Preparations underway to begin construction of Guyana/Brazil road link

Preparations underway to begin construction of Guyana/Brazil road link


Authorities in Guyana and Brazil are working to complete the terms of reference for the design of the Lethem to Mabura Hill within two months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana has revealed.

The Ministry’s statement noted that Director of Northern and Western South America at the Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs, His Excellency Norberto Moretti revealed that efforts are being made to open the bidding process by the end of the year.

“The goal by the end of the year is to have the biding going on. It’s an ambitious timetable but it’s a realistic one and we are working very hard to get it done,” the statement quoted the Director as saying.

Ambassador Morretti also believes that there is great interest on the part of the Brazilian government to get the road completed.

Director of Northern and Western South America at the Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs, His Excellency Norberto Moretti

“The journey from Lethem to Georgetown takes as many as 13 hours depending on the state of the road. It has recently become impassable. Once paved, the projection is that the trip will take no more than five hours,” the Foreign Ministry noted.

According to the statement, Ambassador Moretti explained the benefits to Brazil and the factors that have intensified the political will to see the project through to completion.

“It is clearer now the potential benefits of getting this road paved; Brazil is very aware of its shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and the need to bring down production costs.”

He said that authorities have also been trying to ensure the country’s development agenda is more geographically distributed.

Brazil’s wealth and production activity have been largely concentrated in the southwest and southeast. While the Ambassador pointed out that the Northeastern and Central regions have seen progress in the last decade, he acknowledged the need for greater effort.


Guyana’s recent discovery of oil and the projected increase in economic activity have also been cited as providing further motivation.

“The road will not only be convenient and useful; it will be fundamental,” Moretti explained.

Meanwhile, Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency George Talbot, said Guyana is currently reviewing Brazil’s proposed text on the terms of reference (TOR) and will make requisite adjustments, if necessary. Once this is completed, the bidding process will begin.

According to the statement, Ambassador Talbot explained that the two countries are also examining possible funding arrangements to pave the road from Mabura Hill to Lethem.

Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency George Talbot

Phase one of the project covers approximately 125 kilometres of the road (Linden to Mabura Hill) and also includes a bridge across the Kurupukari River.

Guyana secured funding from the British Government through its UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme to complete the design. The contract for this consultancy will be awarded shortly.

“I see a benefit to connecting Guyana domestically, Guyana to Brazil, and Brazil to the rest of the world,” Ambassador Talbot noted.

However, he explained that the road is just one aspect of the project.

“The road will not be enough in itself, it will have to be allied with the construction of adequate port facilities. The equation is really the port plus the road to make the project economically viable.”

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Good in theory  for market style trading and goods  it makes sense, but I wouldn't expect serious levels of commerce unless the road also connected Manaus to Boa Vista and then Lethem and further still to GT.

I do recall a similar project on a greater scale a few years back in French Guiana which went off with much fanfare but little or  no benefit to anyway but at great cost




There are already well developed highways within the Brazil up to the Brazilian border with Guyana. 

The problem is on the Guyana side.  So if a proper highway is built from Lethem to GT then Guyana becomes integrated into the rest of South America (aside from Suriname) via Brazil.

A proper highway also opens up areas of Guyana and puts develop of the Rupununi on fast drive.

Agreed that a road from Lethem to GT is a good idea, integration into the rest of South America I'd disagree, Brazil has flirted for decades now with becoming an economic power house but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened (wider conversation) and Venezuela is a mess.

Manaus has close to twice the GDP of Guyana and is relatively close to Guyana but in real terms it might as well be on Mars, Boa Vista as nice as it is offers , well not very much, I hope it does help the smaller traders especially in agriculture but from a wider South American economic stand point I just don't see it benefitting many on either side but interesting non the less


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