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BUSINESS MAGAZINE 2017 Committed to be a part of Guyana’s development

An Annual Publication by The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana


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An Annual Publication of The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana

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Message from H.E. David Granger, President of Guyana

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Message from Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Zhang Limin

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Opening Remarks by Keliang Liu, ACEG President

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The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana MEMBERS

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ACEG Membership Contacts

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History of the Brickdam Independence Arch

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Guyana’s Independence Jubilee Events

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The Arrival of the Chinese in Guyana

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Guyana’s First President - Arthur Chung

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The Chinese Association of Guyana

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ACEG Annual Dinner

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ACEG Being Good Corporate Citizens

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Sister City Relationship Growing Stronger - Fuzhou and Georgetown

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Linden Unveils $20M Bauxite Centennial Arch

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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12th Chinese Medical Brigade Arrives 39

The Chinese ophthalmologist made an over 90-year-old man to see the world again

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The Ambassador Paid a Visit to Linden

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Love The Elderly of Guyana

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Chinese Traditional Treatment - Acupuncture

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China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation

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China-Latin America Ties at New Stage of development

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Chinese President’s visit marks new stage of relations with Latin America

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Life in China

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‘Belt and Road’ takes new route

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China’s Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean

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POWERCHINA International Group Limited

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NUCTECH Company Limited

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China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC)

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China Paper

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News Reports

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New Thriving Chinese Restaurant Recipe: Yangzhou Fried Rice

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Photo Wall: Photo Essay of ACEG in Guyana

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Shandong Fellow Association of Guyana

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Zhejiang Fellow Association of Guyana

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102 “海外侨胞故乡行—走进山东”暨海外山东同乡 组织合作机制 104 启动仪式”在济南隆重举行 .. 106 China Railway First Group Co. Ltd. 110 China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation 114 HUWEI Technologies Co., Ltd. 120 Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc. 124 Introduction of Fujian Association of Guyana

126 Fujian Association of Guyana, Executive Members 128 RONG-AN Inc 130 FALLS - China Zhonghao Inic. 132 ZHONGHAO Shipyard Inc.

133 China Dalian International Corporation (Group) Holdings Ltd. 134 Guyana Jili Pig Rearing Inc. 136 Guyana Hansom International Inc. 137 Hi Tech Construction Inc.

138 GPL Smart Meters, New Transformer Projects 142 Media Officials and Journalist of Guyana Visit to China 144 Confucius Institute at University of Guyana (CIUG) 146 Teacher Connie Zhao from Confucious Institute

150 Students’ Feedbacks from the Summer Camp of Confucious Institute 156 From The Great Wall to Kaieteur Falls 158 China Trading Playing an Active Role in Guyana’s Development 160 Real Value Supermarket Giving Back to Society 161 President, Prime Minister & Ministers of Guyana 162 Guyana Overseas Missions 164 Foreign Missions in Guyana 165 Local Business Contacts

166 Guyana Contact Information 170 Getting Around Georgetown - A Street Map

172 Map of Guyana 174 The Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest)

177 Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) - Guide to P.A.Y.E ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Message from His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

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uyana welcomes trade and investment with China

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the People’s Republic of China share ‘unbreakable bonds of blood, history and friendship’. Immigrants from China first came to work as indentured labourers on our sugar plantations one hundred and sixty three years ago. Guyana and the People’s Republic of China have enjoyed close and fraternal relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972. Cooperation for our mutual benefit has been a hallmark of our relations over the past forty-four years. Guyana has welcomed trade and investment with individuals, firms and companies from China. Chinese investments and trade have impacted positively on our country’s development. A number of Chinese businesses now operate in

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our agriculture, commercial, construction, defence, education, electricity, health, hospitality, forestry, information communications technology and mining. A significant community of Chinese nationals live and work in Guyana. They have nothing to fear so long as they comply with our laws and our regulations. Guyana has great potential for sustained economic development. Investments trade, the transfer of knowledge and technology is vital to our country achieving sustained progress. We look forward to the continued contribution to our country’s development by citizens, firms and companies from China

.................................................. David Granger President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana


Message from Chinese Ambassador to Guyana H.E. Jianchun Cui

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wish to extend warm congratulations to the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG) for the publication of its 3rd Annual Magazine 2017. China has enjoyed a friendly cooperative relationship with Guyana since the establishment of diplomatic ties on June 27, 1972. The two countries are good partners with mutual benefit. Over the past ten (10) years, China-Guyana bilateral economic and trade cooperation continues to expand. The trade volume between Guyana and China was only 36 million US Dollars in 2005, and it stood at 210 million US Dollars in 2015, almost a six (6) fold increase. The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has been working hard to realize green and low-carbon growth as well as sustainable development, which provides great potentials for Chinese companies to get involved in the development of infrastructure, energy, forestry, agriculture, ICT etc of Guyana. The Embassy will continue to encourage Chinese entrepreneurs to do business and invest in Guyana to deepen the

friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and the common development of our two countries. ACEG has increasingly become an important force in the business community in Guyana and has always contributed to the acceleration of bilateral relations between China and Guyana. ACEG, together with friends of Guyana, has done a lot of work to bring economic and trade ties closer between the two nations. The grand undertaking of China-Guyana friendship requires people’s devotion. I wish the members of ACEG would understand the importance of China-Guyana relations and be committed to further drive the traditional friendly relations between our two countries to reach greater heights. On behalf of Chinese Embassy, I also would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere thanks to all the friends who have made unremitting effort to promote China-Guyana friendship and cooperation. I firmly believe that with the strong support of the two Governments and peoples, China-Guyana bilateral relations will step to a higher stage. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Opening Remarks by ACEG President

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he Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG) was launched on April 26, 2013, with participation of initially eleven major Chinese companies operating in Guyana. This number has now grown to 17 such member companies. The Trust Deed for ACEG was registered in the Deeds Registry of Georgetown on February 5, 2014, formalizing the establishment of this entity in Guyana under the legal term. The main objectives of ACEG remain focused on maintaining a positive business relationship with Guyana and can be summarized as follows: 1. Provided guidance to its members in terms of observing laws and regulations of Guyana with respect to local customs, tradition and expectations while contributing to the prosperity of the Guyanese economy. 2. Promote continued and ongoing economic cooperation between Guyana and China. 3. Provide member companies with day-to-day guidance pertaining to conducting business within Guyana. 4. Safeguard the legal rights of ACEG’s member companies, promote fair competition among its members and local Guyanese businesses, and maintain a good image of ACEG and its members while operating within Guyana. Admittedly, ACEG members have experienced difficult economic times over the past 3 years, but the original objectives have never been relaxed and our targets remain uncompromised.

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Guyana continues to attract an increasing numbers of Chinese enterprises to invest in the economic development of Guyana resulting in a strengthened relationship between Guyana and China. ACEG’s guidance and promotion of new members play an active role in the economic development of Guyana. ACEG’s social obligation to Guyana remains paramount and is always in the forefront of its objectives. ACEG is committed to making monetary contributions to social groups in Guyana, as well as, to the education of young Guyanese citizens. It is ACEG’s intention to continue this imperative endeavor. Our third annual publication focuses on encouraging the local Guyanese people, as well as business associations, to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of ACEG. ACEG welcomes any recommendations for improvement from our readers. We have fallen in love with this “Land of Many Waters” and its friendly people. We at ACEG consider ourselves very fortunate and privileged to be operating our business here in Guyana and wish continued success to Guyana’s development and prosperity. Most importantly we look forward to the longevity of association between Guyana and China. Keliang Liu (Kevin) President of ACEG


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The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana MEMBERS

Chairman Keliang Liu (Kevin) from CHEC

Vice-Chairman Eric Yu from Bosai

Member Song Weiwei from Longhi

Member Wang Yuwei from Hansom

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Vice-Chairman Wang Yiwei from CRFG

Vice-Chairman Steven Jin from China Paper

Member Ju Penglong from Sunset Lakes

Member Ma Weixuan from PowerChina International

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General Secretary Jason Wang from China Trading

Vice-Chairman Chen Ming from Rong-an

Member Ye Tiesheng from Golden Bridge

Member Su Zhirong from Hi-Tech Construction

Member Yu Shoujiang from China Dalian International

Vice-Chairman Chu Hongbo from Baishanlin

Member Andrew Jin from CMC

Member Baohua Teng from Nuctech Co. Ltd.

Member Dev Zhang from Huawei

Member Wan Lidong from Green Farm

Member Hao Xiaojun from China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation


ACEG Membership Contacts 1.

China Harbour Engineering Company (Guyana) Inc. Contact: Hu Zhimin Phone: +1868 3932996 Address: Lot 70 Eastern Highway, Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana. Email: zmhu@chec.bj.cn

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China Trading: Contact: Jason Wang Phone: +592-6232888/2315878/2257352 Address: 32 Robb Street Lacytown, Georgetown, Guyana. Email: aceguyana@hotmail.com or 2697836568@qq.com

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Baishanlin: Contact: Chu Hongbo Phone: +592-6600888 Address: Tract “SA” of Block 2 Providence, E.B.D ,Guyana. Email: chubailiang@126.vip.com Website: http://www.baishanlin.com

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China Railway First Group (Guyana) Inc. Contact: Alex Wong Phone: 592-2220537/6808617 Address: Apt.15 Gafoors Compound, UG Road, Georgetown, Guyana. Email: wanghuiqiang911@gmail.com Website: http://en.crfeb.com.cn/

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Standard Agroforestry Inc. Contact: Guangyang Chen Phone: 592-6639512 Address: Apt.8 Gafoors Compound, UG Road, Georgetown, Guyana. Email: cgy@chinapaper.com.cn or guangyangchen@163.com Website: http://www.chinapaper.com.cn

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Bosai Mineral Group (Guyana) Inc. Contact: Eric Yu Phone: 592-444 2881 Mail: P. O.Box 32092 Mackenzie, Linden Fax: 592-444 3490/444 6764 Address: Republic Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden, Demerara, Guyana. Email: eric_yu@bosaiguyana.com Website: http://www.cqbosai.com

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Rong-an Inc. Contact: Chen Ming Phone: +592-2336827 Address: 139 Lindley Ave,Nandy Park,E.B.D ,Guyana Email: rongan.ming@hotmail.com Website: http://www.mdljgroup.com

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CMC Contact: Shi Xiaohui Phone: +86-10-68991247 Email: shixiaohui@cmc.genertec.com.cn Website: http://www.cmc.com.cn

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Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Contact: Bob Zhou Phone: +1-868-7181837 Address: 17-20 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Email: zhoubo.zhou@huawei.com Website: http://www.huawei.com

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Long Hi Center Contact: Song Weiwei Phone: +592-2237923/2333888 Address: Long Hi Center:108 Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana Long Hi Industry: Lot 12-13 Industry, Eccles Email: Chinostore118@hotmail.com

11. Guyana Green Farm Inc. Contact: Wan Lidong Phone: 592-6271299/2615078 Address: Lot 1 Coverden, E.B.D , Guyana Email: Wlddd128@163.com 12. Golden Bridge Inc. Contact: Ye Tiesheng Phone: +592-2273738/2273725/2262478/6232398 Address: Company:#288,Middle Street, Georgetown, Guyana Factory: #28-29, Lyng and Evans Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, Guyana Email: goldenleaf.ye@gmail.com 13.

Guyana Hansom International Inc. Contact: Wang Yuwei Phone: +592-6551822/2615951 Address: Lot 1 Coverden, E.B.D ,Guyana Email: wangyuwei@chinahansom.com Website: http://www.chinahansom.com/

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Sunset Lakes Inc. Contact: Ju Penglong Phone: +592-6000008 Address: Block III,Providence, E.B.D ,Guyana Email: newlifexsb@gmail.com Website: www.newlifegy.com

15. China Dalian International Cooperation (Group) Holdings Ltd. Contact: Yu Shoujiang Phone: +86-411-83780896(China)/ +592-6883300(Guyana) Address: No. 219. Huanghe Road.Dalian.China Email: yujiang007@163.com Website:www.china-cdig.com 16.

Hi-Tech Construction Inc. Contact:Zhang Donglin Phone: +592-2336827/6004255 Address:139 Lindley Avenue, Nandy Park, E.B.D. Guyana Email: treacy20@hotmail.com

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PowerChina International Group Ltd. Contact: Ma Weixuan Phone: +1 868 7159872 Address: 12A,Tower 2, One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Email:maweixuan@powerchina-intl.com Website:en.powerchina.cn

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Nuctech Company Limited Contact: Teng Baohua Phone: +592 6929724 Address: 2/F Block A, Tongfang Building, Shuangqinglu, Haidian District, Beijingn100084,P.R.China Email: tengbaohua@nuctech.com Website: www.nuctech.com

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China Railway 17 Bureau Group Co,.Ltd. Contact: Hao Xiaojun Phone: +592 6081736 Address: Apt. 13 Gafoors Compound, UG Road, Georgetown, Guyana. Email: HXJ68@foxmail.com Website: www. zt17.com

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An Annual Publication of The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana

ACEG BUSINESS MAGAZINE 2017

Published by: The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana Chairman: Keliang Liu (Kevin) from CHEC General SECRETARY: Jason Wang from China Trading Vice Chairman: Eric Yu from Bosai, Steven Jin from China Paper, Wang Yiwei from CRFG, Chen Ming from Rong-an, Chu Hongbo from Baishanlin and Dev Zhang from Huawei Members: Song Weiwei from Longhi, Ju Penglong from Sunset Lakes, Ye Tiesheng from Golden Bridge, Andrew Jin from CMC, Wan Lidong from Green Farm, Wang Yuwei from Hansom, Ma Weixuan from PowerChina International, Su Zhirong from Hi-Tech Construction, Yu Shoujiang from China Dalian International, Baohua Teng from Nuctech Co. Ltd. and Hao Xiaojun from China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation Acknowledgment: Facebook, Stabroeknews.com, Guyana Chronicle, Kaieteur News, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), The Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), (CIUG) University of Guyana, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english, http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business, GEM Magazine, ********************************************************

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The Brickdam

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Independence Arch

ONUMENTS are masterpieces of architecture. They are as varied as their creators, expressing the collective goals, joys and sorrows of society. Throughout Guyana, the visions of our most prolific artists and sculptors have redefined events and important personas of our history.

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On Sunday, May 22, 1966 at 11:45 am the Honourable Prime Minister L.F.S. Burnham, as part of a week of activities to celebrate the birth of Guyana, an independent nation, unveiled the `Monument to Freedom’. The Independence Arch was handed over by the managing director of the Demerara Bauxite Company, Mr. J.G. Campbell as a gift to the people of


Prime Minister unveiled the plaque on the base of the Arch. Guyana on the achievement of their Independence. Mr. Campbell stated that “it was justly fitting and proper that DEMBA should be responsible for the project as the company had been an increasingly significant economic factor in this country for the past fifty years.” He further remarked that the arch could be described as “truly Guyanese” as it was built of materials that would endure time and the elements, namely aluminium metal that was from bauxite mined and processed into aluminium in Mackenzie, and quartz stone from the Mazaruni River. The arch was designed by Canadian engineer Eric Flack. Its design was said to be “modern and unique; springing from a common rock three arches taper upwards, towards the cloud, representing the three counties of Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara. The six granite posts at the base of each arch symbolise the six peoples of Guyana. Chairman of the Arch Committee, Mr. Aubrey Barker stated that: It was proposed in later years to locate the capital’s civic

and cultural precinct on the lands of D’Urban Park: in time therefore he said that the Arch would be a fitting gateway to an important civic centre. Brickdam is one of the finest streets in Georgetown lying along the centre of Stabroek, the oldest part of the city, “this site therefore at the head of Brickdam, linking our turbulent past with our exciting future”. For these reasons, Brickdam was deemed a fitting location for an arch commemorating our independence. Shortly after receiving DEMBA’s gift, the Prime Minister entrusted it into the safe keeping of City Mayor Rahaman B. Gajraj, the municipality and the people of Georgetown. In his acceptance speech of the arch, Mr. Gajraj stated that the citizens of Georgetown would treasure the monument. He added: “I charge the people of Georgetown to keep this monument in perfect order so that we can pass it to future generations in the same lustre and beauty as we have received it.” As the premier organisation for the conservation of our natural patrimony, The National Trust invites the members of the community to actively participate in the process of conservation as we strive to `Safeguard and Promote Our Heritage’, for the benefit of future generations. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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The Arrival of the Chinese in Guyana

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n 1834, slavery in the British colonies was abolished. In British Guiana a significant proportion of the freed men and women chose to live off the fertile land and sought paid employment on an irregular basis. The resulting reduction in the labour force caused the sugar plantation owners to search for replacement workers. They obtained large numbers of labourers from Madeira (Portugal), India and China each bound by a contract of indenture. Between the years 1853 and 1879, 14,000 Chinese laborers mostly Cantonese arrived in British Caribbean as part of a larger system of contract labor bound for the sugar plantations. The Chinese were the smallest group of these indentured workers. In year 1853, the first batch of Chinese landed in Georgetown. For the first few years all were men, most being taken forcibly but to curb the excesses

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of this trade in human cargo the British and Chinese authorities in Canton agreed to a formal supervised employment process and families were encouraged to emigrate. In 1860 Chinese women began arriving but in small numbers. The period from 1860 to 1866 saw a relatively large influx of immigrants, bringing the local Chinese population to a peak of 10,022 in 1866. Subsequently only two boats arrived with Chinese immigrants, one in 1874 and the other in 1879. After that Chinese immigrants came of their own free will and at their own expense. Chinese laborers were indentured for five years and assigned such specific tasks as weeding, hoeing, planting and cutting. At the termination of their contract, they were offered a bounty of $50 to reindenture for another five years. Chinese workers were required to work 6 days a week at 91/2 hours a day, for which they could earn between


24 and 40 cents a day. Generally, the Chinese were overworked, underpaid and brutalized by the lower echelons of the estate hierarchy. Recruitment agents based in Canton, China, chartered 39 ships to bring the Chinese labourers with the cost of shipping shared between the colony’s Immigration Fund and the plantation owners. The ships travelled by way of Singapore and Cape Town, arriving at Georgetown after a journey of between 70 and 177 days. The distribution of Chinese to the sugar plantations in the three counties of Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo were made by the Immigration AgentGeneral who based his decision on the quotas submitted by the plantation owners several months previously. Families were kept together in the distribution. Passenger lists were maintained by the Immigration Office in Georgetown and an ongoing search is presently in process to locate these and other relevant documents that give the names of the Chinese immigrants. By 1900 the Chinese population in British Guiana had dwindled to 2,919 since the majority of Chinese at that time preferred to marry people from their own country but there were too few Chinese women available. Some of the Chinese stayed while many left the colony to seek their destiny in other countries, particularly French Guiana, Suriname and Trinidad.

Some of the first Chinese Settlers to arrive in British Guyana. Photo: http://www.guyanese.ru/en/arrival-chineseworkers-guyana.php

The Chinese brought with them many of their customs, foods and heritage, some of which are still practiced today in Guyana. Through hard work and commitment to their new homeland many of their descendants were able to elevate themselves and play meaningful roles in Society.

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Guyana’s First President

Arthur Chung

(January 10, 1918 - June 23, 2008) The Prime Minister Forbes Burnham was the Head of State when Guyana gained independence in 1966. After the country became a Republic in 1970, the position of Presidency was added and Arthur Chung was named the country’s first President.

President of Guyana from 1970 to 1980. He was awarded the Order of Excellence (O.E.) He was the youngest of eight children born to Joseph and Lucy Chung in Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara. He attended Windsor Forest, Blankenburg and Modern High School. He married Doreen Pamela Ng-See-Quan in 1954, and had one son. Chung started off his career as a young apprentice surveyor and sworn land surveyor. In the early 1940s, Chung qualified as a barrister after studying in London in 1947. On his return to Guyana, he was appointed acting magistrate and in 1954 he became magistrate followed by senior magistrate in 1960. He also served as Registrar of Deeds of the Supreme Court and then a Puisne Judge. He then served as an Appeal Court Judge in 1963. Under the leadership of Forbes Burnham and at a time when Guyana had become a republic state, Arthur Chung was elected President by the National Assembly on 17th March 1970. In 1980 after a constitutional revision transformed the presidency into an executive position, Forbes Burnham succeeded Arthur Chung as President.

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The Chinese Association of Guyana

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he history of the Chinese Association of Guyana dates back some 123 years to 1893, when it was first registered under the Friendly Society’s Ordinance as the Chinese Association of British Guyana. As a Benevolent Society, the Association did not only facilitate the registration of immigrant workers for shop business but also acted as the Representative for the Chinese Community. In 1893, the First President of the Association was Mr. Cheung Man Chin. The present Chinese Association of Guyana located at Lot 3 Brickdam, Georgetown was founded in 1920 through contributions from the Chinese community at a cost of G$5,000. It initially housed the Billiard Room for the Chinese Sports Club and the Indigent Quarters on the first floor, the Association’s Hall on the second floor and on the third and fourth floors were dormitories for visitors from the rural areas and overseas. The four storey structure was burnt down during a disastrous fire on 25th July 1982 and through contributions from the Chinese community,

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reconstruction of the present three storey structure commenced in October 1982. On January 12, 1984 the Chinese Association was officially reopened. The first elected President of the Association in 1920 was Reverend Chung Man Chu and Vice President was Mr. T.A. Chung-Schee. Over the years, the Constitution of the Chinese Association of Guyana had evolved to make its membership more accessible not only to Chinese but to Guyanese of Chinese descent. The main objectives of the Association are: 1. To foster unity among all Chinese. 2. To improve the Chinese in social matters. 3. To assist and protect Chinese whether members of the Association or not. 4. To found a place where Chinese may meet freely on equal terms.


5. To afford assistance and relief to poor, distressed or sick Chinese whether members of the Association or not. 6. Generally, to watch over and protect Chinese interests. Membership of the Association is now open (since 2001) to any person of Chinese descent who is eighteen years of age and older. Traditionally, the post of the President of the Association was held by a Guyanese Chinese, however, Mr. J. C. Luck was the last Guyanese Chinese to hold the post of the President of the Chinese Association. Thereafter, all the Presidents are required by the Constitution of the Association to be Chinese born in China and conversant in the Chinese language, while the Vice Presidents were Chinese born in Guyana who may or may not be conversant in Chinese.

Chinese Association participating in Mash 2009

Presidents of the Chinese Association of Guyana in chronological sequence: 1.

Reverend Chung Man Chu

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S.M. Loquan (Photographer)

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F.O. Low (Magistrate)

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Francis Sam (Berbice Merchant, Mayor of New Amsterdam)

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P.W. Tang (Proprietor of Tang’s Drug Store)

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J.C. Luck (Founder/Principal of Central High School)

(Change in Constitution : Presidents required to be conversant in Chinese)

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B. Sue Ping

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H. Woon Foo

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Choo Kam Chung

Chinese Spring Festival Fair 2013 lion dance

Chinese Spring Festival Fair 2013

10. C . Yo n g - H i n g ( O w n e r o f Yo n g H i n g Supermarket)

14. (Henry) Yong Ying Koon (Owner of Yong’s Bakery)

11. H.A. Choo Kang

15. (James) Chin Pacon

12. Chin Sing (Owner of Cho Chin & Co.)

16. Frankie Chu-Sue-Lam (Owner of Kwang Hing Supermarket)

13. Benjie Cho Chung Hing

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The Chinese Association of Guyana 17. Chow Kee 18. Chow Ping Kee 19. Vibert Choo-A-Fat

(Extracts from “Scenes From The History of the Chinese in Guyana” by Marlene Kwok Crawford 1989)

20. Cao Chong 21. Vibert Choo-A-Fat (re-elected) 22. Huang Pu Yuan 23. Chow Shi Loung 24. Yang Jun Ye (June 2016-present) Executive Committee of the Chinese Association 1950’s

Over the years, the Chinese Association has been active in promoting the Chinese culture in Guyana. This is evident in the activities hosted by the Association in observance of the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival annual, commencing with activities to observe the anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in Guyana on January 12, the hosting of the annual Chinese New Year and Spring Festival Dinner at the Association Hall and the Chinese New Year Fair and Cultural Show. The Association also participates annually in the Mashramani costume parade, cultural activities organized by the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Education and other activities aimed at promoting Guyana’s cultural diversity. The Association also works with local Government agencies in the areas of business, immigration, public security, labour and taxes to ensure that Chinese nationals are in compliance with the laws of Guyana. Meetings and workshops are convened periodically with the relevant Government agencies to ensure that there is an understanding of new policy objectives and to have exchanges in areas of mutual interest. Recently, the Association assisted the families of Chinese victims, who were killed in armed robberies by providing financial support and assisting with translation services. There were also meetings with public security officials to address security concerns.

