THE Government of China has made a commitment to the Government of Guyana to completely renovate the Arthur Chung Convention Center which it also constructed and gifted to the people of Guyana in 2006.
The Conference Center was constructed by China Railway Construction Company and since then it has hosted several conferences for international and regional summits.
Giving the increase in demand and a growing clientele, Manager of the ACCC, Mr. Nancomar Ramdial expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for refurbishing the Center giving the major events hosted there. Some of the major events hosted over the year included Caricom Heads of Government meetings, the 2007 Rio Summit, the 4th Summit of the Union of South American Nations, the 44th Annual CDB Board of Governors meeting, state visits by other heads of state and other high level conferences. “As we move forward at the completion of this maintenance project of this Center, Arthur Chung Convention Center will boost not only an improved or enhanced structure but one of the leading state of the art venue in Guyana fully equipped to meet the needs of its growing clientele,” he said.
Though the Center will be out of service for the next 18 months, Minister of Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes said that the long term benefits will be much greater as it will be free from structural and other damages that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Minister Hughes expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Chinese Government and the outgoing Chinese Ambassador Honourable Mr. Zhang Limin for all of the goodwill bestowed upon the Government and people of Guyana throughout the years. “This Conference Center is just one of the gifts that China has given us, over the 10 years of its existence, many Guyanese, public sector agencies and private companies have enjoyed the spacious accommodation…….thank you for rehabilitating it at your own cost and for saving us in Guyana the trouble of having to look for funds to repair it,” she said.
Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Guyana , Zhang Limin posited that the Government of China will continue to provide aid to the Guyana Government and the rehabilitation of the Center is just one of the many. Though he will be in China at the conclusion of the rehabilitation programme, he expressed confidence that it will look more attractive and serve a greater purpose. At the end of the ceremony the Minister of Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes and Ambassador Limin exchanged gifts and wished each other well.