India to assist with IT for new CARICOM Secretariat
Stabroek News
January 23, 2004

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The Government of India has promised to assist with information technology (IT) for the new headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, after being approached on the matter.

"We are hoping to meet them in March so as to plan on how to equip the building with the necessary equipment," Secretary-General Edwin Carrington said.

The CARICOM Secretary-General on Monday visited the Liliendaal site accompanied by the Budget Committee now in Guyana for a first-hand look at the building, a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said.

Regarding the new facility, Carrington is quoted by GINA as saying, "Coming from where we were, we are grateful for where we are now."

And Chairman of the Budget Committee, High Commissioner to CARICOM and Trinidad and Tobago Lorne Macdonough said, "This is a wonderful building and we are very grateful to the Government of Guyana."

Carrington noted that there is adequate space in the building. He said also that the Learning Centre and the Legislative Drafting facility are to be added to the secretariat and these will be accommodated in the building.

The new CARICOM headquarters is a gift from Guyana to the community and will cost $1 billion.