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Members of the Chinese Association Executive Committee 1980’s

In addition working with Government Departments, the Association also convenes Chinese classes for children from ages 6-14 years, who wish to learn the Chinese language and English classes for Chinese nationals on a needs basis to help them to integrate into the Guyanese society. The present President of the Chinese Association is Yang Jun Ye and the Vice President is Ernesto ChooA-Fat. Compiled and written by Anyin Choo September 30, 2016


President David Granger, left, and Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, applaud after unveiling the 2016 Business Magazine of the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG)

ACEG Annual Dinner By Alva Solomon

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OVERNMENT has assured Chinese companies operating in Guyana of its commitment to enabling a fair playground for all in the country’s business sector, but urged them to keep abreast with the foreign investment polices here. At the Annual Dinner organized by the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG) at the Marriot Hotel on Friday evening, when that organization also launched its 2016 business magazine, President David Granger, who gave the feature address at the event at, assured the Chinese entrepreneurs of Guyana’s commitment to ensuring a fair playing field for the foreign businesses to operate here. Before the President spoke, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, while addressing members of the Government, the Chinese business community here, and other officials, called on the companies to ensure their awareness of the policies of the Government. While declaring his excitement at staging of

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the event, the ambassador said that Chinese companies in Guyana are not only promoters of China and Guyana’s economic corporation and trade, but they have also made committed efforts in the development of the country over the years. “They have made important contributions to the economic and social development of Guyana,” he said. To this end, Ambassador Limin called on the companies doing business here to keep abreast with the policies of the Government. “I would like to take this opportunity to suggest to the Chinese companies in Guyana that, in the future, please follow closely and keep aware of the policy changes on investments in attracting foreign investments in Guyana,” he expounded. Ambassador Limin alluded to the presence of a number of Government officials at the event as he spoke of China’s economy, which he noted has developed quickly over the past decade. He said China has been providing assistance to Guyana


for many years, and he singled out assistance given to the Guyana Police Force, the City of Georgetown, and provision of medical equipment to the Georgetown Public Hospital. “China will continue to support Guyana’s development,” Ambassador Limin said through a translator. President Granger told those in attendance that the two countries have been united by the unbreakable bond of their history and friendship for decades. “We must celebrate that history, we must strengthen that bond, we must deepen that friendship for the mutual benefit of our people and to the benefit of our country”, he said. The president noted that while the Chinese population in Guyana has always been small when compared to the other ethnic groups in the country, the contributions of the Chinese to Guyana’s development has been important. He alluded to the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, which will be celebrated in another 8 days. The Head of State said Government is committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to function; and according to him, the country is committed to safeguarding these investments provided the rights of the people and the country’s laws are respected.

“We are all committed to working closely with our Chinese brothers and sisters in the commercial sector ”, the President said, as he thanked Government officials who attended the event for their interest shown. Those present included the Ministers of Public Infrastructure and the Minister of Telecommunications. President Granger said Guyana would love to see a thriving commercial sector, but also a thriving productive sector. Speaking on the $230B Budget which was presented earlier in the day in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, the Head of State said the budget lays the foundation for growth, increased economic activity, and greater competitiveness. “It is a pro-business, pro-growth Budget. It also addresses important challenges within our social sector and the need to bridge the disparities between the hinterland and coastland and between rural and urban (communities),” the Head of State said. Meanwhile, the business magazine which was launched on Friday evening gives an insight into the Chinese companies which are operating in Guyana. Information is provided on their future plans, and their contributions to the economy are highlighted. The annual publication was produced by the Corbin Media Group, Inc. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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ACEG Being Good Corporate Citizens

Delivering books to Kato Primary School

Mr. Kevin Liu,chairman of ACEG is delivering books to Sondra Cheong, curator of Global Shapers CommunityGeorgetown Hub

Library being full of new books in Kato Parimary School

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Cheque of G$500,000 sponsored to Guyana Gloden Jubilee

Kevin Liu,the Chairman of ACEG is delivering 20 refuse bins to M&CC

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Sister City Relationship Growing Stronger Fuzhou and Georgetown ACEG delivering 20,000 garbage bags to M&CC

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he Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown entered a Sister City Relationship with Fuzhou on May 17th

The affable relationship between the cities has yielded many collaborative ventures in many areas including;environmental projects, exchange visits and training. When the Georgetown City Council began Operation Restoration which included; restoration of the drainage system, resuscitation of parks and open spaces, manicuring of parapet and verges,

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renovation of historic sites and building, the City of Fuzhou came on board and did their part. As the renaissance of the nation’s capital evolve non-governmental agencies, private individual and community groups came on board to make their contribution to the restoration drive. Some were in involved in actual clean-up activities, while other contributed equipment and tools to advance the restorative drive. The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana through the astute leadership of Mr. Jason Wong presented Twenty thousand garbage bags to


Miss. Mayor, Mr.Chen Ming and sthudents are planting tress together

the City Council to assist in the ongoing cleanup exercise; As the Council sought to address the problem of litter and to provide road side refuse receptacle. Again, the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana came on board providing 20 refuse bins, which were placed on Waterloo and Carmichael Streets North Cummingsburg. More recently, on world tree planting day, held on October 1st 2016, the Municipality of Georgetown and Fuzhou joined hands in hosting an Environmental symposium for primary school children in the City. The aim of this project was help to children to have a greater appreciation of the importance of trees to the environment.

Refuse bin has been installed on the city streets

At the Environmental Symposium the President of the Fujian Association of Guyana Mr. Chen Ming in delivering brief remarks said “We stand committed to supporting environmental, educational, sports and cultural activities within the City of Georgetown, our motivation is obtained by a political role in Guyana at this point.� The Sister City relationship was fostered to establish a closer relationship with the people of Fuzhou and local communities of Guyana. The Council is grateful for all collaborative initiatives and hopes that sisterly relationship would continue to grow from strength to strength. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Linden Unveils $20M Bauxite Centennial Arch

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istory was created in Linden yesterday as the local bauxite industry unveiled its multimilliondollar arch on Casaurina Drive.

The arch, which cost some $20 plus million, is a gift from Bosai Minerals Group, in observance of the 100th year of bauxite mining in Linden. The structure, apart from being beautiful is considered educational, as important historical facts and the names of prominent Lindeners, such as those of past Mayors, are inscribed.

The $20M Bauxite centennial Arch in Linden was donated by BOSAI Minerals Group.

Chairman of the Centenary Committee Horace James said that as time progresses more historical information will be added, including the names of prominent sports personalities. President David Granger, who was on hand for the auspicious occasion, delivered the feature address and also unveiled the arch.

President David Granger and outgoing Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Limin, unveiling the plaque for the Arch.

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He told the gathering that the celebration of the centenary observance of the bauxite industry was a happy and historic occasion. He added that the preparations for the event testified to the labour of generations to the importance of the industry and the significance of Linden – the nursery of the Bauxite industry. “Linden has been called a mining town because of the route – the bauxite industry, the name of this tri-junction point as we’ve been told – Wismar, Mackenzie and Watooka – tells the story of the circumstances which brought together people from the North American, South American and European continents – and today we have people from another continent – East Asian entrepreneurs, who now operate the industry – so perhaps we should have a quadrilateral bringing people together from four continents right here in Linden. The president called the arch a “magnificent’ structure, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of bauxite mining.


Granger said that the social impact of the industry has contributed to enriching Guyana’s cultural life, and its contributions to Guyanese society is impossible to calculate. He told the story of how the population of the community, which was later amalgated as Linden, ‘swelled’ as mining intensified. “Persons came from all over the coastland, from the islands of the Caribbean, Barbados, Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago in search of regular employment and higher wages offered by the bauxite industry. So when you go there you can tell them where their foreparents came to look for money and employment.” The President spoke of the thousands of jobs that were created for both Guyanese and West Indians, and said that it was noteworthy that by 1960 only 38 percent of the population of the community comprised persons that were actually born here – the rest were migrants from the “coast” and the Caribbean. He noted that the industry made other contributions to nation building, such as training highly skilled and competent chemists, engineers and industrial workers.

from Guyana contributed to the manufacture of aluminium which went into the building of aircraft. The United States, the President declared, imported 30,000 tonnes of bauxite ore in 1939 before the war started, and by the time the war got going, Guyana had exported 390,000 tonnes annually. Thus Guyana became the second largest producer of bauxite in the world accounting for as much as 17 percent of global output by 1949. He added that the production of refractory and abrasive grades of bauxite by 1952 made Guyana the world’s most diversified producer of bauxite. Production soared to 2.2 million tonnes in 1957 and shortly after, a ten-dollar note was produced depicting bauxite mining and the aluminum plant. Bauxite, the President said, at one time accounted for 43 percent of the country’s export earnings. The industry later slid into decline with the accompanying loss of revenue, employment, skills and export earnings. There were others who attested to the importance of bauxite as a revenue earner and provider of employment opportunities in Linden, including Chairman of Region Ten Renis Morian, Mayor Carwyn Holland and senior Bosai executives.

“The nation knows for example that hundreds of persons were recruited from the ranks of employees and former employees of the bauxite industry to develop what we now know as the gold mining industry, which has become the most lucrative mining industry in Guyana. Many of the operators in the gold mining industry are actually graduates of the University of Bauxite!”

The arch was later unveiled by the President. The event was witnessed by several Government officials including Minister Raphael Trotman, Minister of Tourism Cathy Hughes and the Chinese ambassador to Guyana. Scores of Lindeners defied the sweltering sunshine to also witness the historic occasion.

He spoke of the connectivity though the region which has made Linden a geographical and social hub, and expressed the hope that very soon Linden could become an economic hub and powerhouse.

The arch’s unveiling, which coincided with the official launch of the Centenary Magazine, is considered to be one of the most auspicious events to mark the hundredth year of bauxite mining in Linden, formerly known as Mackenzie.

The President said that the Bauxite industry has been one of the traditional mainstays of the economy for a hundred years. He alluded to the production of the ore which increased rapidly during the Second World War, noting that bauxite

It follows several other events, including the unveiling of four centenary stamps on October 27th at Three Friends mines, where bauxite was first mined. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Introducing ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK What is The AIIB? The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank (MDB) conceived for the 21st century. Through a participatory process, its founding members are developing its core philosophy, principles, policies, value system and operating platform. The Bank’s foundation is built on the lessons of experience of existing MDBs and the private sector. Its modus operandi will be lean, clean and green: lean, with a small efficient management team and highly skilled staff; clean, an ethical organization with zero tolerance for corruption; and green, an institution built on respect for the environment. The AIIB will put in place strong policies on governance, accountability, financial, procurement and environmental and social frameworks. T h e A I I B, a m o d e r n k n o w l e d g e - b a s e d institution, will focus on the development of infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia, including energy and power, transportation and telecommunications, rural infrastructure and agriculture development, water supply and sanitation, environmental protection, urban

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development and logistics, etc. The operational strategy and priority areas of engagement may be revised or further refined by its governing boards in the future as circumstances may warrant. The AIIB will complement and cooperate with the existing MDBs to jointly address the daunting infrastructure needs in Asia. The Bank’s openness and inclusiveness reflect its multilateral nature. AIIB welcomes all regional and non-regional countries, developing and developed countries, that seek to contribute to Asian infrastructure development and regional connectivity. C o o p e rat i o n w i t h E x i st i n g M u l t i l ate ra l Development Banks and other Development Partners The AIIB has signed non-binding Memoranda of Understanding with the following multilateral development banks: - The Asian Development Bank. - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. - The European Investment Bank.


History of AIIB Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang announced the AIIB initiative during their respective visits to Southeast Asian countries in October 2013. The AIIB was envisaged “to promote interconnectivity and economic integration in the region” and “cooperate with existing multilateral development banks”. Following this announcement, bilateral and multilateral discussions and consultations commenced on core principles and key elements for establishing the Bank. Representatives from 22 countries signed the October 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the AIIB and Beijing was selected to host Bank headquarters. Mr. Jin Liqun was appointed as the Secretary General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat. The Secretariat was tasked to perform technical preparations for establishing the AIIB and to provide technical support and services for the Chief Negotiators’ Meetings. The Prospective Founding Members established the Chief Negotiators Meeting (CNM) as the forum for PFMs to negotiate and agree on AIIB’s Articles of Agreement (the Articles) and other issues related to the Bank’s establishment. The first CNM was held in November 2014 in Kunming, China. A second CNM in Mumbai, India (January 2015) launched discussions on the draft Articles. It was followed by a third CNM in Almaty, Kazakhstan in March 2015. By the deadline of March 31st for submission of membership applications, the Prospective Founding Members had increased to 57, and the 4th CNM was organized in Beijing in April 2015. The final text of the Articles was adopted by the 5th CNM on May 22, 2015 in Singapore. The Articles were signed by all 57 PFMs between June 29, 2015 and December 31, 2015. The Articles entered into force on December 25, 2015, when instruments of ratification had

been deposited by 17 Signatories with initial capital subscriptions totaling 50.1% of the shares allocated. Remaining Signatories that have not yet deposited their instruments of ratification are expected to do so by December 31, 2016.

Signing and Ratification Status of the AOA of the AIIB Prospective Founding Members

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• Australia 29 Jun 2015 10 Nov 2015 • Austria 29 Jun 2015 3 Dec 2015 • Azerbaijan 29 Jun 2015 24 Jun 2016 • Bangladesh 29 Jun 2015 22 Mar 2016 • Brazil 29 Jun 2015 • Brunei Darussalam 29 Jun 2015 12 Oct 2015 • Cambodia 29 Jun 2015 17 May 2016 • China 29 Jun 2015 26 Nov 2015 • Denmark 27 Oct 2015 15 Jan 2016 • Egypt 29 Jun 2015 4 Aug 2016 • Finland 29 Jun 2015 7 Jan 2016 • France 29 Jun 2015 16 Jun 2016 • Georgia 29 Jun 2015 14 Dec 2015 • Germany 29 Jun 2015 21 Dec 2015 • Iceland 29 Jun 2015 4 Mar 2016 • India 29 Jun 2015 11 Jan 2016 • Indonesia 29 Jun 2015 14 Jan 2016 • Iran 29 Jun 2015 • Israel 29 Jun 2015 15 Jan 2016 • Italy 29 Jun 2015 13 Jul 2016 • Jordan 29 Jun 2015 25 Dec 2015 • Kazakhstan 29 Jun 2015 18 Apr 2016 • Korea 29 Jun 2015 11 Dec 2015 • Kuwait 4 Dec 2015 • Kyrgyz Republic 29 Jun 2015 11 Apr 2016 • Lao People’s Democratic Republic 29 Jun 2015 15 Jan 2016 • Luxembourg 29 Jun 2015 8 Dec 2015 • Malaysia 21 Aug 2015 • Maldives 29 Jun 2015 4 Jan 2016 • Malta 29 Jun 2015 7 Jan 2016 • Mongolia 29 Jun 2015 27 Nov 2015 • Myanmar 29 Jun 2015 1 Jul 2015 • Nepal 29 Jun 2015 13 Jan 2016 • Netherlands 29 Jun 2015 16 Dec 2015

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • New Zealand • Norway • Oman • Pakistan • Philippines • Poland • Portugal • Qatar • Russia • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Africa • Spain • Sri Lanka

29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 31 Dec 2015 9 Oct 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015 3 Dec 2015 29 Jun 2015 29 Jun 2015

7 Dec 2015 22 Dec 2015 21 Jun 2016 22 Dec 2015 15 Jun 2016 24 Jun 2016 28 Dec 2015 19 Feb 2016 10 Sep 2015

• Sweden 29 Jun 2015 • Switzerland 29 Jun 2015 • Tajikistan 29 Jun 2015 • Thailand 29 Sep 2015 • Turkey 29 Jun 2015 • United Arab Emirates 29 Jun 2015 • United Kingdom 29 Jun 2015 • Uzbekistan 29 Jun 2015 • Vietnam 29 Jun 2015

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12th Chinese Medical Brigade Arrives Guyana, Here We come

by Zhang Jun

The 12th Chinese Medical Brigades pose with President David Granger, First Lady Sandra Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, China’s Ambassador to Guyana Zhang Limin and his wife Liu Yue

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fter more than 30 hours journal, Our 16 Chinese medical doctors have arrived in Guyana June 13, 2016 to continue a program started 23 years ago. All of our team members were welcomed at a function to also celebrate the 11th Chinese Medical Brigade which is going back to China on June 15, 2016. The new batch of doctors will be dispatched to the Georgetown Public Hospital and the Linden Hospital Complex. At the Chinese Embassy reception, President David Granger applauded the contributions made by the People’s Republic of China particularly in the area of health. “The relationship between our two republics has flourished on many fronts since formal diplomatic relations were established on 27th June 1972. Cooperation in the health sector has been a distinguishing feature of human relations which emphasize the formal engagement between our two republics, and most particularly, the personal and everyday friendship between our two peoples,” the President said. He added that the continued partnership in the field of health has fostered the development of a healthy population and as a result has contributed

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to the wealth of the nation. “The Medical Team, in the ensuing years made a significant contribution to the Guyanese health sector. The teams have combined the efforts and expertise of more than 160 Chinese medical experts. They have specialized in the fields of acupuncture, anesthesiology, gynecology, nephrology, oncology, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, urology, obstetrics, pediatrics, general surgery, plastic surgery and osteopathy,” President Granger told those present. “Thousands of our Guyanese have benefited from the expertise of these specialists and from the equipments which were donated under the program. Guyanese are extremely grateful for the work and contributions of the Chinese Medical Team,” he added. In offering his gratitude on behalf of the people of Guyana, President Granger said his country values its relations with China and looks forward to expanding and deepening the ties of cooperation. The first Chinese Medical Brigade arrived in Guyana


in 1993 following the establishment of a Medical Cooperation Agreement between the Governments of the Republics of Guyana and China on May 26, 1993, said the leader of the 12th Chinese Medical Team Doctor Chen Lianhua .

She added that, under the leadership of the Chinese embassy in Guyana, our 12th medical team has confidence to carry out our work successfully in the following one year!

The Chinese ophthalmologist made an over 90-year-old man to see the world again by Li Xiaofeng

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n August 26th 2016, an elderly man in his 90’s with severe cataracts was referred to the Chinese ophthalmologist of the Georgetown Public Hospital. The condition of his eyes were highly complexed and there were many serious risks to the surgery. He was at risk of losing his sight if he did not undergo immediate surgery. He had tried various treatments, but all failed. In order to save his eyesight, Dr. Li assured the man that he could perform the surgery successfully. On August 29, 2016, Dr. Li Xiaofeng carried out the 20-minute cataract surgery on schedule and as promised, was successful. Soon after the surgery, the elderly man saw a brightness in his eyes and a smile came across his face. A nurse at the Centre stated that he was possibly the oldest cataract patient she had ever seen. She gave Dr. Li the thumbs-up.

The first postoperative day, the nurse opened the patient’s eyelids and he became extremely excited. He could see everything clearly. He gave Dr. Li a firm handshake and said “Chinese doctor, good!”. Back home, it was Dr. Li’s daughter’s full-moon day but as he was in Guyana to perform medical assistance he was able to see her via mobile phone video as he had not seen her since the day of her birth. Since Dr. Li Xiaofeng came to Guyana he has carried out many complex cataract operations and brought vision back to many elderly patients. As a member of the 12th Chinese Medical Team, he continues to fulfil his one-year medical aid mission. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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12th Chinese Medical Brigade

The Ambassador Paid a Visit to Linden by Xue Hong

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espite the scorching hot weather China’s ambassador to Guyana Zhang Limin came to visit our five members of Chinese Medical Brigade in Linden from the capital of Guyana through mountain road accompanied by the secretary Wang Xuejun and the head of the Chinese Medical Brigade Chen Lianhua on 20th August.

condition is very poor with many insects and mice inside and all around. To improve the living condition early the ambassador made painstaking efforts and came from Georgetown to Linden for several times to coordinate the problems during the time the building was built. Eventually at the beginning of 2014 the members of the 10 th Chinese Medical Brigade moved to the new building.

Zhang has expressed his willing to visit us for so many times but because he was always overscheduled he did not have time to pay a visit to our new base in Linden since five members of the new batch of doctors coming from China dispatched to the Linden Hospital Complex. So this weekend he abandoned his rest time to visit us. Zhang said when he came to the place where now we lived in Linden he had an affinity to the new base with his devotion under the sponsorship from Jiangsu provincial government.

Now the ambassador was so excited when back to Linden again visiting our building. He visited our kitchen, gym, basket court, mango trees, fishing terrace and the yard then had an informal discussion with us. He said the living condition is better now but still hard and told us to have a preparation for long-term hardwork. Then the ambassador had lunch with us and posed with us and after that he left Linden without rest. We believe we can overcome the difficulties and fulfill our task of medical aid and become good unofficial ambassadors under the concern from CPC and leaders.

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Love The Elderly of Guyana by Ji Feng

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5th Sep, 2016 was the Chinese Traditional Mid Autumn Festival that is also Chinese reunion festival. Because we as members of the 12th China medical team are performing medical assistance tasks in Guyana that can not be reunited with our families and respect for elders is the traditional virtue of our country, we think of the old people of the Palms Geriatric Home of Guyana who

also need care. As the festival is approaching, we came to the Palms Geriatric Home and give part of the elderly people free medical services such as the consultation of medical and surgical diseases, ophthalmic examination, blood pressure and ECG, diagnosis and treatment for the disease to give corresponding suggestions. They were invited to taste the moon cakes with Chinese characteristics. A good cooperative relationship has been established between the medical staff of the Palms Geriatric Home and us. If they need medical services, we were willing to provide assistance. Recently we provided some of their needs: blood pressure meter and thermometer. The Staff thanked and praised us for our medical services. They hope that the Medical Team have the opportunity to go and have a blessed holiday.

