Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:01 by GxMediaCommunications company, Qualfon, on Wednesday turned the sod for the construction of its Providence Complex, touted to be one of the largest worldwide.
At a ceremony, the company’s CEO Mike Marrow stated that the campus would see some 6,000 new jobs being created over the next five years , a large addition to its existing 1,500 plus staff roster. He told the audience which included President Donald Ramotar , Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh among government officials and private sector officials that the new state of the art complex would house an accredited university, free medical facilities for staff, and caring programs among other benefits to employees. He said that over the past seven years Qualfon has grown to be one of the leading call centre providers worldwide and he noted that the decision the invest in such a facility speaks of the value and interests the entity has in the business sector here. He noted that Guyana is the ideal place to conduct business, adding that the investment was Qualfon’s most significant to date.
Singh lauded the entity for its newest venture, noting that the company has improved the lives of many including its employees and persons who are hired to provide services there. He said that Qualfon has grown in a quiet and unassuming manner, noting that there is a “Quiet revolution” in the ICT sector which bodes well for the economy. He said that Qualfon has recognised Guyana as a pivotal location to conduct business adding that the government has recognised the need for the economy to be diversified by means of deploying important policy interventions. Singh said, too, that government would continue to support the entity adding that such investments will add to the growth of the sector.
President Ramotar told the audience that ICT is significantly penetrating each sector of the economy. He said that the investment pits Guyana on the cutting edge of technology and will enhance societal development. He noted that the sector is broadening the economy and a main method to further advance the economy is by investing in education. He elaborated that while there has been talk recently about the education sector requiring improvement, there was room for improvement, adding that the problems associated with performance in key subject areas is not confined to Guyana.
He added that government would continue to pursue critical projects in the ICT sector as well as other aspects of the economy including the energy sector as he stressed the importance of the Amaila Falls Hydropower project. He expressed optimism about the future of ICT adding that Qualfon’s investment would further advance the economy.
The new campus will accommodate some 3500 persons and will feature among other facilities, an indoor /outdoor cafeteria, a waste water treatment facility, a water pond, and designated parking areas.