Dear Guyanese in Guyana and the diaspora,
I have never been more proud to be Guyanese than I am today, a mere few weeks removed from my two-week, homecoming tour of our native land. The outpouring of love and support from my country men, women, girls and boys was overwhelming and humbling. As my team and I travelled across the country, conducting goodwill youth football clinics and engaging fellow Guyanese in the public and private sectors, I was struck not only by the beauty, passion and intelligence of our people, but also by the tremendous potential of our small nation to be great.
The pursuit of greatness requires courage, resources, persistence and leadership. As the founder and principal of the Alex Bunbury Sports, Academics & Resorts Academies (ABSAA), I am committed to leading and executing ABSAA’s bold vision to become a respected leader in building and managing iconic, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art ABSAA facilities in underserved regions of the world, starting with our beautiful native land of Guyana.
ABSAA-Guyana will comprise a landmark site and 2 to 5 satellite sites, constructed in phases over a 5 to 12 year period at a total estimated cost of USD $120 million. ABSAA-Guyana is projected to create a minimum of 4000 new jobs for Guyanese. ABSAA-Guyana will educate and empower our young Guyanese boys and girls to be productive, caring and innovative citizens in the game of life. ABSAA-Guyana will be the premiere destination for tourists and professional athletes, as well as sports, entertainment, and business events. ABSAA-Guyana will undoubtedly help make Guyana great!
I would like to emphasize that ABSAA-Guyana cannot succeed without the support of Guyanese and the government of Guyana. I would also like to emphasize that the ABSAA-Guyana financial model requires no financial investment from the government of Guyana; only an official written approval and co-signature.
I have presented the ABSAA-Guyana concept binder and architectural renderings to the government of Guyana for review. I have also requested a written letter of agreement in principle of the ABSAA-Guyana project concept (as outlined in the binder) from the government. Upon receipt of this agreement in principle, ABSAA will hire a team of experienced business consultants to conduct extensive project-related research in Guyana in collaboration with local stakeholders, and complete a comprehensive business plan in three (3) months. The ABSAA-Guyana business plan will include a feasibility study and both will be presented to the government of Guyana for review, negotiation, final approval and co-signature. Assuming the timely achievement of these benchmarks, my team and I hope to break ground on the iconic ABSAA-Guyana facilities by February, 2017.
Finally, I would like to apologize to the people and government of Guyana for an erroneous report published a few days ago in the Orlando Sentinel and subsequently in the local news, which falsely stated that the government had agreed to finance the ABSAA project to the tune of USD $300 million. This report has since been retracted and the retraction has been published in both the Orlando Sentinel and Guyanese media.
Let us all work together by God’s grace to make Guyana great.
Principal, Founder – ABSAA
International Ambassador to Guyana’s Football
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