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Chinese Traditional Treatment - Acupuncture Handwritten Letter from one patient

Chinese Traditional Treatment--Cupping

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Chinese Traditional Treatment--Acupuncture


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China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation

Angola K.K. Low Income Housing Project

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hina Railway 17 Bureau Group Co. LTD (hereinafter called CRCC17) is a third-level general contracting enterprise of railway engineering, municipal administration and building construction, wholly-owned by China Railway Construction Corporation Limited. CRCC obtains a first-grade qualification on generally contracting the construction of roads and water conservancy and hydro-power, a first-grade qualification on specially contracting the construction of roadbed, bridge tunnel and airport runway, and a firstgrade qualification on the construction of urban rail transit and the control of geological hazard. CRCC owns the franchises of offshore engineering contracting, surveying, designing and supervising programs, importing and exporting the materials of equipment, and dispatching overseas service. CRCC owns a staff of 19800, a total asset of 12.6 billion RMB, in which 11 individual-controlled companies are the First Group, the Second Group, the Third Group, the Forth Group, the Fifth Group, the Sixth Group, the Building Group, the Electrification Group, Shanghai Rail Transit Engineering Co., Ltd., Materials Co., Ltd., Real estate development Co., Ltd.. CRCC also owns a Designing Institute of Reconnaissance and branch constructing companies of railway, road, municipal administration, building construction, water

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Pakistan International Plaza conservancy and hydro-power, bridge and tunnel, and bridge farming. CRCC’s annual construction capacity exceeds 70 billion RMB at home and abroad. CRCC contracts to build numbers of railways, roads, municipal administration, building construction, airports, water conservancy and hydro-power, urban rail transits and key construction projects, accumulating 5100 km railways, 4000 km roads, 500 km tunnels, 2930 km bridges and kinds of 400 km² houses. CRCC gains excellent business performance and competitive edge on long and huge tunnels, highly difficult bridges, large-scale municipal administration, house building, railways, water conservancy and hydro-power, and airport construction. CRCC has built over 800 tunnels, including the longest tunnel in Asia, 27.8 km Tai Hangshan Tunnel from Shijiazhuang to Taiyuan, 20 km Wu Qiaoling Tunnel of Lanxin Railway; has built Chongqing Yudong Yangzi River Bridge, which is the first bridge of dual purposes for road and railway on the same surface; built over 2600 high-grade bridges, including the grand bridge called Zhongning Huanghe River involved many complicated techniques, the first highway bridge called Longtanhe Grand Bridge in Asia, and Huatupo grand bridge IN Neikun Raiway, which is the highest railway bridge in Asia; has built large-scale


Caracas, Venezueal Housing Project, Phase A construction of water conservancy and hydro-power and airports, including Haikou Meilan International Airport, project of Zhejiang Zhaoshan Mount Water Diversion, Guizhou Dahuashui Hydropower Station; has built a series of construction projects for municipal administration and building construction, including undergroud comprehensive construction of Qingdao Railway Station, Fujian Dengyun Golf Course, Shanxi Province Internal Tax Bureau Building, Xiamen Dongfu building Group, Guangzhou Campus City, and Shanxi Province Library; has built a group of high-quality overseas projects, including the project of Caracus Di Wunuo Community Housing A Part in Venezuala, the project of Power Transmission in Angola, Pakistan Parliament Building, Bali Power Plant in Indonesia, the project of K.K. Community Housing in Angola, and the Russell Bridge in Dominica. CRCC has been certified by IS09001 Quality System, IS014001 Environmental Management System, and GB/T28001 Occupational Health and safety system; has been awarded “Special Honour of Luban Prize”, “Outstanding Enterprise of Quality

Management of Construction”, “ High-credit Enterprises”, “Outstanding Engineering Enterprise”, “Outstanding Unit of Intellectual and Qualities Building”, “Outstanding Unit of Integrity”, and a honoral certificate of Labor Award in China. CRCC will uphold the idea of contributing to the society, pursuing excellence, and developing mutually, cooperate with all sectors of the society, and creat a better future together.


China-Latin America Ties at New Stage of development

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) attends the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru, Nov. 20, 2016. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

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UENOS AIRES, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Ties between China and Latin America and the Caribbean have entered a new phase of development and cooperation, said Yang Wanming, China’s ambassador to Argentina. The diplomat participated on Wednesday in the “Fifth China-Latin America High-Level Dialogue Academic Forum” in the city of La Plata, south of Buenos Aires, which was attended by national and provincial government officials, academics and experts. The theme of the meeting was “Building strategic trust and mutual understanding between China and Latin America.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping made state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile recently and attended the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima. This trip has not only consolidated the traditional friendship between China and the three countries, but also laid out the new roadmap and new program to deepen cooperation between China and Latin America, said the ambassador. “President Xi indicated in his important speech, given to the Peruvian Congress about the future of China-Latin American relations, that...these ties have seen a leap in their development,” said Yang. “Both sides have confirmed the comprehensive


cooperation between China, Latin America and the Caribbean, marked by equality, mutual benefits and shared development,” said the ambassador. In terms of specific areas for the two countries to work in together, Yang mentioned “substantial economic and commercial cooperation, prioritizing energy resources, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, science and innovation, and information technology.” He also called for increased cooperation in a range of areas, including personnel training, the tourism market and the promotion of football. In the case of Argentina, Yang emphasized that the country is “a very important partner for China in Latin America.” Yang also said that the year 2017 coincides with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Argentina, adding this opportunity should be used to continue promoting exchanges between universities, think tanks and communications media, while driving the establishment of a mechanism of joint academic research. This will also contribute to the integral and lasting development of relations between China and Latin America, as well as other Latin American countries, noted the ambassador. In 2015, bilateral trade between China and Latin America reached 236.5 billion U.S. dollars. In 2016, the two sides celebrated the ChinaLatin America and Caribbean Year of Cultural Exchange. China has signed free trade agreements with Chile, Peru and Costa Rica. It stands as the second largest trading partner and the third largest foreign investor in the region. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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China’s President Xi Jinping, center, and his wife Peng Liyuan stand with Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa during a welcoming ceremony at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito in Ecuador on Nov. 17, 2016. (Ana Buitron / AP)

Chinese President’s visit marks new stage of relations with Latin America By Elena Chuquimarca

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UITO, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America has brought renewed focus on China’s relations with the region, opening the door to a strengthened cooperation, said a former Ecuadorian official. “Xi’s tour is evidence of the importance the Chinese government pays to Latin America. It will deepen these ties in a highly complex international context,”

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Ecuador’s former minister of international relations, Francisco Carrion, told Xinhua in a recent interview. The Chinese leader concluded his tour in Chile on Wednesday, after visiting Ecuador and Peru, where he took part in the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. During his trip, Xi elevated China’s relations with Ecuador and Chile to the level of comprehensive


strategic partnership, a status its ties with Peru had reached in 2013.

activities, has produced impressive results, said Wang. Full story.

Carrion believed that Xi’s announcement that China will help Latin American countries seek development paths suited to their national conditions “opened a new stage” for relations.

Interview: Xi’s Chile visit to bolster bilateral economic ties: expert

“The visit to three countries in the region is positive for a better positioning of China in Latin America and of Latin America in China,” he noted, adding that “China has become the defender of free trade.” The former minister explained that Ecuador and the region need to seek closer ties with China since their interests are compatible and complementary. “There is no doubt that China plays a very important role in the international arena. The Latin American region must pragmatically seek benefits, such as common projects,” he said. “The topic of financing is very important, especially with China’s participation on technology and infrastructure,” added Carrion. Overall, the former minister put a high value on Xi’s call for a more sustainable globalization process to guarantee the well-being of all countries and regions. “This is a demonstration of the strength of the Chinese economy,” he said. Related: Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, ChinaLatAm ties: Chinese FM

SANTIAGO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Chile will promote bilateral ecomonic cooperation, providing an opportunity to review the progress and challenges in the relationship, a Chilean expert said. “Bilateral economic and trade ties have reached the level where China is this country’s leading trading partner, and therefore that should be reflected by a strategic proposal to reinforce the relationship,” Osvaldo Rosales, a consultant and former director of International Trade and Integration at the Santiagobased Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean told Xinhua in a recent interview. Full story. Xi charts new course for China-LatAm community of common destiny LIMA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on China and Latin American countries to strengthen dialogue on global issues and boost cooperation on domestic development, in a bid to better build their community of common destiny on a new starting point in history. Xi made the remarks while addressing the Peruvian Congress on his first state visit to the country after attending the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima.

BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and ChinaLatin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday. The week-long tour, during which Xi met with foreign leaders and representatives from different walks of life in the three countries, and attended a string of bilateral and multilateral meetings and

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Life in China

by Samaria Deonauth

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here is an old Chinese saying, “You are not a man until you have walked the Great Wall,” and I have. It’s one of the many unbelievably life-altering experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have while I’ve been living in China. It’s been over two years since I’ve moved across the world, leaving the brilliant blue sky, and swaying trees in Guyana, to now being surrounded by climbing mountains, skyscrapers that demand you raise your head and people who are always so kind. This country never fails to surprise, not always in good ways but when you’re working and studying abroad everything is a new experience and they will all make for good stories that you can tell your friends later. I’ve been living in Dalian, an up and coming city in North Eastern China well known for its cold, windy winters, seafood and landmarks. Throughout my travels in China, it is still one of my favorite cities, it cannot compare to the picturesque French Concession in Shanghai, nor can it match Shanghai’s cityscape. It most definitely does not

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tower over Beijing’s forest of concrete skyscrapers that bounce prisms of light when hit by the sun, but it feels like home to me now and that’s enough. I try to travel as much as I can, as often as I can, and there are always wondrous adventures. While walking, The Great Wall was nothing short of extraordinary, there have been moments that I probably will never be able to forget. While visiting Inner Mongolia, passing mosques and temples, seeing the way of life of the locals there I was truly left in awe of how diverse Chinese culture can be. It differed greatly from the city life I had become to accustomed to. And in some ways, it was a bit reminiscent of Guyana, because it is not at all common in Dalian so see farm animals running around, or see people riding horses or even drinking fresh milk. But all of that was normal for the locals who lived on their farms, and reared horses, churned milk to make cheese and yogurt while clad in their colorful close, singing in their own language. It was in Inner Mongolia that I rode on


the back of a camel in the Gobi Desert, something I never even thought I’d do.

in Shanghai, where officers form defensive lines around crowds to ensure their safety.

It’s like taking the elevator up to the tallest building in Shanghai, while it rises at an incredible speed and when you’ve finally reached the top, you’re faced with a view that you can barely believe exists. It is a gorgeous sight to observe the Shanghai city scape from the Bund, but to sip on a cocktail while you take in the sight of the entire city is a priceless experience.

In a place where technology is at its most advanced, where very few things are impossible and you’re constantly trying new things, it’s difficult to not enjoy every moment of it. But when you’re also in a place where few speak your language, the culture is different and very few things feel like home so it does sometimes make me feel homesick. But I’ve learned to make do with curry from the Indian restaurants that even celebrate Phagwah, to speak Mandarin well enough to not get lost and not starve. I’ve been able to make new friends both Chinese and foreigners from all walks of the world while always learning something new about China. Living here is undoubtedly a challenging experience, it is however incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. China has become my home away from home and I’m not quite sure how I’ll ever leave it.

Whenever I return home, I’m usually thankful for a lot of things, but a lot of things are a bit of a culture shock for me now and some are borderline funny. When I’m stuck in traffic anywhere and I hear people complain about how slow it is, I remember being stuck in a sixteen-lane traffic jam in Beijing during rush hour, where moving a few inches was considered progress. Or when people complain the mall is too crowded, I think of what it’s like during the holidays walking along Nanjing Road

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‘Belt and Road’ takes new route

South Pacific finds its place on official TV demonstration map of trade, investment plan

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hina’s efforts to map new directions for its trade and investment and enhance its global standing got a further boost on Monday after the government included the South Pacific in the latest official route demonstration map of the “Belt and Road Initiative”. The map, released by China’s national television CCTV, shows the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road starting from Chinese coastal ports and running through the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and then Europe. The south line of the Maritime Silk Road extends eastward to the South Pacific. In conjunction with the land route of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the whole picture is completely consistent with the government’s action plan, jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce on March 28. The on-land belt showed three directions: from China to Central Asia and Russia, then to Europe; via Central Asia and Western Asia to the Persian

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Gulf and Mediterranean Sea; and via Southeast Asia and South Asia to the Indian Ocean. Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a government think tank, said that “the Belt and Road will become the world’s longest, most potential and most active economic corridors”, as they link the economic circles of East Asia, Europe and North America and account for about 75 percent of the global economy. After unveiling the principles, framework and cooperation priorities and mechanisms of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, in a bid to enhance regional connectivity, the government is going ahead with the implementation of the plan, and it said more significant construction projects will be released “step by step”. Ou Xiaoli, an official from the State Council’s special working group on the initiative, said on Friday at a seminar that every province, autonomous region and municipality will participate in the blueprint.


“The next step is to make specific plans by local governments guided by the general framework, and the whole progress will be pushed by the cooperation among different regions,” said Ou. The key infrastructure construction projects are the “breakthrough point” of the overall plan. Enterprises, other than the government, will push forward the development, he said. A primary project list has been approved by the leadership, according to Ou, but it is still confidential. He said the “Belt and Road” summit forum would be the main information platform and dialogue mechanism for leaders from more than 60 countries and regions involved. “Bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the region is expected to speed up,” said Ou. The “Belt and Road Initiative” was put forward by President Xi Jinping in 2013, with the purpose of rejuvenating the two ancient trading routes and further opening up the markets in a mutually beneficial manner. The president also highlighted the strategy while addressing the opening ceremony of the 2015 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia in the southernmost island province of Hainan. The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will provide financial support to relevant projects, and so far 52 countries and regions have joined or applied to join as founding members of the bank. Report: Companies must be aware of risks, rewards Companies from China should be aware of the significant risks and the considerable opportunities as the government implements a strategy to revive the historical trading connections along the ancient Silk Road, said a report from a United Kingdombased think tank. Though the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road offer many opportunities to boost trade, they also bring challenges due to the uncertain political, economic and regulatory conditions in the involved countries and regions despite their strategic importance to China’s foreign

relations, the Economist Intelligence Unit said in its report. Citing an example, the report highlighted the political stability risk in Kazakhstan and said popular protests could drive an increasingly nationalist agenda. Similarly, foreign firms may suffer unfair rulings on contractual disputes in the local courts in Vietnam. Labor market risks in Malaysia may increase as the labor shortages are likely to persist, it said. In addition, security reasons, government effectiveness, tax policies and the standard of local infrastructure may also create barriers for China’s plan. Liu Qian, director of China Forecasting Services at the EIU, said: “While there are opportunities, the strong policy support for the strategy may prove a weakness if Chinese companies fall into a false sense of security about the government’s scheme.” The report also assessed credit risks in more than 60 countries and regions likely to fall under the “Belt and Road Initiative”, using quantitative and qualitative indicators across different categories, including sovereign, currency and banking sector risks.

China’s Belt and Road initiative brings new opportunities for China-EU cooperation BERLIN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- China’s new Silk Road initiative brings new opportunities for cooperation between China and the European Union (EU). As China’s leading trading partner, the EU should respond actively to the initiative in order to formulate its own interests in economic growth and political influence, experts told Xinhua in recent interviews. China in 2013 proposed to build the Silk Road Economic Belt, which links China with Europe through Central and Western Asia by inland routes, and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road connecting China with Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe by sea.

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‘Belt and Road’ takes new route The Belt and Road Initiative aims at promoting policy coordination, infrastructure connectivity, trade and financial integration as well as cultural exchange. “In my view, this initiative is the most important strategic proposal on the planet,” said Helga ZeppLaRouche, founder and president of the Schiller Institute, an international think tank. She said that the Belt and Road Initiative is based on win-win cooperation and overcomes geopolitical confrontations which threaten to “bring the world close to war. It has a potential to help the world to get rid of its current crises.” Currently, over 70 countries and international organizations have taken part in the Belt and Road Initiative and some 30 countries have signed deals with China to jointly push forward the initiative. “If it succeeds, the initiative will create new wealth growth opportunities in the vast Eurasian continent and seas,” said Gu Xuewu, director of Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn, “Its importance cannot be underestimated.” For China-EU cooperation, it also means great opportunities, he added. Since 2004, the EU has been China’s leading trading partner. “The Belt and Road Initiative can help to strengthen Chinese-European trade relations by establishing new transport routes and by improving the investment environment in countries along the new Silk Road,” said Benno Bunse, CEO of Germany’s economic development agency Germany Trade & Invest. “German trading companies for example can profit by new and more efficient logistics routes between China and Europe along the New Eurasian Land Bridge,” he said, “Investment in countries along the new Silk Road such as Kazakhstan, Iran, India or Sri Lanka, can help to open up new markets.” Bunse expected Chinese and German companies to cooperate on projects as suppliers of special-

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purpose machinery, building materials or professional and management services. “German companies hope to gain benefits from projects under the Belt and Road framework. That is also one reason why the German government decided to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),” he said. Among the 20 non-regional founding members of AIIB, an international bank initiated by China to finance projects in the Asia-Pacific region, 17 come from Europe. According to Gu, Europe’s favorable attitude toward the Belt and Road Initiative is due to its own strategic interests. “It will be beneficial for Germany and Europe if the initiative leads to infrastructural modernization of the region along the Silk Road and makes it a new strategic hinterland for Europe’s economic growth,” Gu said. “This is a vital interest for Europe,” emphasized Zepp-LaRouche, “Right now, if you don’t develop the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, the refugee stream will become bigger and bigger.” Cooperation has already started. In June last year, China and the EU declared they would build synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 315 billion euros (350 billion U.S. dollars) investment plan. However, experts said the EU could do more to engage with China under the Belt and Road framework. “The next step for the EU is to reach out to China and communicate a desire to work together on infrastructure cooperation, not just in Europe (as is currently the norm), but also in Europe’s greater neighborhood,” said Netherlands Institute of International Relations researchers Jikkie Verlare and Frans-Paul van der Putten in a policy brief.


China’s Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean Preface

The world today is undergoing unprecedented historical changes, with multi-polarization and globalization gaining momentum. The rise of emerging markets and developing countries has become an irresistible historical trend. At the same time, the world economy is recovering amidst twists and turns. Global and regional hot-spot issues take place frequently. Traditional and non-traditional security threats are intertwined. Safeguarding world peace and promoting common development remains a daunting task. China has entered a crucial stage in achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. In order to fulfill the “two centenary goals” of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020 and turning the nation into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious by the mid21st century, China has been actively promoting the construction of a socialist market economy, socialist democracy, advanced culture, a harmonious society, as well as ecological civilization. China adheres to the independent foreign policy of peace and is unswerving in its implementation of the opening-up policy. China stands ready to expand common interests with other countries, promote the construction of a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation at the core, and forge a community of shared future.

The development of China cannot be possible without the development of other developing countries, including countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2013, the Chinese leadership has set forth a series of major initiatives and measures on strengthening China’s relations and cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean in a wide range of areas, which has provided new development goals and new driving forces for the relations. Building on the previous achievements, the Chinese government hereby releases its second policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean, to summarize experience, draw a blueprint for the future, provide a comprehensive explanation of the new ideas, proposals and initiatives in China’s Latin America and Caribbean policy for the new era, and promote China’s cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean in various areas. Part IV Further Strengthening Cooperation in All Fields 2. In the Economic Field (1) Trade Efforts will be made to tap into trade potentials between the two sides, promote the trade of specialty products, goods with competitive advantages or high added-value, and technology-intensive products, and strengthen trade in services and e-commerce ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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China’s Policy Paper ... cooperation between China and Latin American and Caribbean countries. Based on the principle of reciprociy and mutual benefit, China will discuss with Latin American and Caribbean countries the establishment of longterm and stable trade relations and various trade facilitation arrangements including the FTA. Trade frictions will be properly handled to promote sound and balanced development and structural diversification of trade between the two sides. (2) In d u st r i al I nve st m e nt an d C a pa c ity Cooperation China will encourage its enterprises to expand and optimize investment in Latin American and Caribbean countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. China wishes to sign more agreements on investment protection, avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion with Latin American and Caribbean countries, so as to create favorable environment and conditions for investment cooperation between enterprises of both sides.

Upholding the principle of business-led and market-oriented cooperation for mutual economic and social benefits, China will support the efforts of Chinese enterprises to invest and start business in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and align highquality capacity and advantageous equipment of China with the needs of Latin American and Caribbean countries, in order to help the countries in need to enhance their capacity for independent development.

(3) Financial Cooperation China will support its financial institutions to strengthen business exchanges and cooperation with national, regional and international financial institutions in Latin American and Caribbean countries and further improve the construction of branch networks in the region. Efforts will be made to enhance dialogue and cooperation between the central banks and financial regulatory authorities of the two sides, expand crossborder local currency settlement, discuss

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RMB clearing arrangements, and steadily promote monetary cooperation. On the basis of bilateral financial cooperation, and giving full play to the role of China-Latin America Cooperation Fund, concessional loans, special loans for Chinese-Latin American infrastructure, China-Latin American Production Capacity Cooperation Investment Fund, and relevant financing arrangements between China and Caribbean countries, China will actively explore cooperation forms including insurance and financial lease, continuously expand cooperation with regional financial institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and support cooperation in key areas and major projects between the two sides. (4) Energy and Resources Cooperation China wishes to expand and deepen cooperation in the fields of energy and resources with Latin American and Caribbean countries based on the principle of win-win cooperation and sustainable development. Efforts will be made to bring cooperation to upstream business such as exploration and development, so as to consolidate the foundation for cooperation and expand resources potentials; and at the same time, cooperation will be extended to downstream and supporting industries such as smelting, processing, logistics trade and equipment manufacturing, so as to improve added value of products. China is ready to actively explore with Latin American and Caribbean countries the establishment of mechanisms for longterm supply of energy and resources products and local currency pricing and settlement, to reduce the impact of external economic and financial risks. (5) Infrastructure Cooperation China will strengthen cooperation on technical consultation, construction and engineering, equipment manufacturing and operation management in the fields of transportation, trade logistics, storage facilities, information and communication technology, energy and power, water conservancy, housing and urban construction. China will support


and encourage competent enterprises and financial institutions to actively participate in the planning and construction of logistics, power and information passages in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and actively explore new ways of cooperation, such as the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, so as to promote the connectivity of infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. (6) Manufacturing Cooperation China will support its strong enterprises to participate in major resources and energy development projects and infrastructure construction projects in Latin American and Caribbean countries and, using these projects as the basis, to build production lines and maintenance service bases in the region for construction materials, non-ferrous metals, engineering machinery, locomotives and rolling stock, electric power and communication equipment, with the purpose of reducing costs for resources and energy development and infrastructure construction in Latin American and Caribbean countries. China will encourage its enterprises to go to Latin American and Caribbean countries to carry out cooperation in such fields as automobiles, new energy equipment, motorcycles and chemical industry, which will cover the whole industrial chain, so that the two sides can complement each other, increase local employment, upgrade the level of industrialization and promote local economic and social development. Based on the business-led and marketoriented principles, discussiones will be held on the joint construction of industrial parks, logistics parks, high-tech industrial parks, special economic zones and other industrial agglomeration areas, so as to help Latin American and Caribbean countries in their industrial upgrading. Exchanges and cooperation between small and mediumsized enterprises of the two sides will be encouraged by building relevant platforms and creating good environment for them.

