Green Enterprise Centre to prepare Indigenous Youths for anticipated development

DPI Guyana, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The $200M Hinterland Green Enterprise Development Centre that is to be constructed in the North Rupununi, Region Nine, will prepare youths with skills in anticipation of the major development in the region.

The Hinterland Green Enterprise Development Centre will be located in the geographic space of the Bina Hill Institute, central Annai. It is intended to focus on training that will leverage indigenous traditional knowledge and drive upstream demand for local products and services.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock

The sum of $79M was allocated in Budget 2018 to commence the construction of the facility, this year. An area has already been identified, and the project will be tendered shortly.

According to Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, once the Linden to Lethem road is constructed and the Lethem Airport becomes an international hub, there will be an influx of persons navigating the region, and so, there will be a need for skilled personnel, restaurants, supermarkets, vulcanizing shops and other businesses.

Minister Allicock was addressing students during a recent visit to the Bina Hill Institute. He said that the Indigenous people, especially the youths, must be prepared to capitalise on the new improvements. The minister pointed out that “the road is going to become a reality, we will need teachers, nurses, mechanics, engineers, agriculturist, and most of all visionary leaders who will have the ability to study the environment and create unique traditional products”.

The facility will be equipped with dormitory facilities, and a modern laboratory equipped to conduct testing and developing new traditional medicines.

The Green Enterprise Development Centre is a flagship initiative that will serve as a key facility for job creation for hinterland communities. It will accommodate 120 students from Region One, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.

By: Synieka Thorne

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