Almost three months after the sod turning ceremony at the site for the Multi-million-dollar state of the art Qualfon call centre, works are moving forward. Qualfon Guyana is one of the leading business processing outsourcing providers.
Kaieteur News visited the site at Providence, East Bank Demerara, yesterday and spoke with several workers. The building is being constructed by S. Nabi and Sons Construction Company. One of the foremen explained that
the foundation work is completed.
Kaieteur News was told that the curb wall is about 90 percent completed. It is being built to retain the sand. Afterwards the floor would be completed. Come January it is expected that the work in this phase will be completed. Phase two will begin early next year Kaieteur News was told.
The campus which is being built is expected to expand Qualfon’s capacity in Guyana and bring an estimated 6,000 new jobs over the next five years. President Donald Ramotar at the sod turning ceremony in September pledged his full support for the project.
Ramotar had dubbed the investment as “technologically important” for Guyana. The President had noted that he was pleased that such a venture has come during his tenure.
According to the President, information technology is now an important component in the world. He explained that IT has now penetrated every sector and trade; it is important for Guyanese to have this new and large investment by Qualfon.
He said that the investment will bring new ratings which would definitely broaden Guyana’s economy.
“Government always wants to broaden the economy so that we are not just dependent on a single product” Ramotar stressed. With this in mind the President said that is why his government continues to strive to make the country more investor friendly.
Finance Minister Ashni Singh also gave his full acceptance of the project. Singh told the gathering that this new investment shows that the diversification productive basin of Guyana has moved.
He said that before this the Guyanese economy was driven by the three major sectors, rice, sugar and bauxite.
He said that if any of those three sectors did not have a good year, Guyanese would have felt it. He said that government has recognized the intrinsic vulnerability of the situation excessive dependence on one or two of these sectors.
Within the next few weeks the foundation will be laid. The first phase is expected to cost somewhere in the vicinity of US$4M. Over the next two years the other phases will be completed and the cost is expected to triple.
Kaieteur News understands that the land was privately-owned before being bought by Qualfon. The new building will also house an Art and Culture Centre, an accredited University, and Medical Service.
There will also be a milk subsidy programme for employees. Qualfon is a global provider of call center back office and business outsourcing services. Since 1996 Qualfon has delivered a strategic advantage for billion- dollar companies around the world.
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