(7) Agricultural Cooperation Efforts will be made to encourage enterprises on both sides to actively engage in agricultural trade, push for further exchanges and cooperation in agricultural science and technology, personnel training and other fields, deepen cooperation in livestock and poultry breeding, forestry, fishery and aquaculture, and jointly promote food security. China will continue to set up and improve agricultural technology demonstration programs, promote the development and demonstration of modern agricultural technologies, and enhance agricultural technology innovation, agricultural production and processing capacity and international competitiveness on both sides. Bilateral mechanisms for agricultural information exchanges and cooperation will be improved while giving full play to the role of the special fund for ChinaLatin America agricultural cooperation, and more agricultural cooperation projects are encouraged. (8) Scientific and Technological Innovation China will actively explore the expansion of its cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean countries in high-tech fields such as information industry, civil aviation, civil nuclear energy and new energy, to build more joint laboratories, R&D centers and hightech parks, support innovative enterprises and research institutions on both sides to carry out exchanges and cooperation, and promote joint research and development. China will encourage dialogue and exchanges between scientific and technological talents on both sides, and support more outstanding young scientists from Latin America and the Caribbean to come to China for short-term scientific research. (9) Space Cooperation China will actively explore cooperation between the two sides in such fields as communication and remote sensing satellites, satellite data application, aerospace infrastructure, and space education and training, and promote space

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China’s Policy Paper ... technology application in disaster prevention and mitigation, agricultural and forestry monitoring, climate change and other fields. China will pay full attention to the role of space technology as a driving force for the scientific, technological and industrial development of Latin American and Caribbean countries, and promote sustainable development in science and technology and the economic fields. (10) Maritime Cooperation China will actively explore cooperation between the two sides in marine science and technology, marine ecological environment protection, marine climate change, marine disaster prevention and mitigation and other fields, and carry out marine economic development in accordance with local conditions, so as to promote the development of maritime affairs between the two sides. (11) Cooperation on Customs and Quality Inspection Exchanges and consultations between customs and quality inspection departments from both sides will be strengthened, to promote trade security and facilitation, and ensure product quality and food safety. China will advance the implementation, negotiation, or signing of cooperation documents with Latin American and Caribbean countries regarding customs administrative assistance, animal and plant products quarantine access, etc. Active steps will be taken to carry out cooperation and exchanges on customs capacity building,

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trade facilitation, capacity building, goods trade statistics, and standardization. (12) Cooperation Between Trade and Investment Promotion Institutions and Business Associations of the Two Sides China will deepen its cooperation with trade and investment promotion institutions and business associations in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and facilitate, by making use of relevant mechanisms and platforms for bilateral and collective cooperation, exchanges between enterprises of the two sides, so as to achieve win-win cooperation. (13) Economic and Technical Assistance Based on full respect for the will of related countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in accordance with China’s financial capacity and level of economic and social development, China will continue to provide economic and technical assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries without attaching any political conditions and, in accordance with the needs of related countries, gradually increase the scale of assistance within its capacity. China will innovate the assistance model, giving priority to human resources development, development planning, economic policy consulting and training, infrastructure construction, agriculture and food security, poverty reduction, climate change and humanitarian assistance.


POWERCHINA International Group Limited

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he Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA) provides comprehensive and full-range of services from planning, investigation, designing, consulting, civil works construction to M&E installation and manufacturing services in the fields of hydropower, thermal power, new energy and infrastructure. Our business also extends into real estate, investment, finance, and O&M services. By the end of June 2015, POWERCHINA had total assets of USD 70.4 billion and 200,000 employees. The annual revenue in 2014 was USD 42.4 billion. By the end of June 2015, POWERCHINA performed 1,565 overseas projects in 110 countries in the fields of engineering construction, design consultation and equipment manufacturing.

POWERCHINA ranked 253th in the Fortune 500 in 2015, the 313th in 2014 and the 354th in 2013. In 2015, POWERCHINA was ranked the 3rd in the ENR Top 150 Global Design Firms and the 30th in the ENR Top 225 International Design Firms. POWERCHINA INTL acts as the oversea headquarter and core player to mobilize POWERCHINA member enterprises. We intend to launch uniform strategic planning, brand management, market layout & marketing, project performance supervision, and risk prevention, share all kinds of resources worldwide, and keep the ordered, sound, and steady development of the international business of POWERCHINA by means of institution, contracts, copyright, evaluation and administration.

Contact: Mr. Ma Weixuan Mobile: +1 868 7159872 Email: maweixuan@powerchina-intl.com Website: en.powerchina.cn

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in keeping the homeland security and people safe, which earns us great reputation. Currently, Nuctech has become an internationally famous brand in the security & inspection industry.

Covering Civil Aviation, Customs, Railway, Highway, Urban Railway, Logistics, Judiciary, Big Events and other security areas, Nuctech helps our customers

As a responsible Chinese high-tech enterprise, Nuctech focus on the security domain and devotes itself to becoming the leader in the global security market. Enhancing the customers’ value with the ever ongoing innovation, feeding back the society by creating more advanced security products and solutions, we are committed to creating a safer nation, as well as a safer world!

uctech Company Limited (Nuctech), derived from Tsinghua University and founded in 1997, is an advanced security & inspection solution and service supplier in the world. Relying on independent innovation and following the customers’ demands, Nuctech provides the most advanced technology, superb products and integrated solutions in the security inspection industry to our customers from more than 140 countries and areas in the globe.

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Brief Introduction of

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC)

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Artist rendering of the proposed CJIA Airport

Extension of Cheddi Jagan International Airport Project, Guyana

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Pulp and Paper in Hunan Company

About China Paper

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hina Chengtong Holdings Group Ltd. (“China Chengtong”) is among large-scale enterprises owned by China’s central government. The total assets of the Group are more than $15 billion. China Chengtong’s main business scope is state-owned asset operation, integrated logistics services and logistics park construction, Integration of agriculture and forestry, international trading business. The Group is also actively involved in commodity market operations, tourism, cultural industries, packaging and circulation of agricultural industries. China Chengtong has entered into the business field of full market competition more than 20 years ago with a rapid and steady growth. By the end of 2012, the Group owns more than 110 subsidiaries in China and overseas countries. The oversea business mainly focuses on the medium to longterm industrial investment. China Paper Corporation (China Paper) is the second

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Agroforestry-Silvopasture System in Hunan Company


Eco-Industrial Garden with Plantation in Ningxia Company

4-Agroforestry-Alley Cropping System in Hunan Company

Nursery Garden in Hunan Company

largest enterprise owned by China Chengtong which undertakes the integration of agriculture and forestry industries. The key businesses involved are: forest plantation and agro-forestry, agricultural and forest product processing, pulp and paper, eco-industrial park construction, biomass power generation and bio-energy service. China Paper holds four publicly listed companies with total assets of $ 6 billion. During last 10 years, China Paper provided more than 20,000 jobs for the people in different areas in China. Standard Agroforestry Inc. is a Guyanese localized company wholly owned by China Paper Corporation. The company aims to invest in Guyana’s untapped agricultural land, with a sound cooperation of local partners to engage in the whole industrial chain from plantation to processing of agricultural and forest products. An integrated Agro Eco-Industrial

System would be established for the purpose of creating a high value-added and international competitive agro and forest products with a sustainable business practices. The Agro Eco-Industrial system would be developed and operated as a public private partnership including Chinese, Guyanese and other international partners. It will encompass agricultural and forest processing and distribution companies, equipment manufacturers, energy generators and manufacturers using planted biomass and discarded biomass. Organic agriculture training and research center, and several large scaled plantation farms will also be incorporated into the system. Eco Agro-Industrial System Motto: “Grow a Better World� ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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News Reports Chinese investors want level playing field By Staff Reporter - January 31, 2016 Guyana Chronicle

GOVERNMENT has assured Chinese companies operating in Guyana of its commitment to enabling a fair playground for all in the country’s business sector, but urged them to keep abreast with the foreign investment polices here. At the Annual Dinner organized by the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG) at the Marriot Hotel on Friday evening, when that organization also launched its 2016 business magazine, President David Granger, who gave the feature address at the event at, assured the Chinese entrepreneurs of Guyana’s commitment to ensuring a fair playing field for the foreign businesses to operate here. Before the President spoke, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, while addressing members of the Government, the Chinese business community here, and other officials, called on the companies to ensure their awareness of the policies of the Government. While declaring his excitement at staging of the event, the ambassador said that Chinese companies in Guyana are not only promoters of China and Guyana’s economic corporation and trade, but they have also made committed efforts in the development of the country over the years. “They have made important contributions to the economic and social development of Guyana,” he said. To this end, Ambassador Limin called on the companies doing business here to keep abreast with the policies of the Government. “I would like to take this opportunity to suggest to the Chinese companies in Guyana that, in the future, please follow closely and keep aware of the policy changes on investments in attracting foreign investments in Guyana,” he expounded. Ambassador Limin alluded to the presence of a number of Government officials at the event as he spoke of China’s economy, which he noted has developed quickly over the past decade. He said China

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has been providing assistance to Guyana for many years, and he singled out assistance given to the Guyana Police Force, the City of Georgetown, and provision of medical equipment to the Georgetown Public Hospital. “ C h i n a w i l l co nt i n u e to s u p p o r t G u ya n a ’s development,” Ambassador Limin said through a translator. President Granger told those in attendance that the two countries have been united by the unbreakable bond of their history and friendship for decades. “We must celebrate that history, we must strengthen that bond, we must deepen that friendship for the mutual benefit of our people and to the benefit of our country”, he said. The president noted that while the Chinese population in Guyana has always been small when compared to the other ethnic groups in the country, the contributions of the Chinese to Guyana’s development has been important. He alluded to the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, which will be celebrated in another 8 days. The Head of State said Government is committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to function; and according to him, the country is committed to safeguarding these investments provided the rights of the people and the country’s laws are respected. “We are all committed to working closely with our Chinese brothers and sisters in the commercial sector”, the President said, as he thanked Government officials who attended the event for their interest shown. Those present included the Ministers of Public Infrastructure and the Minister of Telecommunications. President Granger said Guyana would love to see a thriving commercial sector, but also a thriving productive sector. Speaking on the $230B Budget which was presented earlier in the day in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, the Head of State said the budget lays the foundation for growth, increased economic activity, and greater competitiveness. “It is a pro-business, pro-growth Budget. It also addresses important challenges within our social


sector and the need to bridge the disparities between the hinterland and coastland and between rural and urban (communities),” the Head of State said.

contribute to transforming the economic landscape once again, as they did more than a century-and-ahalf ago.

Meanwhile, the business magazine which was launched on Friday evening gives an insight into the Chinese companies which are operating in Guyana. Information is provided on their future plans, and their contributions to the economy are highlighted. The annual publication was produced by the Corbin Media Group, Inc.

Noting further that there is much more to economic growth than merely buying and selling goods, the president couldn’t help but emphasise the need for a thriving manufacturing sector. “We must first produce the goods we want to sell; we must balance what we import with what we export,” President Granger said, adding: “Guyana, therefore, welcomes investors not only in trading, but also in agroprocessing, energy-generation, engineering, fishing, housing, information technology, manufacturing, mining, telecommunications and tourism. “Everyone wins with an enlarged, export-driven economy. Guyana looks to foreign investors including the Chinese.”

(President David Granger, left, and Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, applaud after unveiling the 2016 Business Magazine of the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG)--By Alva Solomon)

President Granger welcomes Chinese investment

By Fareeza Haniff - February 22, 2016 - Guyana Chronicle UNDERSCORING their significant contributions since their arrival here 163 years ago, President David Granger on Sunday urged those Chinese who’ve made Guyana their second home to keep on investing in the country’s development. He also had nothing but praise for the 40-odd years of diplomatic relations Guyana enjoys with China. “Chinese enterprise in Guyana today has been fostered by 44 years of friendly diplomatic relations and resourceful commercial connections,” President Granger said in his address to mark the occasion, as he and First Lady Sandra Granger joined Chinese from all across Guyana to usher in the Year of the Monkey at the New Thriving Restaurant in down-town Georgetown. Noting that his government is committed to fortifying that friendship forged between our two nations many moons ago, President Granger said Guyanese welcome with open arms those Chinese nationals who want to

Noting that he had the backing of the entire Cabinet, President Granger said: “Investors can be assured of the encouragement of our Ministries: Agriculture, Business, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure, Public Telecommunications and the Presidency itself, as they seek to explore, expand and enlarge new markets for products made in Guyana.” Of the invaluable contribution of the Chinese government to Guyana in the areas of culture and education, President Granger said: “We would like to congratulate the Confucius Institute, which was co-founded by the University of Guyana and the Dalian University of Foreign Languages two years ago, and inaugurated by His Excellency Zhang Limin, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Guyana.” Ambassador Zhang, in turn, pointed out that China has an ancient history and splendid culture. “The Confucius Institute at our national university,” he said, “provides a bridge for cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between Guyana and China.” And, quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping, Ambassador Zhang said: “Civilizations have become richer and more colourful with exchanges and mutual learning.” It is the government’s hope that the Confucius Institute will be a platform for mutual learning between Guyanese and Chinese peoples. The traditional dinner on the occasion of the ‘Year of the Red Monkey’ was organised by the Chinese Association of Guyana.

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News Reports Chairman of the Board, Badruddin Hassan, stated that when completed, this will be the first such institution to have such a facility. He thanked the ACEG for its continued support, and said it shows the commitment of Chinese businesses to helping and supporting institutions such as Shaheed Orphanages.

(President David Granger and First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger (second from left) having dinner with Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin (on President Granger right) and other members of the Chinese community in Guyana. Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and his wife and Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland were also in attendance--By Svetlana Marshall)

The New York-based Save Abee Foundation is also playing a major role in providing funds to create the playground. The General Secretary of the ACEG, Jason Wang, said the association is committed to helping the Guyanese community in moulding its children into strong and healthy persons, and helping to provide a safe environment for them to play and study. He said the association is pleased to be associated with the orphanages and to assist in this manner, and will continue to be part of such endeavours. He pointed out that this is the association’s way of giving back to the society. Wang also said the association is proud to be working alongside other groups in this project, as this shows the fundamental intention of Chinese businesses in regard to building the Guyanese society. The ACEG is calling on other sections of the society, as well as the media, to support these institutions and to focus more on such ventures, since the children of Guyana deserve the attention and more.

(When addressing the guests, President thanks Chinese community for the success Guyana is today--By Svetlana Marshall)

The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana assists Shaheed Orphanages

By Staff Reporter - April 18, 2016--Guyana Chronicle THE Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana (ACEG) is assisting the Shaheed Orphanages in their efforts to create a playfield for the children at the Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara location of the Girls’ Orphanages.Secretary of the Orphanage Board, Hakeem Khan, said the ACEG has been providing help to the project, which is nearly completed, with the donation of $300,000 worth of sand for the landfilling. “The association will provide the sand now to create a play area to house the complete play equipment being donated by Guyana Goldfields Inc. The Board of Management of the institution, a few years ago, undertook the project to create the facility for the orphans and vulnerable children,” Khan noted.

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This current phase of the project, costing approximately $4 million, will see creation of the playground, construction of a concrete tarmac for all-weather usage, filling of the ground and area identified for the play area, construction of concrete perimeter drains, construction of a recreational benab and other facilities, installation of play equipment, and installation of floodlights. The purchase of maintenance equipment for the playfield is also included in this phase, and landscaping and planting of trees are also slated for the project. Donation of machinery for this phase of the project has been done by M Mohamed Shafeek Construction Company of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo and Mohamed Raffik & Sons Construction Company of Corentyne, Berbice. The complete play equipment is being donated by Guyana Goldfields Inc & Aurora Gold Mining Company (AGM). Several other persons and businesses have chipped in to assist in completion of the project. When completed, the facility will allow the children to


enjoy outdoor sporting and recreational activities and the staging of the Orphans’ Fun Day and other recreational activities.

in hundreds of forms and yet, all those different languages retain the same features which make “language.”

The project started several years ago with the board spending over $3M in the initial phase, but lack of funds as well as the need to divert limited resources to other more important needs saw the project being stagnated until late last year.

One such feature, it might be argued, is that language is often reflective of the culture from which it emerges. So, language can teach us a lot about the way of life of certain peoples, the beliefs and philosophies of certain societies, and the things that are most valued and appreciated by a certain culture. In short, if you know the language then you will know the people. For example, if a language contains six different words for “rice”, then surely it indicates that rice has an important place in the culture from which that language emerged. Similarly, if a language has no word to describe “rice”, then we can assume that rice is relegated to an inferior position in that culture and society or that rice may not even be found within such a society.

(Secretary of the Orphanage Board, Hakeem Khan)

Of course, these are hypothetical examples, but they do reflect the way in which language and culture are often connected. In fact, we do not need to look very far in order to see how language reflects what is happening in a society. Take the words used in our very own Caribbean to denigrate homosexuals, for example: “antiman,” “chichi man,” “fish,” “battyboy,” “fag” and so on. Does this range of discriminatory words not highlight the homophobia that runs rampant throughout most of the Caribbean?

Certificate of Appreciation from The Shaheeds Boys & Girls Orphanages

The Confucius Institute – Language, Culture, and the New Chinese Presence in Guyana

By Staff Reporter - October 1, 2016--Guyana Chronicle Language is one of the most obvious things that set humans apart from other animals. It is a form of communication that is varied and manifests itself

Similarly, think of why Guyanese people would need to create the word “backtrack” to describe illegal entry into other countries, or the word “gyaff” to describe a particular kind of chatting done in this part of the world. We made those words, and many others, because those are things are prevalent in our society and our need to name them and to allocate particular words to those particular actions tells a lot about Guyana and the Guyanese society. The point being made here is that words and language are crucial to knowing and to understanding a society and the culture of that society. Words, and even the lack of them, can be very telling. The Confucius Institute (named after China’s greatest philosopher) is a school that thoroughly understands the importance of language and how languageACEG Business Magazine 2017

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News Reports learning is tied to learning about societies and culture. The school, coming out of China, has partnered with several universities and learning institutions around the world in order to teach Chinese language (Mandarin) to non-native speakers, as well as showcase to the rest of the world various aspects of Chinese knowledge and culture. The branch of the Institute that is found here in Guyana is tied to the University of Guyana (UG), where the Director of that particular branch is Ms. Janet Ma, and has been in existence since 2013, offering courses in Chinese language, Tai Chi, and many other activities in order to expose Guyanese people to China and things Chinese. The Institute is known for hosting exhibitions, stage performances and fairs in an effort to get more Guyanese interested in the activities being put on by the Institute. Importantly, the Institute takes part in the World Storytelling Day and World Poetry Day activities, where Chinese tales and poems are relayed to the Guyanese audience. Earlier this year, a production was held at the National Cultural Centre where Chinese folk forms, such as dance and music, were showcased for the local audience. As recently as the end of September this year, another exhibition was held on the Turkeyen campus of the University of Guyana where students were allowed to view traditional Chinese clothes and crafts, and were also exposed to ancient Chinese performances, such as the playing of musical instruments, Chinese folkdances, and the ancient art of pouring tea. As discussed earlier, language is the main focus of the Confucius Institute. However, according to Al Creighton, the local Director of UG’s Confucius Institute, the Institute has plans to explore a number of other exchanges in Chinese culture and other academic disciplines, where experts from China can be brought in to teach in different areas, as well as teaching people in Guyana the language so after they have achieved a certain level of prowess and achievement in Mandarin, they would be able to go to China and further their studies. Mr. Creighton also highlighted that it is possible for people through the Institute to get scholarships to go and study at Chinese universities, with the possibility of academic exchange for research. Without a doubt, it does seem as though the act of learning a language, while, as we have discussed earlier, can be reflective, on a holistic scale, of societies and cultures; the act

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of learning Mandarin at the Confucius Institute, on an individualistic level, seems to bring about other rewards that the students of the classes will definitely find beneficial to their own goals and academic ambitions. For example, last summer, a group of students from the Institute’s Mandarin classes were taken on a trip to China where they were able to get a first-hand experience of Chinese language and culture. Mr. Creighton also pointed out that there are existing relationships between China and Guyana and that the Institute offers an opportunity for Guyanese people to get to know and to understand Chinese people instead of adhering and promoting the many stereotypes which exist. The dismantling of stereotypes, which is aided by the learning of Mandarin and the exposure to Chinese culture being offered by the Institute, is something that can help to reinforce the links between the two countries while simultaneously allowing the local populace a chance to gain a better understanding of an entire nation of people. While some may not regard language-learning as an agency for change, the whole concept of language and its purpose, rooted in communication, proves that language is an important tool, whether political or social, and that it is powerful enough to help bridge the gap between locals and the Chinese. The Institute is also important because of Guyana’s historical connection to China. Of course, anyone familiar with Guyanese history should know that there were Chinese immigrants who came to Guyana as indentured labourers. However, because the local Chinese population has always been so small and, in some ways, rather reserved, it has been difficult throughout the years for people to get a thorough understanding of Chinese culture by being immersed in it, in the same way that, on a daily basis, we are immersed in African and East Indian culture. The Confucius Institute offers Guyanese people, then, a chance to experience a culture that is a part of their own history. Although there have been other efforts over the years, the Confucius Institute remains a strong avenue for Guyanese people to learn more about the Chinese component of our history.


(A chart of the Chinese Zodiac--By Subraj Singh)

(A dragon costume on display at the Exhibition--By Subraj Singh)

(One of the Chinese instruments used in performance at the Exhibition--By Subraj Singh)

Minister Gaskin woos Chinese investors

of secondary products it needs to rapidly accelerate its infrastructure development, and that this could create opportunities for Chinese companies with the necessary expertise. The minister, who is in the Asian nation this week to attend the 10th China-Latin America and Caribbean Trade Summit, told a high-powered group of Chinese investors that both Guyana and China can benefit by matching excess capacity in China’s infrastructural sector with Guyana’s need for improved infrastructure. Addressing an audience of investors, CEOs, CARICOM Ambassadors and Chinese media representatives at Guyana’s Embassy in Beijing, Minister Gaskin stated that in order to better exploit its natural resources, Guyana needed access to expertise, technology and markets for agricultural products and other processed goods. The Minister explained that with increased mechanisation and investments in the agricultural sector Guyana could be a key contributor to food security in the Caribbean. He advised representatives of several business groupings that they were welcome to visit Guyana at any time in order to explore linkages and see for themselves the kinds of opportunities that existed. He also issued an invitation to Chinese companies to attend the next GuyExpo which is scheduled for September, 2017. In response to a query concerning airline connectivity, the Minister of Business acknowledged that Guyana did not currently have direct flights to many of the major global destinations and that this was due to the low demand resulting from Guyana’s small population and underdeveloped tourism potential. He stated that Guyana was promoting nature tourism and that the issue of low airlift would be addressed as tourism to Guyana increases. The well attended event was organised to highlight Guyana’s investment prospects and to introduce the Minister to the Chinese business sector.

