PSC President describes Marriott construction as a transformational project – 25th Feb 2013
With all the controversy over the exclusion of Guyanese workers in the construction of the Marriott Court Yard and Resort, the former President of the Private Sector Commission Jerry Gouveia told Capitol News that while it is unfortunate that no locals were employed currently, he still does not see why there have been so much opposition over the Project.
Calling the Marriott a ‘transformational project’ Gouveia said the Marriott will have tremendous benefits for Guyana, particularly the country’s agriculture sector.
He said with the presence of the Marriott brand will ensure the agriculture sector is competitive.
Gouveia said the presence of the Marriott will also allow for the training of Staff and also the development of Guyana‘s Hospitality Institute.
Over 2 billion dollars of tax-payers’ funds have already been spent on the project. The Government had contracted the Shanghai Construction Group to build the Marriott. The deal also allowed for the importation of Chinese labourers without using locals.
This triggered several protests across the city. The Government had promised that 200 jobs would be created when the hotel is completed, but never made it clear when.