North Rupununi’s Hinterland Green Centre construction underway 

─ $130M project to be completed by Sept. 2019

– project’s overarching goal is to support the transition to a ‘green economy’

─ institute will deliver a curriculum in Sustainable Enterprise Leadership and Enterprise Support Unit

─ students will benefit from two-year hands-on course in enterprise design and start-up, management, sustainability, and leadership, coupled with access to business support services

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 29, 2018

The construction of Guyana’s first Hinterland Green Enterprise Development Centre in the North Rupununi, Region Nine has begun. The $130Million project is expected to be completed by September 2019.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock and a team of officials visited the construction site over the weekend, where workers could be seen mobilising the building material to start construction.

Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Allicock said that the project is on schedule.

“Right now, the workers are preparing the area, the land is cleared and as you can see the sand and bricks and construction blocks are on site. Materials are still coming in and once everything is prepared and in place, we will see the erection of the building.”

The project is an extension to the Bina Hill Institute, which currently provides skills training to hinterland students.

“It’s going to be an advanced facility which will help to get our young people in readiness for the development that is to come from the oil revenue in 2020. Instead of just waiting, we have to begin to prepare for that eventuality.”

The project’s overarching goal is to support the transition to a ‘green economy’ by utilising Indigenous and traditional knowledge to develop and document sustainable business practices for use in enterprises across Guyana. The institute will deliver a curriculum in Sustainable Enterprise Leadership and an Enterprise Support Unit. The students will benefit from a two-year hands-on course in enterprise design and start-up, management, sustainability, and leadership, coupled with access to business support services.

Located at the Bina Hill Institute, Annai Central, at 20,000 square feet the two-storey concrete and wooden structure will comprise eight classrooms, a modern computer and science laboratory and a large auditorium and lecture room. The project is being executed by JR Ranch Construction Incorporated.

Synieka Thorne.

Images: Tejpaul Bridgemohan.

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