By admin - October 18, 2016--Guyana Chronicle

MINISTER of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin last Wednesday declared that the economic priorities of the Government of Guyana can create opportunities for Chinese businesses in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture and infrastructure development.He explained that Guyana, despite being a small economy, had natural resources and agricultural lands on par with more developed countries and that his government was seeking to fully exploit these advantages for the benefit of the Guyanese people. The Minister stressed that in order for Guyana to become a more competitive producer

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News Reports The Chinese in Guyana

By STAFF WRITER February 5, 2013--Stabroek News This brief feature on the Chinese which has been edited, was first published by the Stabroek News on January 9, 1988. The presence of new Chinese immigrants among us is often remarked upon. They are, however, merely the latest wave in a continuing story of immigration to this country. January 12, 2013, marked the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese in Guyana. Immigrants The first 647 Chinese were brought into the colony of British Guiana in three ships during 1853. The first boat to dock on January 12, 1853 was the Glentanner, carrying 262 passengers from Amoy. These were distributed amongst the plantations of Windsor Forest (West Coast Demerara), Pouderoyen (West Bank Demerara) and La Jalousie (West Coast Demerara), while one lone soul was sent to Union in Essequibo. Shortly afterwards, a Bookers boat, the Lord Elgin, arrived on January 17. She only disembarked 85 passengers, however, since 44.8 per cent of her original complement had died on the voyage. The high mortality was attributed to the fact that after the vessel had sprung a leak, some rice stowed below decks had become saturated and had begun to ferment. The badly ventilated ship was consequently soon filled with sulphurated hydrogen. The survivors from this ordeal were sent to Blankenburg on the West Coast of Demerara. A third boat arriving in March of 1853 disembarked 300 Chinese. These first immigrants were exclusively male; women were not brought in until 1860, when the Whirlwind and Dora arrived from Hong Kong carrying 61 and 138 female passengers respectively. According to Cecil Clementi, who wrote a history of the Chinese in Guyana in the early 20th century, the percentage of women in the total Chinese immigration was only 14.2 per cent. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the vast majority of Chinese men had to seek partners outside their own ethnic grouping. Unlike other groups, repatriation to their original homeland was particularly difficult for the Chinese. Apart from two exceptions which occurred in 1870 and 1871 when 29 Chinese prevailed upon the governor to pay their passages to Calcutta, after which they were to find their own way to China, home-bound Chinese

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had to pay their own fares. Nevertheless, this did not deter would-be emigrants from leaving the country. They could not return home easily, but they went in some numbers to Suriname, Trinidad, Saint Lucia and even Jamaica. According to Clementi’s calculations, the total number of Chinese who entered the country between 1853 and 1913 stood at 15,720. In 1911 there were only 2,622 of them resident here, which meant, said Clementi, that almost 9 out of 10 men had left again, and approximately half the women. Hopetown Like other 19th century immigrants, Chinese were imported to work on the plantations. When their period of indenture had been completed, some did consent to re-indenture themselves but as mentioned above, many left the country altogether. There was one group, however, which with the assistance of Governor Hincks set up a settlement in the Kamuni Creek, approximately 30 miles up the Demerara River. The leader of the settlement was O Tye Kim, who had originally come from the Straits Settlements (Singapore and other territories which are nowadays part of Malaysia). Educated by the London Missionary Society in Singapore, he had worked as a surveyor in the latter colony. It was as a missionary, however, that he first arrived in this country, and he was soon to acquire considerable influence among the Chinese immigrants. Kim played a critical role in the establishment of Hopetown village in 1865, and after some initial difficulties it was deemed a success story within the space of a year. The foundation of its economy was charcoal burning, which the Chinese did more efficiently than the local people. The latter burnt in pits, while the Hopetown residents built special clay furnaces which could handle larger quantities of wood and turned out a better quality product. The charcoal was sold at an outlet in Georgetown, and because it was cheaper than that produced by anyone else, it soon came to monopolise the market. It was through money made in Hopetown that some Chinese were able to break into the retail trade despite Portuguese domination in that area. The traditional association of the Chinese with commerce in this country, therefore, began with the Hopetown settlers. Unfortunately the Hopetown success story was to fade out for a variety of reasons, one of which was the departure of O Tye Kim. After being officially appointed Missionary to the Chinese by the Bishop


of Guiana in 1866, an indiscretion the following year caused O Tye Kim to flee, and the settlement was left to manage as best it might without him. In fact, it went into a steady decline from which it never recovered, as a consequence of which no further experiments along these lines were ever attempted.

between 1859 and 1866 there was a continuous annual arrival of Chinese in the colony. It constituted 11,984 persons, 88.5 per cent of all the Chinese immigrants who came to British Guiana. According to records passed on to their descendants, as early as 1859 several Chinese came to the colony as non-indentured immigrants. They were sometimes professionals with their families. In addition to the normal indentured immigrants, there were refugees − members of the aristocracy fleeing the Taiping rebellion and rebels overthrown by the imperial army. (Extracted from ‘British Guiana’s immigration dilemma…’ Part II by Cecilia McAlmont, first published in Stabroek News on February 20, 2003)

Govt must change its attitude to Chinese investment – Ramkarran October 3, 2016--Guyana Times (A Chinese immigrant’s view of exploitation on a sugar estate.)

….as APNU/AFC antagonism continues to hurt economy.

Why the Chinese came to Guyana

China has been good for Guyana; aid and investment have flowed liberally and Guyana has benefited greatly but unfortunately the present government, when in opposition, took a negative position on the activities of Chinese companies in Guyana and it has brought some of that sentiment in its policies.

By STAFF WRITER February 5, 2013--Stabroek News The desire of the Guianese planters and the imperatives of British foreign policy notwithstanding, it was ultimately conditions in China which determined the quantum and regularity of immigrants from China. The conflict with Britain and the other Western countries that were eager to force China to open her doors to trade, simply exacerbated the soci-economic conditions which were causing Chinese people to flee their country in search of a better life. Overpopulation in China and periodic famines had always acted as an incentive for emigration. However, by the middle of the 19th century, the financial and political problems facing the ailing and corrupt Ching dynasty were exacerbated by its defeat by Britain in two wars during the 1840s and 1850s. The continuing hardships led to constant peasant revolts. The worst of these was the Taiping Massacre of 1859-61. The bulk of the immigrants who came to British Guiana under the Chinese experiment came during this period of deep social, economic and political crisis in China. In 1861, 3,365 Chinese immigrants arrived. It was the highest annual figure for the entire period of Chinese immigration. In fact,

This is the view held by former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, who over the weekend in his converstationtree.org outlet called on the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to embrace China and the opportunities that exist for Guyana.

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News Reports Ramkarran made his position public on the heels of that nation celebrating its 67th Anniversary, an occasion at which Head of State, President David Granger pledged continued cooperation with China and its peoples.

economic growth, except in mining.”

The former Speaker did observe that some Chinese companies have not adhered to investment agreements and this has resulted in the impression that all Chinese investments are questionable.

He pointed to the fact that Chinese businesspeople are the same as any other anywhere in the world: “Unless they are held to their contract and their activities are monitored, both for their benefit and for Guyana’s, the tendency would be that chances are taken.”

According to Ramkarran, “It is about time that the Guyana Government re-evaluates its attitude to Chinese investment.”

According to Ramkarran, “Given a free reign, as has happened with the past government, will result in constraints being challenged… China’s National Day is an appropriate occasion for the Government to make a determined effort to encourage Chinese investment in this guava season.”

(Former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran)

According to the former Speaker, “For developing countries, China has been good… Aid has been granted without suffocating strings… Investments have flowed and many developing countries have benefited enormously.”

During the celebrations held locally by the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Zhang Limin did warn Chinese companies operating locally to ensure they abide by the local laws.

He did concede that there have been many criticisms of China’s aid and investment in developing countries by developed countries, coupled with talk about exploitation of natural resources and the toleration of undemocratic practices.

Ramkarran, in his appeal to the APNU/AFC Government to seek to foster better relations with China, conceded that the reputation of the Chinese has suffered as a result of the Skeldon Sugar Factory, which they constructed but did not live up to its expectations.

“Such talk is of course ‘doublespeak’… Countries which criticise cannot match China’s assistance which is sorely needed in developing countries and developed countries have no basis to talk about exploitation or protecting undemocratic regimes around the world.”

“Little has been said about possible design flaws of Skeldon, for which the Chinese were not responsible, which it is alleged may have been an important factor in its failure to produce.”

Longstanding relationship Following a toast with Chinese Ambassador Zhang on the occasion of its Anniversary on Friday last at the Chinese Embassy, President Granger in his remarks, used the occasion to remind of the longstanding relationship between the two countries dating back to October 1971 United Nation’s resolution, supported by Guyana, meant to recognise the role of China and its representation at that forum.

He pointed too to the Marriott Hotel, which was built by the Chinese and had attracted significant criticism particularly over the refusal to provide jobs for Guyanese, in addition to what some had called the ‘shadiness’ of the entire arrangement. According to Ramkarran however, the government’s hostility to this project may well have been responsible for their reticence in commenting on its quality. He was adamant that Guyana has much to gain by consolidating and strengthening relations with China at this time, “when the economy is in serious difficulties with declining production and declining

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He said too that Guyana and China share common values including the mutual non-interference in each other’s affairs, “cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security.” The President used the occasion to recognise that both Guyana and China share a common interest in the promotion of sustainable development, particularly in


the area of renewable energy. According to President Granger, Guyana has been observing with keen interest, China’s introduction of its 13th five-year plan for 2016 to 2020 which is committed to achieving a green economy by introducing green low-carbon industries—something the two countries share in common. “Guyana through its own green agenda has similar objectives; we look forward therefore to intensifying cooperation between our two republics in our common quest to ensure greater use of clean green low carbon technologies and renewable sources of energies.” Recognising China as one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies, he said Guyana “welcomes especially the introduction of the multilateral multibillion-dollar platforms, such as the People’s Republic of China/Latin American/Caribbean, industrial cooperation investment and infrastructure funds.” An initiative, he said that, “will certainly strengthen our economic relations.”

Cracked ceilings, stairways & generator to be replaced at Conference Centre

By admin - November 1, 2016--Guyana Chronicle

Ministry disclosed that the repairs will be facilitated using a grant aid from the Government of the People’s Republic of China through the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. The current arrangement is similar to the one that resulted in the construction of the facility between 2004 and 2006. Guyana’s only financial contribution is the provision of security services on site, the Ministry pointed out. According to the Public Telecommunications Ministry, the rehabilitative works are necessary. “After ten (10) years of continuous use, wear and tear coupled with the vagaries of natural elements including shifting foundations and saline breezes from the close by Atlantic Ocean, took a toll on sections of the ACCC. The concrete stairways and upper level floors and ceilings are cracked in some places. On the ground floor, the foundation and walls are also showing widening cracks. Many of the three-inch thick ceramic floor tiles have come loose as a result of structural movement and undulation,” the Ministry pointed out. In addition to the structural works, the ACCC’s backup power generating system that stopped working some years ago will be replaced as well as the entry gates, the fire alarm and first response systems, the driveway and much of the plumbing, the Ministry added. It was explained that there are indications that the heavy flow of traffic in the Liliendaal area may not have been factored into the design specifications ten years ago. “In any case, continued use of the center, as is, for any purpose, is tantamount to courting the high probability of accidents and physical injuries,” the Ministry stated.

(The Arthur Chung Conference Centre) After 10 years of continuous use, the Arthur Chung Conference Centre will undergo extensive repairs internally and externally but not at the expense of tax payers. In a statement, the Public Telecommunications

From December 1, 2016, the Arthur Chung Conference Center will be closed for approximately eighteen (18) months. This schedule was crafted by the signatories to the agreements surrounding the donation and maintenance of the Conference Center. “We regret the inconvenience this closure will cause to the many organisations that utilize this facility on a regular basis. In the same vein, the Government of Guyana again expresses our gratitude to the Government and people of China for their most generous donation,” the Ministry said. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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New Thriving Chinese Restaurant A Brief Description

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he New Thriving Restaurant was established in 1993 by Mr. Guang Zhao Xiao and Mrs. Jian Ping Che. They came to Guyana as a visitor looking for opportunity, and while they’re here in Guyana they realize the standard of Chinese restaurant here are still at a beginning level. And the friendly local people had make they feel like home. Although the difficulty of communication between the local people, with the help from the Chinese society and some faithful friendly Guyanese they had manage to get the first restaurant on running which was located 114 Regent Street Bourda. They decided to name the restaurant as “New Thriving” and the brave and fearless vision of Mr. Guang Zhao Xiao and Mrs. Jian Ping Che had raised a storm in the food business

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society at that time and had make some historic changes in the food sector. Unlike the other Chinese restaurant operates at ground floor, cutleries are serve with food, limited of dishes on menu, New Thriving had go its own way, regent street was chosen to operate on the first floor in the building, and introduce a first viewable kitchen to the society. Also introduce its Cantonese cooking with a variety of different dishes, and tables are proper cover with table cloths preset with cutleries, napkin, water glass etc. Communication between customers is very important in any business, it’s very regretful that Mr. Guang Zhao Xiao and Mrs Jian Ping Che could not speak English but they always had one thing in mind “My products will speaks for me�. After two years with their hard working and efforts the restaurant become popular and the thirteen tables in the restaurant could not fulfill the demand from the public. The second branch was established which located Alexander Street Kitty unfortunately this branch could not last for long due to the shortage of professional chef and a proper managing team. Which both Mr. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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New Thriving Chinese Restaurant Xiao and Mrs. Che are chef, this give them the thought to bring professional chefs from china. Ms. Min Xia Ling sister of Mrs. Che was then offer employment to New Thriving managing team. After the experience from the last branch New Thriving once again making a big step forward also a challenge to them self. A prime spot in the heart of the city, 36-37 main street the ground floor of Park Hotel which can acuminates sixty tables and more plus two VIP rooms. It surprisingly this branch was way better as it thought and also gains recognition throughout the Caribbean. Main street branch had put New Thriving to its climax recognize as the best restaurant in the Caribbean .The 6th may 2000 a day New Thriving will never forget, a fire disaster had token everything away. The fire may take away all New Thriving assets but did not take away the sprite of New Thriving and its staff and the courage of Mr. Xiao and Mrs. Che. At this points very urgent decision was made, New Thriving had take over an existing restaurant known as Kwang Chow Restaurant located 165 Barr Street Kitty. Barr Street was much smaller that Main Street so it’s alot employee are extras but this did not put New Thriving to lay off its staffs. An offer had came to New Thriving, Liberty Cinema located on Vlissengen Road & Garnet Street are on sale. New Thriving got its first loan through Demerara Bank to purchase Liberty Cinema, it was planned to reconstruct to a restaurant. But at the same time an existing building which are ready for restaurant had offer rental to us, 37 camp & brickdam had become the first Fast food for New Thriving. The Chinese have a very old saying “Where you fell should be where u stands up” 28th March 2009 New Thriving finally relocate back on Main Street. After nine years of hard work and effort New Thriving manage to put up a magnificent threestorey exotic Chinese Restaurant Complex

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with its multiplicity of sections on main street. New Thriving is happy to state that we have sustained progress over times, awarded 28th International Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry in 2003 “the Golden Bull” in Madrid, Spain. International Prestigious Award in 2009 “The Diamond Eye for Quality Services and Commitment” from the Association of Otherways International Management and Consultancy in Paris, France. Guyana Tourism Awards in 2010 “The Best Fine Dining Restaurant” from Ministry Of Tourism, Industry And Commerce Guyana Tourism Authority. New Thriving are well known for its restaurant but we also deals with Supermarket, Construction Material, Luxury Furniture and home goods, Construction installation. Bonny’s Supermarket located on 302 Church Street was operated by New Thriving commence on the year 2004 to the year 2010, closure of the business was due to contract was time up and the owner wanted to sell the property. New Thriving had planned to build its own Supermarket on its reserved land Vlissengen Road & Garnett Street, also to reopen the Fast food on Camp & Brickdam. Before Christmas, Next restaurant will open in Providence, easily accessible. About the restaurant facilities, luxurious and elegant decoration, into Chinese classical style and modern landscape design for one. We welcome you to experience the elegance, comfort and taste like never before. NEW THRIVING CHINESE RESTAURANT Lot 32 Main & Hope Street, Georgetown, Guyana. Tel: 225-0159, 225-0868, 225-0038 ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Recipe: Yangzhou Fried Rice Yangzhou fried rice is also called Yangzhou fried rice with egg. It is a popular Yangzhou specialty with a long history. It’s said that it originates from a powerful minister, Yang Su, from the Sui Dynasty (581–618) and his favored dish, Sui Jin Fan (fried rice with egg). It is dazzling with many colorful ingredients. It is also a good choice to make with leftover rice. Main ingredients:

250g cooked rice (or leftover rice), 2 eggs, 2 carrots, 4 mushrooms, 50g corn kernels, 1 cucumber, 1 red bell pepper, 50g sausage Seasonings: 1 soupspoon salad oil, 4g salt (The amount of the seasonings can be adjusted according to personal taste.)

Preparation

1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them until thoroughly mixed using a wire whisk or chopsticks. 2. Cut the sausage into ½ cm cubes. Finely chop the mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper, and cucumber.

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat some cooking oil in a wok. Add the beaten eggs and fry them on a medium heat. After the eggs have set, break them up into small pieces. Remove the egg mixture from the wok and place it onto a plate. 2. Add some cooking oil to the wok. Add the mushrooms, corn kernels, carrots, cucumber, red bell pepper, and sausage, and stir-fry them briefly. 3. Add the fried egg mixture to the rest of the ingredients in the wok along with the cooked rice, and stir-fry evenly. Add some salt and

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continue to stir-fry until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. 4. Serve the Yangzhou fried rice on a dish for sharing or into a bowl for one person.


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The Richness of Guyana’s Culture

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Soccer Match between ACEG Members and Local Players

Chinese Football Team: Eastern Loong

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BOSAI Annual Bursary Awards

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ACEG ensuring that the Children of Joshua House Orphanage have a Merry Christmas

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ACEG Annual Magazine Launch and Dinner (2016)

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Celebrating Chinese Republic Day in Beijing and Supporting One China Policy

Jason Wang receiving the Guyana Relief Council Appreciation Award


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Donation of Goods to the Shaheed Boys & Girls Orphanage

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Commemorating Chinese Arrival Day

The Formative Years Commemorating the 133rd Anniversary of the Arrival and Settlement in Guyana of the Forefathers of our Chinese Compatriots who sailed in the S.S. Glentanner from Amoy, reached these shores on 12th January 1853. Plaque donated by Guyana / China Friendship Society in Association with Guyana Commemoration Commission. 12th January 1986. 2017, H.E. President David Granger officially Announced, 12th January as “Chinese Arrival Day�

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“海外侨胞故乡行—走进山东”暨海外山东同乡 组织合作机制启动仪式”在济南隆重举行 为配合中国侨联成立60周年庆祝活动,9月22日, 由山东省侨联组织的“海外(港澳台)侨胞故乡 行——走进山东活动暨海外山东同乡组织合作机 制启动仪式”在济南隆重举行,来自世界20多个 国家和地区的60余位海外侨领和侨胞齐聚山东, 进一步了解山东省经济社会发展情况,寻找回馈 家乡、服务桑梓的结合点和有效途径,同时建立 和深化海外山东同乡组织合作机制。活动将在济 南、菏泽、济宁等3市全面开展。山东省侨联党组 书记、主席梁波出席仪式并致辞,省侨联党组成 员、副主席李兴钰主持仪式,省侨联副巡视员李 运才,党组成员、秘书长卢文朋参加仪式。

就,离不开大家的支持。山东省侨联将一如既往 地支持海外侨胞在事业上取得更好地发展,切实 维护海外侨胞的合法利益,同时真诚欢迎海内外 侨胞积极投身于山东经济文化强省建设,为实现 中华民族伟大复兴的“中国梦”贡献力量。

梁波主席致辞 “海外山东同乡组织合作机制”是山东省侨联 的 一个创举,目前申请加入机制的海外侨团有32 家。在启动仪式上,梁波主席向参加仪式的23家 侨团授“合作机制成员”铭牌。他在致辞中说, 改革开放三十多年来,华侨华人在海外的工作学 习和生活状况发生了翻天覆地的变化,在增进中 外文化交流和经济合作方面发挥了重要作用。海 外山东同乡组织合作机制的成立,是广大海外山 东同乡和社团的一件大事,是侨胞和社团携手共 助的创新举动。通过合作机制,把世界各地的山 东同乡组织联系起来,资源共享,相互借鉴,取 长补短,交流各国侨情和侨团建设经验,探索支 持山东经济社会发展的新途径,必将有力地推动 山东和世界各地的友好交往,为山东经济文化强 省建设做出更大的贡献。 梁波表示,广大海外侨胞、港澳同胞是山东省经 济和发展的一支重要力量,山东的发展变化和成

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梁波主席与圭亚那山东同乡会会长共同庆 祝海外山东同乡组织合作机制的成立

坦桑尼亚中国齐鲁山东商会创会会长管洪忠先生 代表32家合作机制成员宣读《海外山东同乡组织 合作机制倡议书》,倡议旅居海外的游子做好中 国文明形象代表,积极融入住在国社会,在促进 中外交流、承担社会责任、营造文明从业环境等 方面携手共进,为加快山东建设经济文化强省和 实现中华民族伟大复兴的“中国梦”作出贡献。


正告蔡英文:莫挟洋谋“ 独”玩火自焚 山东省侨联领导与部分参会侨领合影 2 3 日上午, 参加“ 海外( 港澳台) 侨胞故乡 行——走进山东”活动的侨领、侨胞将到济南市 历下区明府城片区参观考察,了解片区建设发展 情况。在随后的时间里,他们将赴菏泽、济宁参 观考察,部分侨领在山东活动结束后赴北京参加 中国侨联成立60周年庆祝活动。

山东省侨联领导与参会侨领合影

山东侨领在北京参加中国侨联成立60周 年以及67年国庆庆祝活动

蔡英文在1月7日展开所谓的到中美洲的洪都拉 斯、尼加拉瓜、危地马拉和萨尔瓦多访问。如同 李登辉、陈水扁一样“台独”分子为达到分裂中 国的图谋,每一次窜访,都是在制造麻烦,都是 干着制造“两个中国”、“一中一台”的勾当, 我们密切注视蔡英文所谓“英捷专案”的所作所 为 。     去年12月,蔡英文不惜重金拉线,与美国侯 任总统特朗普通电话,公然挑战一个中国原则, 对中美关系的正常发展造成极其恶劣的影响,蔡 英文藉“出访”之机,又处心积虑设计过程过境 美国休斯敦、旧金山,企图通过再次与特朗普或 其团队有所互动,变本加厉地进行其挟洋谋“ 独 ” 的 罪 恶 勾 当 。     对蔡英文自5.20以来在台湾岛内加紧“去中 国化”,国际上制造”一中一台”分裂中国的罪 恶行径,我们表示极大的愤慨、并予以严厉的谴 责 。     世界上只有一个中国,台湾是中国的一部 分,中国的主权和领土完整不可分割。海内外13 亿多中华儿女维护国家民族统一的意志是任何力 量都不可动摇的。无论搞”两个中国”、“一中 一台”或“台湾独立”,无论是“和平台独” 、“以武拒统”或“挟洋谋‘独’”,任何形式 的“台独”都不会得逞,玩火自焚,是必然的结 果 。 我们呼吁:遍布在五大洲的海外侨胞,无论来自 海峡两岸或港澳地区,无论党派信仰,坚决抵 制“台独”分子及其活动,对企图分裂国家、危 害中华民族根本利益的“台独”进行坚决的斗 争,让一切“台独”分子在海外侨界和国际社会 成为不受欢迎,人人喊打的过街老鼠。     圭亚那中国和平统一促进会 王军    2017年1月10日 ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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hina Railway First Group Co., Ltd. (CRFG) was found in 1950, it is a backbone member of China Railway Group Limited which is listed in the Fortune Global 500 Companies. CRFG is certified to possess the Super-grade qualification for general contracting railway and highway engineering, Grade A qualification for general contracting for municipal and housing engineering, Grade A specialized qualification for railway track laying, girder erection engineering, highway pavement engineering, tunnel engineering and bridge engineering, specialized qualification for urban mass transit engineering, overseas engineering, labor service and so on. Its business has covered all China and extended to more than 20 countries abroad. More than 60 years, the Group has completed numbers of high quality projects and has won hundreds of prices and awards at national, provincial or ministerial levels. The Group owns 2 divisions for water works and overseas business, 33 subsidiaries, 16 branches, 6 regional business centers and 31 offices, and has

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25549 registered employees. The newly signed contract value in 2015 is 10.88 billion USD and its turnover is 9.12 billion USD. In Guyana, CRFG registered its local office China Railway First Group (Guyana) Inc. in November, 2011. CRFG (Guy) Inc. has undertaken and completed the construction of the 49km of Amaila Falls Access Road, Section 7 and Section 6B/6C which were deemed the most difficult sections of the 7 sections to construct given its geographical and topographical characteristics. Thereafter in December 2014, CRFG won the award and signed the contract for the Widening and Improvement of 18km of the East Coast Demerara Public Road – Better Hope to Belfield Village Region #4. On September 9, 2016, China Railway First Group (Guyana) Inc. has received the “Letter of Acceptance” of aeromovel railway system project in Canoas, Brazil, the contract price of this project is about 25 million USD. This marked a bold step that CRFG (Guyana) Inc. has taken to develop the market of neighboring countries of Guyana.


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China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation expanding its business to international engineering and contracting business. Since 2004, CMC continuously ranks among the world’s largest 225 international contractors. To date, CMC has accumulated a total business turnover of more than US$100 billion, a proud achievement that speaks volume about its successful operation. With a strong business foundation, sound qualification and reputable brand, CMC has earned market competitive advantages in projects spreading over energy industry, transportation sector, building material industry, ship building industry, light industry, etc. CMC has undertaken GPL’s Infrastructure Development Project in Guyana, and is looking forward to developing more projects in this Land of Many Waters.

