The President of Guyana Oil and Gas Energy Chamber Manniram Prashad was honored with a Citation Recognition at a ceremony in Woodhaven, Queens, on August 30 by New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar for his contributions to entrepreneurialism in his homeland and for promoting trade and investment in Guyana as well as trade between his native homeland Guyana and the US. The recognition ceremony happened in the office of the Assemblywoman.
Prashad was nominated for this honor by a group of Queens-based Guyanese, spearheaded by community activist and businessman Romeo Hitlall, among others. Hitlall said the group believes Manniram deserves recognition for his work and contributions to Guyana for promoting closer relations between the PPP administration and American based diaspora. They say Manniram grounds with members of diaspora in New York. Romeo said he and his group have committed to working closely with the Guyana government to promote development and investment. He also stated they are also willing to host members and officials of the government and business persons. Romeo Hitlall has had a close working relationship with American politicians including members of the New York State, New York City Council, and US Congress and Queens.
In nominating Mr. Prashad for the honor, Hitlall notes that the honoree has had a remarkable record in public service and the private sector in Guyana. He held numerous positions in government and business. He served in various capacities in the business sector holding chairmanship of several large corporations including the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and Guyana National Shipping Corporation, among others.
Currently, Prashad is the chairman of MP Insurance Brokers and Consultants Limited, Consul General of the Philippines to Guyana, and Corporate Coordinator and Executive Member of the Private Sector Commission. Manniram served five years as Minister of Trade, Investment, and Commerce. He also served five years as Advisor to the President on business and related matters.
New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, an elected representative of Queens where tens of thousands of Guyanese are settled, presented Manniram with the Citation of Honor on behalf of the State Assembly. In recognizing the contributions of Mr. Prashad, Jenifer Rajkumar said she feels “so honored to meet Mr. Prashad and to recognize his service to the Guyanese people in America as well as in Guyana.
She describes Manniram as a distinguished citizen of Guyana, a superlative civil servant and entrepreneur. In Honoring the Guyanese businessman, Jenifer Rajkumar noted: “Manniram Prashad has worked tirelessly to promote business in Guyana. He has helped to advance the prosperity of Guyana. He has a distinguished career in the public and private sector. He is a model citizen of citizen. He is a role model to be emulated. His work is extraordinary in working for the betterment of his country”.
In accepting the award, Mr. Prashad said he is humbled by this recognition. He said he accepts it on behalf of his business colleagues and the Guyanese nation. “I feel honored and privileged to serve my country folks. I want to thank Romeo Hitlall and other Queens-based Guyanese who nominated me for this recognition”.