Some 6,000 persons will be trained through a Guyana- Barbados joint tourism initiative, as four internationally-branded hotels break ground in Guyana. Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oniedge Walrond made this disclosure yesterday during the budget debate at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC)

The development of these hotels, the Minister said, will provide quality accommodation for the influx of foreigners investing in the country, as well as, fulfil the government’s promise of creating 50,000 jobs.

“Our tremendous progress on this front makes it imperative to ensure that our Guyanese citizens are ably qualified for the imminent jobs and positions at all tiers of the industry, including senior management,” Minister Walrond said.

She said industrial estates in Regions Two and Ten will benefit from infrastructural development, as construction works will commence this year. The new infrastructure will boost business in the local communities, resulting in job opportunities for residents.

With the recent passage of the Local Content Act, Minister Walrond said the business sector will need to produce goods and services at a standard that will meet the demand of international firms.

She said the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) will play a significant role in ensuring quality goods and services.

This year, the Bureau will completely take responsibility for the testing of crude oil brought to surface, putting this critical aspect of operational audit and quality assurance exclusively into Guyanese hands.


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