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hina National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (referred to as “CMC”) was established in 1952, and in 1998 it became a subsidiary of China General Technology (Group) Holding Ltd., a key state-owned enterprise under direct supervision of Chinese Government. From 1952 to 1988, CMC is the only foreign trade enterprise operating import and export business of machinery and equipment with provincial and municipal branches throughout China. As the tide of reform and opening up swept through China in 1980s and 1990s, CMC creatively carried out institutional reform and business restructuring,

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CMC's Achievements

能源领域 Energy Sector

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh witnessed the signing ceremony for 2*660MW Thermal Power Plant Project between CMC and North-West Power Generation Co., Ltd. (NWPGCL) in the Great Hall of the People.

Malaysia 1000MW Manjung Power Plant Project 马来西亚曼绒电站项目

中国李克强总理和孟加拉国哈西娜总理在人民大会堂共同见证我司 与孟加拉西北电力公司签署项目合作协议

Bangladesh Barapukuria 2*125MW CoalFired Power Plant Project 孟加拉巴拉普库利亚燃煤电站项目

Bangladesh Barapukuria 1MT/Y Coal Mine Project 孟加拉巴拉普库利亚煤矿项目

Bangladesh Sirajganj 225MW Gas-Fired Power Plant Project Guyana GPL Infrastructure Development Project

孟加拉希拉甘杰燃气电站项目

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CMC's Achievements

轨道交通领域 Railway Transportation

On Oct. 28, 2013, CMC solemnly held the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Matara-Beliatta Railway Project in Sri Lanka 2013年10月28日,我司隆重举行斯里兰卡南部铁路项目开工仪式

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Turkey Ankara-Istanbul 154KM High-Speed Railway Project

30 high-end railway electric multiple units (EMUs) exported to Brazil

土耳其安卡拉-伊斯坦布尔高速铁路二期工程项目

出口巴西30列城轨电动车组项目

80 Railway Carriages exported to Bangladesh

202 Railway Carriages exported to Pakistan

出口孟加拉80辆铁路客车项目

出口巴基斯坦202辆铁路客车项目

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轻工领域 Light Industry

Turkey Bilecik 3000T/D Cement Plant Project 土耳其比莱吉克水泥厂项目

Russia Penza 5000T/D Cement Plant Project

Indonesia 450M3 Blast Furnace Project

俄罗斯宾萨水泥厂项目

印尼高炉项目

Vietnam Ca Mau 800,000T/Y Nitrogenous Fertilizer Plant Project

Vietnam Hong Gai Coal Slurry Plant Project 越南鸿基洗煤厂项目

越南金瓯氮肥厂项目

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Technologies Co., Ltd. Who is Huawei?

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. With more than 170,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.

What do we offer the world?

We create value for our customers. Together with telecom carriers, Huawei has built over 1,500 networks, helping over one-third of the world’s population connect to the Internet. Together with our enterprise customers, we employ agile enterprise networks, including open cloud networks, to drive efficient operations and agile innovation across domains like Safe City, finance, transportation, and energy. With our smart devices and smartphones, we are improving people’s digital experience in work, life, and entertainment. We promote industry development. Huawei advocates openness, collaboration, and shared success. Through joint innovation with our partners and peers we are expanding the value of information and communication technology to establish a robust and symbiotic industry ecosystem. Huawei actively participates in over 300 standards organizations, industry associations, and open source communities, having submitted over 43,000 proposals to drive standardization and pave the way for more effective collaboration. We have joined forces with industry partners to innovate in emerging domains like cloud

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computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and 5G. Together, we are promoting ongoing, collaborative industry development. We boost economic growth. Huawei generates tax revenues, boosts employment, and stimulates the development of the ICT value chain in the countries where we operate. Perhaps more importantly, we deliver innovative ICT solutions that drive the digital transformation of all industries, thereby fostering economic growth and greatly improving the quality of people’s lives. We drive sustainable development. As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei has made a significant contribution to bridging the digital divide. We are keenly aware of the importance of telecommunications in emergency response situations: Facing Ebola-affected areas in West Africa, nuclear contamination after the Japanese tsunami, and the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan, China, we hold fast in disaster zones to help restore communications networks and ensure the reliable operation of critical telecom equipment. To further promote sustainability, we develop the next generation of ICT talent with our global Seeds for the Future program, in which we give university students the opportunity to visit China, receive training, and gain first-hand experience in the ICT industry. We provide dedicated employees with a strong growth platform. Inspiring dedication is one of Huawei’s core values, and it manifests itself in many ways. We assess employees and select managers based on their results, as well as the extent of their responsibilities. We provide our teams with a global development platform, giving young team members the opportunity to shoulder greater responsibilities and accelerate their careers. In this way, we have enabled more than


170,000 employees to yield ample returns for their individual efforts, and gain memorable life experience.

carrier investment in 4G. We have built over 280 commercial networks with our 400G core routers.

What do we stand for?

In our enterprise business, we applied our guiding principle of Business-Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII) to lead the transformation of enterprise IT towards cloud architecture, and the transformation of enterprise networks towards SDN. Many Fortune Global 500 companies, such as the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the China Construction Bank, Deutsche Bahn, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, have selected Huawei as their partners. We have participated in the construction of over 660 data centers, including 255 cloud data centers.

For the past 28 years, hundreds of thousands of Huawei people have maintained an unwavering focus on our core business, refusing to cut corners or pursue other forms of short-sighted opportunism. With a solid, practical approach to everything we do, we have invested patiently, amassing the longterm, focused effort that leads to great moments of technological breakthrough. Our ability to maintain this strategic focus boils down to our core values of staying customer-centric, inspiring dedication, persevering, and growing by self-reflection.

Remarkable results in 2015

In 2015, Huawei’s revenue reached CNY395 billion (US$60.8 billion based on the year-end exchange rate), an increase of 37% year-on-year. In our carrier business, our 4G equipment was widely deployed around the world and is now being used in the capital cities of over 140 countries. We recently launched our 4.5G solution to meet consumer demand for a better experience while protecting

In our consumer business, annual revenue grew by over 70%, securing a position for Huawei among the top three global device companies in terms of market share. This revenue growth is attributable to the robust growth of our mid-range and high-end products. Our smart watches and fitness bands have hit the fashion world like a storm. In the Internet of Vehicles (IoV), we have partnered with leading global automotive brands. We have made rapid progress in software UX and cloud services, and have effectively satisfied user experience needs across all usage scenarios.

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Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc.

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osai Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc. is joint venture between Government of Guyana (30%) and a Chinese firm, Bosai Minerals Group Co., Ltd (70%). This company is located in Linden owns an open pit mine and a process plant, with its workforce of 570 employees among those 98% are local employees. The company’s major business is bauxite mining, processing and ship loading. The bauxite products are mainly sold to customers in Europe, North America and Asian. BAUXITE PRODUCTION Long before the origin of man upon this earth, the minerals and other materials we now use were being formed over periods of millions of years in a variety of slow processes. Intense surface weathering formed bauxite, the ore from which the material aluminum is extracted. Large deposits of bauxite material of varying composition exist in many parts of the world. The deposit of bauxite found in Guyana stretch in wide band across the country from the Northwest to the Southwest. Some of them contain a relatively high proportion of aluminum, with relatively low iron content and other elements. These two factors make Guyana’s bauxite particularly suitable for use in the refractory and abrasives industries. The mine Bosai is presently operating has 60 million tones of high aluminum bauxite reserve, with a

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heavy duty fleet of capacity for 6.5 million tons overburden stripping and 1 million tons bauxite mining a year. The capacity will be improved to 9 million tons of stripping and 1.3 million tons mining in 2017. Bosai plant produces four grades of products at its plant in Linden: Refractory “A” Grade Super Calcine Bauxite (RASC), Super Chemical Grade Bauxite (SCGB), Cement Grade Bauxite (CeGB) and Abrasive Grade Bauxite (AGB). Crude ore of various grades are routed to the bauxite plant to meet product specifications. The chemical composition of the ore determines how it is processed. The term “PROCESSING” encompasses a series of unit calcining: crushing, washing, screening, classifying and drying or calcining. REFRACTORY ‘A’ GRADE SUPER CALCINED BAUXITE (RASC) Bosai Minerals Guyana’s major product is Refractory “A” Grade Super Calcined Bauxite known as RASC. This material is used by refractory industries throughout the world to make bricks, castables or monolithic for steel, aluminum and other high temperature industries where refractory linings are required to protect furnace walls. RASC is also used


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to make electrical porcelain, welding electrodes and anti skid surfaces such as roads. Guyana’s Refractory Bauxite is known as the best quality in the world. Bosai plant has the yearly capacity for RASC is 300 thousand tons. ABRASIVE GRADE BAUXITE (AGB) The material is partially calcined bauxite with specific physical, chemical and mineralogical properties required by customers. The material is mixed with other material to produce a high alumina product known as Brown Fused Alumina (BFA). The BFA is used in the Abrasive Industry. SUPER CHEMICAL GRADE BAUXITE (SCGB) Super Chemical Grade ore is crushed to minus 4” before dried in a rotary dryer at 140 degrees Celsius. Super Chemical grade bauxite or SCGB has low iron content and is prepared with silica content 6-7%, as specified by our customers. SCGB is primarily used to make Aluminum Sulphate (Alum), which is used in the treatment process of potable water. CEMENT GRADE BAUXITE (CeGB) CeGB is used in the production of cement. The material washed from the ore in the washing plant is pumped to the settling pond. There the material is passed through a cyclone, which separates the finer particles from the coarser

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particles. The material currently being mined is transported by trucks to a stockpile, where it is then transported into the bauxite plant. METALURGIC GRADE BAUXITE (MAZ) High quality raw bauxite material (Al2O3 59% minimum and total SiO2 7% maximum) used for production of alumina extraction. SHIP LOADING Overhead conveyors are used to load ships from the storage silos. Ocean going vessels for the calcined products RASC and AGB are loaded at the #1 Loader and vessels collecting dried products, SCGB and CeGB, are loaded at the #2 Loader. These two Loaders have a loading capacity of 400 tons per hour, are independent of each other and can operate simultaneously. Bosai Minerals Group Services Inc. Bosai Minerals Group Services Inc. is power generation plant owned and operated by Bosai in linden. It has 6 Wartsila generators with total capacity of 18 megawatts. The power generated each year is about 80 million KWh, of which 60% is supplied to the whole Linden community and the rest to Bosai’s production.

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Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc. Bosai’s Contribution to the Community Bosai’s presence in the community of linden created a lot of positive changes for the citizens there. Being a good corporate citizen, the company strives to ensure its Corporate Social Responsibilities are fulfilled by creating an excellent community relationship with the township.

Fabricating Garbage Bins for Mayor and Town Concil

Bosai Management created history in Linden when the Dust Collector Systems for Kiln #13 and Kiln #14 were put into full operation Bosai took this initiative as an major environmental responsibility to the Linden community since it eased decades of discomfort caused by the dust being emitted from the kilns.

Bosai’s Sports Promotion

The company always contributes to charitable activities and support cultural events including the Linden Town Week Celebrations and other national events like Mashramani. The company has an annual Senior Citizen Hamper Distribution and has also now promoted an annual High School Free Style Dance Competition.

Bosai’s Yearly Bursary

Bosai has developed a passion for education which leads the company to have one of the largest Bursary Awards Ceremony in the country. We honor the top 10 students nationally, regionally and our employees as well. The year 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s Independence and also the anniversary of 100 years of bauxite mining. As a major player in the industry, Bosai donated an arch with cost of 110,000 US dollars to Linden to honor the country of Guyana and its bauxite industry. The unveiling of the Arch is considered to be one of the most significant events for this anniversary.

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Yearly Senior Citizen Hamper Distribution

Free Style Dancing Competition Sponsored by Bosai


Bosai Minerals Group Co., Ltd Established in August 1994, Bosai Minerals Group Co., Ltd (the “Bosai”) now has total assets worth more than RMB 6 billion, annual sales above RMB12 billion and more than 4,000 employees, including more than 1,000 foreign employees. Bosai is a multinational and export-oriented private enterprise looking at global bauxite resources reserve and development, and also involved in international trading. Bosai has eight manufacturing plants or branch companies in China, Guyana and Ghana, with operations covering High Alumina Calcined Bauxite, Corundum, Alumina Refinery, Aluminum Smelter, Aluminum products, other alumina-based products, Coal and Ferro-alloy products. At present, Bosai has more than 300 million tons bauxite reserves in the world. Bosai has annual capacity to produce 3.5 million tons of bauxite ore, 300,000 tons of High Alumina Calcined Bauxite, 200,000 tons of Corundum, 1 million tons of Alumina, 200,000 tons of Aluminum Ingot, and 100,000 tons of Aluminum products. The production capacity of Ferro-alloy will reach 500,000 tons at the end of 2016. Products are sold to more than 30 countries including Europe, America, Asia and many domestic markets. Bosai ranks 1st in the world in terms of production and sales of High Alumina Calcined Bauxite and Corundum. In the various authoritative rankings, Bosai has been listed among Top 500 Private Enterprises in China, Top 500 Chinese Manufacturing Enterprises, Top 50 Non-ferrous Metal Enterprises in China, and Top 20 Enterprises in Chongqing for many years. Since its establishment, Bosai has always been active in social public welfare charities, helping disadvantaged groups in schools, communities and villages where manufacturing plants or branch companies locate in domestic and foreign countries. Bosai is always doing the best to give back to society by each way such as money donation or benevolence. Bosai’s accumulated donation has exceeded 10 million USD so far.

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Aluminum Produced by Bosai’s Smelter

Head Office: World Trade Center 47th Floor, 131 Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing, P.R.C. 400010 Managing Director: Mr. Yuan Zhilun General Manager: Mr. Yuan Zhihua Tel: +86 23 6388 6666 Fax: +86 23 6362 0343 Website: www.cqbosai.com Email: info@bosaiminerals.com.cn ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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China Dalian International Corporation (Group) Holdings Ltd.

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hina Dalian International Corporation (Group) Holdings Ltd. was established in 1993 and was listed on Shen zhen Stock Exchange in 1998. CDIG’s scope of business includes international construction projects, ocean shipping, real estate development, pelagic fishery, international labour service, international trade, etc. Its clients come from more than 70 countries and regions. It has over 2,000 highly qualified and professional employees, making it the pioneer of China’s “go global” strategy. Being the Vice-chairman of China International Contractors Association, for many years, CDIG has been selected as the “Global Top 225 International Contractors” by the American Engineering News Record (ENR).CDIG has rich experiences in international projects general contracting, commercial negotiation, construction organization, site management, project investment and financing, etc.

Corporation (Group) Holdings Ltd. Zhong Da N.V. conducted Dalian I, II, III and Moengo- Albina Project with the total of 1000km asphalt road and more than 10 bridges. Through this, the road and traffic condition in Suriname was greatly improved. Started from October in 2012, Zhong Da N. V. executed the housing project with total construction period of 40 months and 550 sets of houses. The housing project is one of the key projects that Surinamese government solves the problems of people’s livelihood. CDIG has always carried out the principle of “honesty and trust worthiness, cooperation and common interest”. CDIG focuses on quality and efficiency, conducts best projects and provides dedicated service.

Zhong Da International Engineering Company (Suriname) N.V. was founded and registered in March 2000 in Suriname, and it constitutes the solelyfunded enterprise of China Dalian International

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Guyana Hansom International Inc.

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UYANA HANSOM INTERNATIONAL INC. was founded in 2014 by HANSOM GROUP Co., LTD.

With a registered capital of 100 million RMB and headquarters in Beijing, HANSOM GROUP Co., LTD was jointly funded in September 2005 by CGCOC GROUP Co., LTD., Guangxi Liugong Machinary Co., LTD., Shantui Construction Machinary Co.,LTD., China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., LTD. (SINOTRUK) and Shandong Ruihua Machinery Co., LTD. HANSOM GROUP is a specialized company integrating trading, leasing, 4S stores, logistics and localized production. With sufficient capital, first-class products, technical service and professional marketing teams, HANSOM GROUP has gained a foothold in Africa and also expanded its business in Europe, North and South America. HANSOM GROUP has established more than ten overseas branches, representative offices, well-equipped engineering machinery and 4S stores in Guyana, Nigeria,

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Ethiopia, Angola, Chad, Algeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Mali, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and South Sudan, etc, and built a long-term and stable cooperative relationship with the governments and local companies. Meanwhile, through the increasing localized production, HANSOM GROUP has made a significant contribution to trade and economic development of the country in which it is located. GUYANA HANSOM INTERNATIONAL INC is now a joint-venture trading company with independent import and export authority. GUYANA HANSOM’s 4S Shop is committed to providing services of Sale, spare parts, repair and leasing for the construction machineries and heavy vehicles. GUYANA HANSOM INTERNATIONAL INC ADDRESS: 1 COVERDEN E.B.D GUYANA PHONE: 592-65518222 E-MAIL: wangyuwei@chinahansom.com http://www.chinahansom.com/


Hi Tech Construction Inc.

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i-Tech Construction Inc. is an international logging, mining and land development company. Incorporated in 2011 and headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. Relying on its abundant experience and ability to innovate, HiTech is now focusing on sustainable logging , mining and land development. Hi-Tech Construction Inc. has its forest concession of around 100,000 hectares and mining concession of around 300 hectares. Hi-tech implements industry-developed best management practices to insure that future generations will benefit from healthy forests, clean air and water, recreational opportunities, and of course, timber and mineral products. As a responsible part of logging and mining business, Hi-Tech strives to exceeds all safety standards through continued training, smart recruiting, communication at all levels and constant maintenance of equipment. As an active part of environment protectors, Hi-Tech ensures that all harvesting operations and mining operations are conducted under strict guidelines and regulations

designed to protect the environment at every level. Apart from its experience in logging and mining, Hi-Tech has a long history of enabling countless people to fulfill the dream of land ownership. As one of the experienced land development experts, Hi-Tech offers options and strategies to maximize the profitability of investment. With an unwavering commitment to perfect service, Hi-Tech stands behind the quality and value of each development. Thanks to the continuing professional assistance provided by Guyana government and with the support of an international team of experts, HiTech will sure achieve and maintain it’s operational excellence and profitability, and keep making contributions to the economic and social well-being of Guyana. Address: 139 Lindley Avenue. Nandy Park, E.B.D. Guyana. Tel: 592-233-6827 | Cell: 592-600-4255 E-mail: treacy20@hotmail.com

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GPL Smart Meters, New Transformer Projects 1. (1) Kaieteur News:

Sophie Makonnen, Country head of the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) where part of the money is coming from, has made it clear that evaluation is at the GPL side.

After almost eight months of “assessment”, it appears that evaluators of a major Guyana Power and Light (GPL) project may be ready to choose a company for the job.

The evaluation is being conducted in accordance with IDB standards and regulations, she had assured.

US$18M smart meters, new transformers project… After eight-month delay, GPL to announce winner in another week--Kaieteur News (2016.10.23)

The project which will see more that 25,000 smart meters and new transformers will also include some 800 kilometers of low and medium voltage lines along the coastlands. The tenders for the project—it is estimated to cost US$18.6M– were opened since February but the announcement of a winner has been delayed with little answers coming from officials. Over a week ago, GPL’s Chairman, Robert Badal, confirmed that GPL will be making an announcement by this month-end. It is expected that evaluators will recommend a company and submit it to GPL’s board before it is handed over to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. That Ministry will then forward the decision of the award to the Cabinet for its no-objection. Five companies tendered for the project- Sino Hydro Corporation (China)- $7.1B; Multi Electrical System N.V. (Suriname)- $6.4B; China National Machinery Import and Export (CMC)/China Sinogy Electric Engineering Co. Limited – $4.6B; Cummings Electrical Limited- $3.6B and Enrique Lourido/Fixit Depot- $3.5B. There have been many questions about the delays of the award of the project with a number of letter writers raising questions about the secrecy and the time it is taking to evaluate.

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The project would be one of the biggest to be embarked on this year by the administration. It is part of a US$65M initiative known as the Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP). The monies are coming from IDB which is contributing over US$37M in loans and financing from the European Union for US$27M mainly grants. The implementation of all the projects is being overlooked by the IDB. The amounts were reportedly approved since 2014, under the Donald Ramotar administration. PUUP was in the making for a number of years and is designed to reduce GPL’s inefficiency and increase training for staffers. Already, the first phase of the project has been implemented – the building of seven sub-stations and new high voltage lines along the coastlands, from Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Berbice to West Coast Demerara. It included, also, the laying of submarine fibre optic cable lines in the Demerara and Berbice rivers to create an interconnected system. However, the submarine cable across the Demerara River that was laid by CMC has been badly damaged with observers blaming the poor work done. GPL is now reportedly using the same CMC to repair the cable it laid and is expected to spend over $150M.


The damaged cable has badly affected GPL’s capacity to bring excess power from the West Demerara area which in turn has affected consumers. A part of the CMC-built transmission lines, in the city, is also now facing severe problems with outages increasing in recent weeks. Engineers are working to find the faults. The contract was awarded to Manitoba Hydro International Limited, a Canadian company. GPL is facing major problems with outages on the coastlands with technical and commercial losses at a massive 29-plus percent. GPL wants to reduce its losses to 23.8 percent in the near term.

1. (2) Response from CMC:

China Machinery Company can’t be blamed for ongoing power problems--Stabroek News (2016.10.26) Dear Editor, I read the editorial titled ‘Power problems’ in your publication of October 24 with tremendous sadness. I totally agree with your comments on the negative impact caused by power problems, and the urgency to restore stable power supply to the country. Since our company, China Machinery Company (CMC) was referred to in the editorial (‘The contractor involved in this project should be summoned immediately to provide an explanation on what has been happening’), I feel obliged to respond to the power problems from our perspective, and I wish to state as follows: Issues with damage to the submarine cable: GPL has provided an official explanation on the cause of damage which debunked the accusation that our company had not buried the cable to the 3 metre depth specified by the Contract. Frequent outages with transmission lines: Based on media reports, the problematic transmission line is the section between Kingston and Sophia. This section of transmission line was in place long

before the commencement of GPL’s Infrastructure Development Project, and we cannot take responsibility for the transmission line that was not built by our company. Numerous trips and shutdowns of the power system: As our company has parted with the project, we are not in a position to pronounce on the cause of these problems. We can only assume that as power supply from the 26MW Wartsila Plant in Vreed-enHoop could not be loaded to the DBIS system due to the non-service of the submarine cable, there is a significant power shortage in the grid, resulting in overloading and frequent trips. During the project construction and warranty period (up to March 2016), all the transmission lines installed by our company operated reliably, and we are credited for the advanced SCADA system. For example, any accidents (such as a tree falling on the transmission line causing a trip) could be pinpointed in the control room, which means the fault could be located and dealt with swiftly, reducing the power outage period to the minimum. Kaieteur News has pursued a relentless smearing campaign against our company since May this year, and the only possible cause is our company’s involvement in the tender for GPL’s power distribution project. The latest attack came on Oct. 23 in the article titled ‘US$18M smart meters, new transformers project … After eight-month delay, GPL to announce winner in another week’. It states ‘A part of the CMC-built transmission lines, in the city, is also now facing severe problems with outages increasing in recent weeks’. Kaieteur News knows that the section of transmission line in concern was not built by our company, but it keeps spreading this false information for the purpose of defaming our company. This kind of journalism is a poison for the country, and is not conducive to solving the power problems. It is our sincere wish that the submarine cable could be restored as scheduled to bring normalcy to the DBIS grid. Yours faithfully, Huibao Jin (Andrew) Project Director China Machinery Company ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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GPL Smart Meters ... 2.(1) GPL in quandary as Chinese-built submarine power cable remains down Jul 31,2016--Kaieteur News Two weeks after going down, a critical submarine cable that links the city with West Demerara is still to be repaired. Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) is now reportedly seeking foreign assistance to make it operational again. The Chinese-built cable is crucial as part of the system that connects the Berbice and Demerara grid. It means now that the more than US$30M new power facility at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Demerara will be unable to lend its excess power to the other side of the river, a worry at this time when GPL is depending on those extras to ensure that there is no shortfall. It is estimated that millions of dollars in excess power is lost from the generation by the Vreed-enHoop station because of the downed cable. GPL has been under pressure to reduce its outages with some of them coming at embarrassing times. Guyana first learnt of a problem with the submarine cable on July 13 when GPL disclosed in a statement that on the previous evening the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System experienced a shutdown as a result of a faulty connection or “Pot Head” that links the 69KV submarine cable to the overhead transmission lines at Kingston. While power was restored, the link remained down. GPL said that “every effort” is being made to restore the submarine cable link between the Vreed-enHoop station. Since then, there has been no other word from GPL on the repairs to the cable. The submarine cable was part of a larger infrastructural work by GPL to improve its efficiency. It included also the building of seven sub-stations and stringing of miles of new transmission lines with fiber optic across the coastlands.

