgetown, were advised not to go ahead with the event in the light of what some refer to as a crime wave.
Mr. Poonai, however, pointed out that the Chamber is satisfied with the job being done by ranks in Division ‘B’ of the Guyana Police Force in keeping crime on the down low. He is also of the view that Berbice is not under any threat.
The Chamber began preparations to host the event in early August and a substantial amount of cash was already collected from the patrons.
Funds that would have been secured from the Festival of India Trade Fair would have been used to help construct the fire station at Rose Hall Town.
The Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce is now directing its attention to the annual Berbice Expo and Trade Fair scheduled for July at the Albion Sports Complex.