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The entire US$40M-plus project was handled by China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC), a Chinese company which is now planning to participate in a number of other ones. Yesterday, GPL officials confirmed that indeed there is no power on the submarine cable and that likely an overseas firm will have to be engaged. There have been questions from other stakeholders about the integrity of the cable laid by CMC. It was supposed to be buried at least three meters and protected to avoid the vessels that ply the Demerara River. There has also been worry about the quality of the submarine cable. GPL has reportedly withheld over US$4M from CMC for the substation project and it is from this that the state-owned company will fund the repairs to the submarine cable. GPL came under scrutiny last week again after Minister of State Joseph Harmon in responding to media questions said that he is of the view that a contractor’s track record must be an important consideration when evaluations are done. CMC’s handling of the sub-stations and transmission lines project had been cited. The contractor wants to work on another major GPL project- this time a $3.8 B (US$18.6M) for meters and for more transmissions lines. Harmon said that anyone can submit a bid, but it is up to the evaluators to ensure that contractors with bad track records do not get the contract. He noted that when the documents come to Cabinet, it is for Cabinet to either object or give its no objection to the contract. “Performance at previous contracts must be a factor to be taken into consideration. At the level of evaluation, it then goes to National Procurement and Tender Administration Board where another level of evaluation takes place. And they will scrutinize the contract.”


Back in May, it had been reported that bids were being assessed for a contract to install a medium and low voltage distribution network, as well as smart meters in order to upgrade GPL’s services.

damaged during the dredging operation on the evening of July 12. The non-service of the submarine cable has nothing to do with the quality of the cable.

The system GPL currently uses has been deemed unreliable. In addition, an upgrade was necessary before any plans for hydropower could come on stream.

It is simply not true that GPL has withheld over US$4M from CMC; this is a sensational fabrication by Kaieteur News.

CMC was one of five companies which submitted bids, but the company was already harshly evaluated by consultants for an $8.4B (US$42M) it undertook to build transmission lines and seven substations.

2. (2) Response from CMC: No abnormality has ever been detected in the GPL submarine cable

CMC may be awarded another GPL project ‒ the $3.8B Power Distribution Project. This may be the real reason why our company has been repeatedly targeted by Kaieteur News. Yours faithfully, Huibao Jin (Andrew) Project Director CMC

By STAFF WRITER --August 3, 2016--Stabroek News Dear Editor, I feel compelled to reply to Kaieteur News’ recent report ‘GPL in quandary as Chinese-built submarine power cable remains down’ (July 31) so people in Guyana could have a second opinion about what really happened to the submarine cable. The report questioned if the cable laid by the China Machinery Company (CMC) was buried at least three metres under the riverbed as stipulated by the contract. The facts are as follows: Both GPL and the engineer had gone to great lengths to ensure that the burial depth was achieved when the operation was carried out in March 2012. The depth measurement device was calibrated and verified by representatives from all three parties. Laying the submarine cable was carried out on section by section basis. Only the log sheet printed by the depth measurement device was signed off by the representative of the engineer before we could move on to the next section. The submarine cable was put into operation on December 4, 2012 and no abnormality has ever been detected. As far as we know, the cable was ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Media Officials and Journalist of Guyana Visit to China

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he eighteen (18) member delegation that attended the 2016 seminar for media officials and journalist of Guyana returned on August 1 after a three (3) weeks in China. Our visit to China revealed country we had only seen on television usually a little village where the inhabitants live in poverty lines (movies like Kung-fu Panda). This is so far from the China we experienced. Those movies never revealed the full magnitude of China’s development, the highways that link all the peoples of China from the most far flung and remote regions to the center, Beijing, provincial airports that could rival many on the international list. It took us three hours to fly from Beijing to Yunnan, one of China’s many provinces and I learnt that it takes about six – seven days to journey by road. What is amazing is that it can actually be done by road. Our visit showed the vastness of this great country. But, again, what we found fascinating was the landscaping that covers every metre of parapet lining every highway and road, the trees, the flowers, especially the roses. As one member of the delegation (Rabindra Rooplall) said, if you are to be stuck in traffic, and Beijing traffic is something to experience, then let there be something beautiful to look at. Beijing has lots of beautiful scenery for persons stuck in traffic. Our capital city Georgetown carries the

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moniker, ‘the Garden City’. Beijing is in a class by itself. Notwithstanding the scenery and distractions at every turn, we, the media officials of Guyana were able to develop an understanding of why China is advancing in the world of communications. Mr. Ambassador, it is clear that your country places the advancement of this sector as one of its top priorities. This is the age of information and communication and the Government of the People’s Republic of China has taken bold initiatives to have propelled the country as a world leader in the field. There is much that the world can learn from China and there is a lot that China can share with the world, especially with Guyana. Globally, traditional media forms are being threatened. Newspaper, radio and television agencies find themselves struggling to hold on to advertisers and their consumers. This is the era of new media where the consumer is the boss and they are determining not only the content they want to receive but also when they want to receive it. It is view on demand. They are also looking for a more interactive experience. China has not only recognized the challenges but, has made the investments necessary to advance to satisfy the demands of the discerning consumer.


This has placed China as a global leader in the communications industry. As Mr Zing Qingjung of new technologies of China – RTV and 3-Network Integration said, by 2020 consumers will be communicating with gigabit speed. 5G would be here. “I believe China will be one of the drivers of the development of this technology. For a small developing country such as Guyana, keeping up with the ever c h a n g i n g wo r l d o f communications technology is difficult. This is why we value highly our friendship with countries like China that are willing to share their technologies with us and to reach out with a helping hand. On this visit we were able to see and learn of strategies used by Chinese media corporations to make new media technologies work for them. This has given us ideas of things we can do back home to help our media agencies. China’s development of Digital Terrestrial Mobile Broadcast technology which it is unfolding in countries in different hemispheres is a clear demonstration of the advancements China has made in the field of communications technology. Our visit to China not only opened our eyes to new and emerging technologies in the field of communications and cutting edge research that drive the development of the technology, it also presented innovative ways through which the Chinese media companies have been able to transition in to new media platforms.

In addition, we were immersed in to the true culture of China, its people; we never knew that China had so many ethnic minorities. We enjoyed traditional foods and sampled some of the delicacies in Chinese cuisine. Fried frogs! Our three weeks were full; they were rewarding, entertaining and holds much promise for improved Guyana-China relations in the future, especially in the communications sector. Mr. Ambassador, would you kindly convey to your government, the full gratitude of eighteen Guyanese media officials and journalist for the opportunity to visit your beautiful; country and to learn from some of the world’s best in the field of communications. To our own government, we are honoured to be selected to attend this seminar and would like to say a heartfelt thank you for reposing confidence in us. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Confucius Institute at University of Guyana (CIUG)

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Giftland

onfucius Institutes are non-profit centres of learning that have been established world-wide for the learning of Chinese language and understanding Chinese culture. Hanban, a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China is the Confucius Institute Headquarters committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide. This is done through the Institutes which go all out in meeting the demands of foreign Chinese learners and contributing to the development of multiculturalism and the building of a harmonious world.

first session of learning Chinese was held at the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry.

Such an Institute has been established at the University of Guyana. From the time of its formal enrolments in March 2014 and up to September 2016, over 1300 students have been registered in Chinese courses and about 400 students have finished their Chinese studies at different levels. On September 14, 2016 a very important step was taken in deepening the functions of the Confucius Institute at UG when it established cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana. The

In July, 2016, the Confucius Institute at UG together with the Confucius Institute of Armenia held a Summer Camp in China, in which some of the students of CI-UG spent 14 days at Beijing and Dalian. In addition, the radio broadcast of “China Kaleidoscope” hosted by Connie Zhao on “Voice of Guyana” in FM 102.5 & AM 560 provides varieties of Chinese music to the audience, sharing interesting stories behind the music, as well as many other aspects of Chinese culture, tradition and customs.

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Apart from promoting Chinese languge learning, several cultural activities are provided by the Confucius Institute at UG. An excellent example of these was“From The Great Wall to Kaieteur Falls”, a performance at the National Cultural Center by the Art Troupe of Dalian University of Foreign Languages in China on May 23, 2016.This was the contribution of the Confucius Institute dedicated to the celebration of the 50 Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence.


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Chinese class in MFA-Paper-cutting

Moreover, the Confucius Institute has so far transcended the study of Mandarin by presenting several other instructive and entertaining cultural activities. These include a lecture on Traditional Chinese Medicine by Doctor Jia Lei from the 11th Chinese Medical Team at the Turkeyen Campus; the Chinese Delicacy Festival at UG;Celebrating Chinese Year of the Monkey at the Giftland Mall in Liliendaal; Participating in the “Open Day” of the Cyril Potter College of Education and at North Georgetown High School; Creating Chinese Culture Club in the Marian Academy in which a different Chinese cultural activity is demonstrated for the students once a month. The Institute also participates in“World Story-telling Day” and “World Poetry Day” presented annually in March by the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama for the Ministry of Culture. The various involvements have further widened to include helping to donate money for polio-suffering children, among other things.

above, the Confucius Institute receives generous help and support from many Chinese companies in Guyana. The Institute at UG would like to take this opportunity to give our gratitude to them, as well as to the Chinese Embassy and the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s office of that Embassy in Guyana.

In carrying out many of the activities mentioned

This illustrates the functions and value of Confucius Institutes and gives an idea of how they carry out a mandate of international cultural cooperation as well as the provision of education. The significance of the operation of this Institute at UG deepens when one considers the fact that Guyana has important historical ties with the Chinese people and Chinese descendants are a part of the Guyanese population. Added to that are the strong links in politics, trade, economics and commerce that have developed between the two countries. The presence and work of the Confucius Institute can increase the understanding of the people and improve relations. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Teacher Connie Zhao from Confucious Institute

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onnie Zhao is a Chinese language lecturer at the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) and a lecturer at Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DFUL) in China. She received her Bachelor of bilingual study on English and Japanese with honour and her Master of teaching methods from DUFL. From 2008 to 2009, Connie majored in Pedagogics at Tokyo Foreign Languages University in Japan. In June, 2014, on behalf of China, Connie attended “World Youth Festival” in Russia and studied at Far Eastern Federal University as a visiting scholar. In September, 2015, Connie was dispatched to UG by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) and DFUL, and so far more than 200 Guyanese have learned Chinese from her. From February, 2016, she started to host a radio program called “Chinese Kaleidoscope” in FM 102.5 & AM 560 via Voice of Guyana, sharing more Chinese language and culture with the local people. From September, 2016, Connie took the Chinese language course at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to 52 officials. Connie deeply believes in maintaining a strong connection between the language learning and cross-culture understanding. She is very experienced in language teaching skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing, and has extensive knowledge in calligraphy, paper cutting, Tachi and etc.

Realizing My “China Dream” in Guyana

The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxieties; and the bold from fear. Confucius 知 者 不 惑 , 仁 者 不 忧 , 勇 者 不 惧 。 ——孔子 As infinite stars shimmering in a midnight sky, so are the desires of my heart. Yet some stars blaze more brightly than others. The distance from Dalian, my hometown to Georgetown is around 15,600 km, which is an enormous distance in geographic terms. The flight takes more than 20 hours through oceans, forests, deserts and frozen tundra, connecting one great civilization with another one. From the view of flight, the Demerara River flows down from the middle highlands into the north

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Connie Zhao gulf, and the wind blows eastward from the Caribbean Sea, sending the national flag dancing among the many colourful-topped houses in Guyana. Now I’m sitting in my dorm with a view of the plain grassland in the UG campus, which is surrounded by the palm trees, with horses paddling gracefully like ballerinas. I think it is a good time to ruminate on my tense yet fascinating one-year life in Guyana.

Part A: Hello, I am A Chinese language teacher.

A Chinese craze has been sweeping the world and it has arrived in Guyana. When they meet Chinese people on the street,more and more Guyanese can say 你好 (nǐhǎo, hello). Increasing numbers of


products made in China are now used by Guyanese, and the enthusiasm for understanding China and Chinese culture is on the rise, as more Guyanese are showing an interest in learning Chinese. It is a little difficult for Guyanese to speak Chinese since there is no distinction of the four tones in English as there is in Chinese. But it is even more difficult to learn characters than to learn the four tones. A character learnt one day is very likely to be forgotten out the next. Interestingly, some students managed to figure out some tricks for learning Chinese characters. For example, some students love the character 中 and can easily recognize it from among many other unknown characters, since it looks like a rectangle with a vertical bar going through its midpoint. Some students said 盖 as in 盖子 (a lid) looks like 羊 (a lamb) lying on the bottom of 盒 (a box), thus the character becomes much easier to remember. “再见 (zàijiàn, goodbye)” said the official at the Office of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chinese after receiving my materials for the extension of stay. This really surprised me. What I never imagined was that, several weeks later, these officials would soon be my students. When I came again to the Office of Protocol, I brought with two big bags of Chinese textbooks instead of my materials this time. There were 52 officials from 16 different government departments waiting for me. To help them communicate better in Chinese with Chinese people, before the class I selected some Chinese sentences which would be most likely used in their work, and let them practice dialogues that would occur in common situation sin class.

One student in UG class left a deep impression on me. She is a Guyanese with Chinese appearance. She attended every class and handed in every piece of homework during the sessions of training. Even though she started from scratch, she now can speak about China in Chinese sentences. In her eyes, the meaning of learning Chinese is extraordinary; it is like a bridge linking not only the past, in which her ancestors sailed from China to Guyana, but also the future, where the bond between China and Guyana becomes stronger. Language plays the most fundamental and most crucial role. This is the reason why I spare no efforts in promoting the Chinese language education. I like my students breaking into smiles in the class; they would like ponder as they relate to me about their love for the Chinese language. In the foreseeable future, learning Chinese language will become a fad in Guyana. On the road to Chinese language learning, you always take pleasure in gazing to the east, looking at the horizon in distance, knowing that over the horizon lies endless possibilities.

Part B: Where I am, there is Chinese culture.

Only when I was in a foreign country did I realize the importance of understanding my own culture. In order to introduce Chinese things to Guyanese friends, I do quite a lot of research, preparing myself to answer the questions, such as “what does Spring Festival mean to Chinese people?”, “what kind of tea do Chinese people usually drink?”, “how can Chinese people remember so many characters?” and so on. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Teacher Connie Zhao ... A “Chinese fever” is set off by the various and continuous Chinese promotional activities held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana. For the past year, I visited actively Marian Academy, Giftland Mall and other places in Georgetown, performing Chinese calligraphy, Tachi, Chinese folk art, Peking Opera, and paper cutting, as well as giving Chinese class orientations and providing consultancy services on Chinese language learning, testing and studying abroad. Confucius Institute is a bridge of culture and friendship. Through its use, my Guyanese students have not only learnt Chinese culture from me but have also shown their own culture to me. If I ask my Guyanese friends what their most familiar symbol of China is, most of them will give the same answer, “fried rice”. Everyone has a dish or food which they will always remember. Speciality dishes are reminiscent of some memorable moment. A specialty one can never part with my life here is Guyanese cookup. Since the first time my students brought homemade cookup to me, cookup has become a dish as much for ordinary life as for memory for me; it’s something from which I can taste the pureness of ordinary life in Guyana. When blackout happened, my neighbour gave me an emergency light; such help and support is endless. So far, I have received a lot of hospitalities and warmth from the local people. I am moved by the people’s optimistic attitude towards life and their hard-working spirit to better their circumstances, which encourages me to do my best to contribute to the fullest of my ability. Part C: Guyana continues to fascinate and interest me The essence of a nation’s culture is usually hidden among the people. The multiculturalism of their community, their bustling narrow street and alleys, their brick and mortar tiles and waves dwelling all hold stories and memories of the people.

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Guyana has taught me to take life as it comes and to seize each opportunity to improve myself. As a matter of fact, I was not sure whether I was qualified before I came here. Finally, my teaching turned out to be a great success and my talents were widely acknowledged by my students. To my delight, this proved to be the direction in life I have always been looking for. Working here has opened my mind to new ways of seeing the world, and the past one year has been a time of growth and maturity for both my mind and character. Looking back, these have been the most exciting, challenging and rewarding year of my youth. As a facilitator of Sino-Guyana cultural exchange, I plan to concentrate on compiling a localized Chinese textbook so as to meet the needs of Guyanese learners of Chinese today, which will be the most memorable as well as painstaking experience. In addition, I have the thought of an interview “China and I”, inviting famous individuals from various fields in Guyana to share their stories of China. Coming to Guyana was an adventure, as it is for any young girl leaving far away from home for the first time, full of curiosity and wonder. However, I found myself realize my “China dream” which I pursued in my country. I consider the “China dream” as the emergence of Chinese culture and the Chinese people’s new found awareness that they can achieve success and happiness under their efforts. An open and tolerant Guyana provides people with a harmonious place to work in irrespective of their backgrounds, and shows me how different cultures can co-exist in peace and the win-win exchange between them. I work here, study here, and explore here with Guyanese people, whom I have learned and made progress together. Luckily, I came, I saw, I love.


Students’ Feedbacks from the Summer Camp of Confucious Institute

1. Expedition China

by Adelaja Kayode Dalrymple “ (Děng yī xià, Děng yī xià!) ” my colleague shouted at the airport attendant. She failed to get his attention before and for a good reason, she was using English; this was the moment that I realized we were in China. Not the 14 hours of flying, not the airhostesses bilingually helping each passenger and not even as the plane landed into (Guǎngzhŏ) Airport and we clambered onto a bus filled with Chinese Nationals that took us into the airport; none of these but only until we realized that in China we had to use Mandarin (Chinese). My brain woke up to that fact a little too late because of the almost countless hours we spent flying. Coming from Guyana, we flew 5 hours to New York to then be in transit for about 8 hours, and another 14 hours to

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(Guǎngzhŏ) Airport. Upon realizing this fact, I began to absorb all the sights and sounds around me. The airport we were in was huge but it seemed quite quiet at the time we arrived. As we made our way to the departure lounge, we scrambled at seats without handles so we could lie down. The flying was wearing us out but we were still excited. One more plane ride to go and we were…delayed. We grumbled to ourselves when we realized our 3 hour transit time may just have been extended. In waiting, we decided to find a water dispenser. The dispenser had three options for water temperature and to our surprise; the coldest water we could find was 80oC. At that time we were all just surprised but on our way back from China it was quite welcomed as we purchased noodles and were happy to have even hotter water to enjoy our noodles. As we landed in Beijing, our tiredness left us and our


excitement rose again. This airport was even bigger and we started the long trek to the baggage claim. Because of the hours flying, we made a washroom stop. The male washroom was like any other except for one man I noticed. His head was bald, bald and shiny to the point I could almost see my reflection in it. This made me snigger as I made my way out. The baggage claim was almost as large as the airport I left in Guyana and I had to take a panorama photograph to get it all in. As we made our way with our bags, we were then met by the sweetest tour guides you had ever met. Lotus and Miguel stood with a sign waiting to receive us. Upon noticing us, they smiled and nodded with approval. But even before they noticed us, we noticed them for they had our flag flying high in waiting for us. We quickly moved into formation for a group photograph and headed for the bus. As the bus made its way to the hotel, Lotus kept us fully occupied. She shared countless stories, theories and life experiences we all enjoyed; the way in which she would speak to our instructor in Mandarin and then to us in English only made us happier as we were glad she was accommodating us. As the bus drove on, we saw wide streets lit with florescent lamps that seemed orange through the bus windshield. The ups and downs of the road accompanied by the continual shifts of lanes gave us a very new experience of driving. Arriving at the hotel, we quickly went to our rooms after

collecting our key cards. However, as much as I was tired I found it hard to sleep as I began to think of all the experiences awaiting me. Early the next morning, we had our first “authentic� (simply because it was made and prepared in China) Chinese breakfast, at the hotel. The wide selection of different foods made us eager to eat and we tried as much as we could. Some foods were similar yet so different and some just different as we made our way through the selections. After breakfast, my colleague and I decided to take a stroll around the block to take in more sights. We took pictures along every street (even noticed a few people taking pictures of us), enjoyed crossing the wide roads, looked at persons within a park practice dancing steps and Tai Chi and also noticed the numerous stores that lined each and every street. As we made our way back to the hotel, we began to think of the train ride later that day. Coming off the bus, we expected to cross the street to get to the train station but we soon saw a busy street filled with more cars than we could count and a barricade on the opposite side. Pondering how we were to cross, our instructor then brought a large overpass to our attention. On reaching its peak, our eyes met maybe hundreds of people going in and out. But the amount of people did not match the confusion you would expect, we moved very easily and smoothly to our carriage. Once settled in the ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Students’ Feedbacks ... train, I was satisfied to know that all the books I had read before about trains were true. My first train ride was about to begin. The train seemed to almost bounce as it travelled on the tracks. For me, there was a comfort in the train ride I had never felt before. It was now 6 hours to Dalian, but the time paled in comparison to the hours experienced before. We arrived to a calm Dalian Train Station a bit later that night. As we congregated with the group from Armenia we suddenly heard a familiar voice. Another one of our instructors came to greet us and we were excited to see a familiar face. We took another group picture and were then able to meet our Dalian University Volunteer. Getting on the bus, we were between sleep and wake until we arrived at the university. We once again collected key cards for our rooms and took turns to take the elevator up. Our rooms were almost like the ones in the hotel but had a more homely feel. I fell asleep much faster that night in anticipation of a week of new and exciting experiences. Our week in Dalian was unlike any other. Sunlight met us every morning before 5am and left until around 7pm each day as if it was happy to have us there. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style e and we were never tired of the variety. We had our choice of vegetables, vegetable salads, fruits, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, and even flour products such as steamed bread and dumplings. The chefs even completed a request from us for chicken stew of which they did quite savoury. Our week consisted of Chinese classes and tours but even when not occupied with these, the campus itself had its own experience to impart. Our Volunteer accompanied us to our classes and helped to translate where necessary. We had Chinese Language classes where we were fully taught in Mandarin and a few cultural classes in which we learned about Chinese tea, festivals and martial arts. Some of our best experiences came from being able to meet Chinese masters in various arts; paper cutting, dough figurines and zither/guzheng (gǔ zhēng). Between our classes we were able to interact with people from different nationalities in Chinese. As the afternoons came, we would find ourselves at the Square learning our Chinese song. Even after so long, we can still find

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ourselves humming to the tune: Gēnzhe wŏ zuŏshŏu, yòushǒu yīgè màn dòngzuò. Our tours took us all over Dalian and were quite exhilarating. We visited a museum, malls, and seaport and even arrived at the Dalian Zoo. The malls we visited were unimaginably large to us; just walking through them was an adventure. We say countless unique items and even brought back a few. However, the zoo provided us with a memory etched to our memories. We battled our way up a mountain to see an elephant show. Its completion was near when we arrived but we were more than amazed to see elephants and then a most wondrous opportunity came, to sit on the elephant. At first I was a little hesitant but after seeing a little girl take the opportunity and from the coaxing of a colleague, we made our way. At first I thought the elephant might have trouble lifting me up but the moment I sat on his trunk I felt like a piece of paper. He held me up so easily that I became gleefully excited. A grin ran across my face that I could not hide. The elephants on the peak were awesome but the variety of animals left could each hold their own due to their uniqueness. We saw tigers, bears, giraffes, ostriches, zebras and China’s own and very famous Pandas. They were quite adorable in the way they slept and rolled to where they wanted to go. Our week in Dalian was coming to an end but it became complete at our farewell ceremony. We put on a cultural show where we each displayed culture from our origin countries and also displayed what we learned from our time spent in Dalian. At the end, we all sang the song we learned and watched a video made by the Volunteers to make our stay a permanent one within the memory of the campus. We spent the night packing and enjoying our last few moments at Dalian. Early the next day we prepared to take our train back to Beijing for our final week. Being back in Beijing and meeting Lotus felt great, here we were now going to spend a week with her and also explore what more China had to offer. We took tours all week sightseeing Beijing. Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Silk Factory, Tea House and The Great Wall were a part of our many stops. We visited different restaurants each day with different cuisine and our knowledge of Chinese cuisine expanded. We were also quite privileged to sit in a restaurant where Jackie Chan once ate and enjoy the Chinese delicacy of Roast Duck. Our trip to the Great Wall left the biggest impact on me. We left extra early the morning for the Great Wall so as to avoid traffic. As we met the outskirts of

Beijing we began to see sightings of the Great Wall and its majesty increased the closer we got. At the base of the mountain, the Great Wall seems a great challenge and it was. Countless other persons were there making the trip and even took pictures with us as we progressed to the top. As we made our way up we battled with a pain in our joints that wanted us to stop but each time we stopped and took in our view, we became encouraged to go on. On reaching top excitement filled us, here we were atop one of the Wonders of the World with a breathtaking view. It makes you appreciate life and it is as if your view changes after making your way up. Our Instructor told us that making up to the top made us heroes and we smiled even more at the thought. The day we left China was sad and happy; sad to leave but happy because of the countless experiences. Lotus was seeing us of and we all hugged her and expressed that we would miss her. She then thanked us for being so nice to her and exchanged emails so we could always contact her. Our flight back didn’t seem as long as we took more advantage of the luxuries afforded to us on the flight. Our transit in New York somewhat acclimatized us to where we were headed. On arrival in Guyana, we felt plucked out from China as things seemed so different and it was as if we had not been in Guyana for years. The trip to China through the Confucius Institute is surely something I would be happy to do again. To believe that learning a language afforded us such an opportunity is a thought to behold. A language is more than words; it embodies the thoughts and culture of all its people. Expedition China was unbelievable and I hope you can go to believe.

2. The Chinese Experience By Crystal Crawford

It is still quite foggy and dreamlike that I travelled half way around the world to one of the most influential countries. Our first glimpse of China was the majestic plane that was filled with excited Chinese nationals thrilled to go home; hearing mandarin rustles through the air I fought with the seat belt. After 22 hours of gruesome flying, we finally arrived at the Beijing international airport after a short stay at Guangzhou international airport. Walking towards the arrival bay, I noticed The Golden Arrow head barely moved as if to get my attention. As my eyes followed the pole to see its bearer, I noticed Lotus and to her right, Miguel. In her right hand bore a ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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Students’ Feedbacks ... note typed in characters; I barely deciphered Guyana and immediately, I could feel the rush of blood to my cheeks, the fine hairs on my neck took an erected position; my heart skipped its 63rd beat. A smile, plastered my face and for a split second unbelief flooded my mind. I could almost feel a tear ready to descend my face. It was this point I realized we were in China. We found comfort in the awaiting tour guide bus. “I will give the Chinese lady your tickets for the train to Dalian tomorrow” as a resounding laughter filled the bus. It was Lotus as she continued to entertain us. In between trying to admire the night traffic of Beijing and listening to Lotus, we arrived at the Da Bao hotel. That night I lay in the hotel bed thinking of my first mandarin class, thinking about that cheese cake my roommate was flaunting earlier, life and its challenges up to this point, what the bullet train would be like, what Dalian would look like, what it would feel like to climb the great wall, and my brain drifted into overdrive. But I disappeared into the covers. After breakfast the next morning we strolled along the streets of Beijing, noticed every car, the confused faces at the sight of our melanin rich skin, the startled stares of children as they drew closer to their parents, the wave of an old guy as he hailed us from his faithful bicycle. And suddenly, my ear drums were surprised by the uninvited yet welcome guest. As I turned to its source, I quickly realized the strange gyrations of the elderly, moving elegantly behind the beautiful cascade of flowers that so effortlessly stole the show. As my knees were set in motion to prove my agility I noticed the road side barber shop and the canine tetrapod that lay staring at his master. We quickly returned to the hotel, as to not worry Ms. Ma our Confucius institute director by staying too long. Later that day Miguel quite ably escorted us to lunch. There was fine Chinese food just waiting to be devoured, it was my favourite place thus far. Later that day, we were once again escorted to the Beijing train station by Miguel. The constant clanging of an aluminium cup by a vagrant etched my nerves as we tried to squeeze through the massive yet orderly crowd. As we observed all security measures, I couldn’t help but notice the modelling march of two soldiers as they moved in unison neatly clad in their green uniforms. As I smiled at the sight of Lotus we successfully

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boarded the train destined for Dalian. “Ba ba ba ba”, the impatient cry only kept increasing. The toddler to the front of me kept blurting impeccable mandarin for most of the train ride; my only conclusion was that she spoke more Chinese than I. Six hours elapsed and we arrived at the cold and seemingly closed train station, where The Dalian contingent including one of our Chinese teachers from Guyana eagerly greeted us. After helping us to pack our luggage unto the bus, we quickly found a seat and sleep gripped us. Awakened by the cold rush of wind that welcomed us as we disembarked the bus on arrival to the Dalian University of Foreign Languages, we ventured to our dorms in the night’s dew, where we were lifted by the God sent elevator and escorted to our dorms. It was there a file which included our schedule, a noted book and a pen was neatly laid out on the table. The following morning, as we rode the elevator on our way to breakfast, the calm sea port breeze cooled our bodies as my nose rejoiced to the heavenly scent of Chinese breakfast. From sausages to Chinese tea, the gorgeous buffet style did not waste as the Guyanese team swept through like a tornado. The following days in Dalian would be forever engraved in our memories, from authentic Chinese cuisine, to tours, Chinese lessons, paper cutting, dough figurine classes, and martial arts. Not forgetting the night life at the squires that I was too exhausted to attend. To the learning of a Chinese song that is forever stamped in my head. The endless shopping malls that my pockets could no longer produce any ren min bi, to the Dalian museum. We even visited the diverse Dalian zoo, beautifully carved in the mountains. The wrestling of black bears greeted us as they performed for an attentive audience. We climbed the steep mountain in search of the elephant show. With every pant and trod we were like soldiers under intense training, but none surrendered. We finally reached and pressed through just to get a faint glimpse of these huge mammals. With every bow and jiggle they displayed mere pose and elegance which was immediately followed by the applause of an ecstatic crowd. Soon after, everyone rushed to get a photograph with these huge beasts. I joined the endless line waiting for my turn. As the sun burnt man positioned the animal’s trunk to support my overweight shell I hopped on only to be gently elevated and restored to my original position.


Following the elephant show, was the panda village, where the National Treasures of China seemed more interested in bamboo than the many persons there to see them. The African Herbivores area was the next stop where one would be enchanted to see the beautiful giraffes that were only attracted to the shrubs our hands bore. Admiring the plumaceous plumage of the hefty ostriches, my attention was shifted to the fact that our adventure had just started. The final day included a graduation ceremony, where we were on exhibition. Grouped with our Armenian friends we melodiously sang the lyrics of the Chinese pop song we gathered at the square to learn every night. Representing the rich culture of Guyana I was dressed in my African wear, my roommate Esther in her Indian wear, the boys and the other two members of the team in their wayward attire, as we sang “Oh beautiful Guyana” and “I am a Guyanese”. The next day, we were once again escorted to the Dalian train station. This time with all the volunteers and teachers present ready to assist at our beckon. As we disembarked the bus, hurrying to the exits gates we said our goodbyes, to almost everyone that was present. I quickly hugged my new friends some unsuccessfully battling tears. As we waved our last goodbye, I managed to squeal three words. Wo ai dawei. (I love dalian) On the train to Beijing, there was no chatter of a toddler but the squeaks of a seemingly over worked trolley. My attention promptly rose to the shouts of soup for sale in mandarin as the attendant passed. There I was again, thinking of what awaited in Beijing, and its attempt to surpass the experiences in Dalian. The train ride seemed shorter as I was acquainted with its stops and the lush bush that reminded me of Guyana. Back in Beijing, as we forced to disembark the train my eyes wandered until I caught the Golden Arrow Head fluttering in the afternoon breeze. There was Lotus holding our flag so proudly, for a second I forgot she was Chinese. So happy to see us, her stories continued and once again we followed her lead to the bus, which took us back to the dabao hotel. The following morning after breakfast, we assembled in the lobby. There was Lotus with our flag ready to exploit the adventures of the day. That week in Beijing did not disappoint. We visited the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Ming’s tomb, Lamah’s temple, Summer Palace, restaurants,

majestic shopping malls, The Silk Museum. We even saw the bird nest stadium. It was however, the Great Wall that was simply classic.4000 miles of defence and grandeur. A preserved art of stone and strength yet signs of weakness and flaw. I could still remember the chatter of hundreds of teens as they swarmed past our slowly moving squad. With every stride, with every salty drop of sweat we finally reached the top; an immaculate view that no camera could capture. Here I was and as I elevated the pole that bore the Golden Arrow Head at the other end for a picture, I heard mandarin only to realize I was photo bombed. To my surprise I was “somehow” seasoned to the many photographers we encountered, without warning our pictures were stored to their gadgets memory. As we descended the century old steps I could only reminisce on my short but impacting trip to China. I could only think of how blessed I was to have such an overwhelming experience. From the hospitality of our care takers, to the stories of a tour guide, how can I forget the day China welcomed us.

3. Memories from Summer Camp by Oladele Manifold

I learnt how to use chopsticks. The place is very clean. The people are friendly. The tea was amazing. Our tour guides were awesome. Good trip!

4. A thank letter from Sultana Fitzpatrick Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for making my trip to China such a memorable one. We were well looked after both in Dalian and Beijing. We saw many wonderful places and sampled delicious Chinese cuisine. Our Director Dawaimatao ( Janet) worked really hard to organize the trip at such short notice, and she took very good care of us. Both herself and Connie visited us and to make sure we were all well. I hope other students will be able to participate and experience the same as I have done. Once again many thanks Yours sincerely Sultana Fitzpatrick ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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From The Great Wall to Kaieteur Falls

The Chinese Show Joins the Independence Fever!

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n order to usher Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary, a culture show billed “From the Great Wall to Kaieture Falls” was dedicated to the people of Guyana in observance of the Golden Jubilee of Independence. The performance in the National Culture Centre by the Art Troupe of Dalian University of Foreign Languages was composed of Chinese martial arts, plays of different traditional Chinese musical instruments, traditional songs and dances, and a calligraphy show, and joined by a local dance. At first, it was assumed that people here would be a

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bit reluctant to participate because they did not know much about Chinese culture, but as it turned out nearly 1000 locals came to the show, making it a great success. When the performers ended, many of the audience came to the stage, enthusiastically asking if they could take photos with the performers. The exhibition increased the local people’s interest and understanding of Chinese culture and language. Many of them inquired about the Confucius institute’s educational programs and plans for cultural activities in 2016 as they looked forward to get more involved.


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China Trading Playing an Active Role in Guyana’s Development

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hina Trading Shopping Center continues to play an active role in the growth and development of Guyana. Over the past years we have been making our contribution towards society by way of donations to various governmental and non-governmental organizations. Through these organisations we are able to help motivate and encourage the people of Guyana to help build better communities. The existence of these non profitable organisation depends largely on the business community for funding that goes towards the maintenance and up keeping of their offices and buildings where they volunteer their services to help the less fortunate. Our help towards society went far and beyond for in the year 2015 China Trading in collaboration with the show organisers of China entertained the whole of Guyana with the ‘FESTIVAL OF CHINA‘ show where we had performers from Guyana,China and Suriname showing their talent in the most magnificent show ever seen by the Guyanese people. Free admission and transportation were given to 160 orphans from different orphanages such as The St. Anns Orphanage, Joshua House,Red Cross, West Ruimveldt Home, the Boys Orphanage in Kitty,Georgetown and the Girls Orphanage in Oleander Gardens on the East Coast Demerara.

Donations of Hampers to Kids First Fund Christmas Party.

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The commitment to operating within a safe and environmentally friendly manner will continue to be part of our focus for this is a challenge we face on daily basis as a Business as we strive to maintain a clean and healthy city. We strongly believe in supporting sports as this is the way and manner to encourage youths to use their energy in a very positive way. Over the past years we have been supporting events such as The Guyana Amateur Basketball Caribbean Championships , Martial Arts International Championships and the Mayor’s Cup Football Tournaments who recently receive donation for November 2016 Tournaments.

China Trading supporting basketball development in Guyana Over the years China Trading has been a major sponsor of basketball development in Guyana for the National Club Championships, Guyana’s participation in Men & Women Caribbean Basketball Championships and the hosting of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Under 16 Tournament. The GABF is appreciative of the contributions made to the development and promotion of basketball in Guyana by China Trading.

(on the right) organizer of Mayor’s Cup receiving donation for November 2016 Tournaments from China Trading.

The Mayor of Georgetown receiving Donation of 25 Disposal Bins, a collaboration of China Trading and The Association of Chinese Enterprise in Guyana.


Real Value Supermarket Giving Back to Society

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ince the official opening of Real Value Supermarket, there has been a concerted effort to give something back to society. We as part of the business community, recognize this as part of our corporate responsibility. We continue to assist non-profit and nongovernmental organizations along with private citizens with donations as far as possible. This extends to community projects and sports in general. We have launched two projects at St.Angela Primary School the first one was disbursements of monetary awards were given to the top ten (10) students from the Grade 6 class and second being the top two (2) students from Forms 1 through Form 4 are the recipient of bursary awards. The idea behind this venture is to help develop the nation through education. This drive has been

Monetary Donation Awards Presented to the Top Ten Grade 6 Students of St. Angela’s Primary School

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initiated by our president, HIS EXCELLENCY David Granger. In the sporting arena we are also proud donors of prizes for athletes who excel in their respective disciplines.

Guyana Masters Athletics Association Treasurer Mr. Malcolm Defreitas as Masters runner receives sponsorship cheque from Real Value.

Prize Giving Ceremony at the Pegasus Hotel for Bodybuilding Competition.


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Guyana Overseas Missions BELGIUM

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GREECE & MIDDLE EAST

Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary 12 Avenue du Bresil 1050 Brussels, Belgium Tel: (32) 2-675-6216 Email: embassy9.guyana@skynet.be

Presidential Envoy Arithmos Stavros 3 & Makka 1 Emplokib, Athens Greece 11503 Tel: (301) 813-73-20/1 E-mail: guyanamissiongr@gmail.com

BRAZIL

INDIA

Honorary Consul Rua Lauro Muller Nr. 116 Grupo 2604 Torre do Rio Sui Botafogo - Rio de Janeiro 22290-160, Brazil Tel: (21) 25429595/25410191 E-mail :oficia I.cha nce la ria@ consuladoguianario.com.br

High Commissioner B-3/20 Vasant Vihar New Delhi - 110057 India Tel: (9) 111-4166-9717/8 E-mail: hcommguy.del@gmail.com

CANADA

JAPAN

High Commissioner 151 Slater Street Suite 309 Ottawa KIP SH3 Canada Tel: (613) 235-7249/235-7240 Email: guyanahcott@rogers.com

Honorary Consul Nissho Iwai Building 4-5 Akasaka 2 Chome Ninato - KU Tokyo 107 Japan Tel: (81) 3-3406-3363

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

KOREA

No. Xiu Shui DongJie Jaing Guo Men Wai Beijing People’s Republic of China Tel: (861) 532-1601/532-2066 E-mail: guyemb@public3.bta.net.cn

Honorary Consul 104 Dong Byucksan Apts. 11102 Hongeun-Dong Seodaemoon-Kv Korea

CUBA

RUSSIA

Ambassador Calle 17, No. 506 Entre Avenidas 5ta y 7ma Miramar Havana - Republic of Cuba Tel: (537) 204-2094 E-mail: embguyana@enet.cu

Honorary Consul Consulate of Guyana 13/1 Nikoloyamskaya Str. Moscow 109240 Russia Tel: (007) 095-728-4910 ~

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SOUTH AFRICA Honorary Consul SPESA 1 West Street, Houghton Estate Johannesburg 2198 South Africa Tel: (27) 11-771-4000 Email: kojo@socialprivateentrepreneur.com

SURINAME Ambassador Gravenstraat No. 82 P.O. Box 785 Paramaribo - Republic of Suriname Tel: (597) 477-895/472-509 E-mail guyembassy@sr.net

GUYANA EMBASSY & PERMANENT MISSION TO THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES - WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary 2490 Tracy Place N.w Washington, D.C. 20008 USA Tel: (202) 265-6900/265-3834 Email: guyanaembassydc@verizon.net GUYANA PERMANENT MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Permanent Representative 801 2nd Ave #501 New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 573-5828-9 Email: Guyana@un.int

SWEDEN

GUYANA CONSULATE GENERAL NEW YORK, USA

Honorary Consul Consulate of Guyana Odengatan 33 SE-11351 Stockholm, Sweden Tel: (46) 8 408 27 853 Email: pereklund20@yahoo.com

Consul General Consulate General of Guyana 370 7th Avenue 4th Floor Seven Penn Plaza New York, N.Y. 10001 Consul General: (212)-947-5115 Passport Section: 212-947-5112 Tel: (212) 947-5110/947-5111

TURKEY

VENEZUELA

Honorary Consul Consulate of Guyana Veko Giz Plaza, 2nd Floor No. 3-4 Meydan Sokak 34398 Maslak Istanbul, Turkey Tel: (90) 212-290-2950/212-223-5047 Email: guyanaconsulate.tr@makzume.com erolmakzume@makzume.com

Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Quinta Los Tutis, Segunda Avenida entre Novena y Decima Transversal, Altamira, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela Tel: (58) 212-267-7095 E-mail: embguy@cantv.net •

UNITED KINGDOM High Commissioner 3 Palace Court Bayswater Court London W2 4LP - United Kingdom Tel: (44) 171-792-1178/171-229-7684; Email: guyanahc1@btconnect.com

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Embassy of the Argentine Republic 66 Brummel Place, Stabroek Georgetown Tel: (592) 231-9521/22 Email:eguya@mrecic.gov.ar

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba 46 High Street, Kingstown Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-1881; 226-8842 Fax: (592) 226-1824 Email: emguyana@networksgy.com

Embassy of the Russian Federation 3 Public Road, Kitty Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-1738; 226-9773 Fax: (592) 227-2975

Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil 308 Church Street, Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-7970/226-9693 Fax: (592) 226-9063 Email: brasemb.georgetown @itamaraty.gov.br

Delegation of European Commission 11 Sendall Place Stabroek, Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-4004/5424 Fax: (592) 226-2615 Email: delegation-guyana @eeas.eurota.eu

Consulate of Norway 364 Omai Street Prashad Nagar Georgetown Tel: (592) 223-5096

British High Commission 44 Main Street, Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-5881-4 Fax: (592) 225-3555 Email: bhcgeo@networks.gy.com

Indian High Commission 307 Church & Peter Rose Sts. Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-3996/8965 Fax: (592) 225-7012 Email: hoc.georgetown@mea.gov.in

Embassy of the Republic of Suriname 171 Peter Rose & Crown Streets Tel: (592) 226-7844; 225-2631 Fax: (592) 225-0759 Email: surnmemb@gol.net.gy

Canadian High Commission High & Young Street Kingston, Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-2081-2 Fax: (592) 225-8380 Email: grgtn@international.gc.ca

Embassy of Mexico 44 Brickdam, Stabroek Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-3987-90 Fax: (592) 226-3722 Email: mexicoembassygy@gmail.com

Embassy of the United States of America 99-100 Young & Duke Sts. Kingston, Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-4900-9 Fax: (592) 225-8497 Email: usembassy@yahoo.com

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China 2, Mandela Avenue, Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-1651 Fax: (592) 225-9228 Email: chinaguyana@yahoo.com

Consulate General of the Netherlands 24 Water Street, Georgetown (in care of John Fernandes) Tel: (592) 227-3344 Email:catheryn.carew@hotmail.com

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 296 Thomas Street, Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-1543/226-6749 Fax: (592) 225-3241 Email: embve.gygto@mppre.gob.ve

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Local Business Contacts PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANISATION

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMISSION Umbrella organization for most private sector business and employer organizations. Most major companies are also members. 157 Waterloo Street, N/Cummingsburg. Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-0977 Fax: (592) 225-0978 Email: office@psc.org.gy Website: www.psc.org.gy

GEORGETOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 156 Waterloo Street, N/Cummingsburg Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-6441 or 225-5846 Tel/Fax: (592) 226-3519 Email: gtchambe@networksgy.com / gccicommerce2009@gmail.com Website: www.gccigy.org

FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF GUYANA 157 Waterloo Street, N/Cummingsburg Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-9848 Fax: (592) 226-2832 Email: fpasect@guyana.net.gy GUYANA MANUFACTURING & SERVICES ASSOCIATION 157 Waterloo Street, N/Cummingsburg Georgetown Tel: (592) 223-7405/06 Fax: (592) 225-5615 Email: gma_guyana@yahoo.com Website: www.gma.org.gy GUYANA ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL AGENTS Wm Fogarty Building 34-37 Water Street, Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-7225 Fax: (592) 225-2513 Email: debra.barron@laparkan.com GUYANA RICE PRODUCERS’ ASSOCIATION Block X, Crane, West Coast Demerara Tel: (592) 254-2012/13 Email: rparice1946@yahoo.com INSTITUTE OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT 253-254 South Road, Bourda, Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-8949/226-4675 Fax: (592) 22ORGANISATION Email: iped@ipedgy.com Website. www.ipedgy.com TOURISM & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION OF GUYANA 157 Waterloo Street, N/Cummingsburg Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-0807/0817 Fax: (592) 2250817 Email: thag.secretariat@gmail.com Website: www.exploreguyana.org

BERBICE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND DEVELOPMENT 12 Chapel Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice Tel: (592) 333-3324 Email: bccda@guyana.net.gy L I N D E N C H A M B E R O F I N D U S T R Y, COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT 97-98 Republic Avenue, McKenzie, Linden Tel: (592) 444-2901 Email: infolindenchamber@gmailcom RUPUNUNI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Block ‘A’ Takatu Drive, Lethem, Rupununi Region 9 Tel: (592) 772-2213 Email: rupununirccigyahoo.com UPPER CORENTYNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY 157 Line Path ‘B’ Corriverton, Berbice Tel: (592) 339-2935 Fax: (592) 335-3738 Email: uccci_9@yahoo.com/ hemchand@ yahoo.com CENTRAL CORENTYNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 65 A Public Road, Rose Hall Town, Corentyne Berbice Tel: (592) 337-4778/5120 Email: central_chamber@yahoo.com WEST DEMERARA/EAST BANK ESSEQUIBO & ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Ocean View Dr. Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara Tel: (592) 269-0020 /30 Fax: (592) 269-0022 Email: westdemerara_chamber@yahoo.com

C O N S U LTAT I V E A S S O C I AT I O N O F GUYANESE INDUSTRY 157 Waterloo Street, N/ Cummingsburg, Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-4603, 225-7170 Fax: (592) 227-0725 Email: ramchancagi@gol.net.gy

GOVERNMENT OFFICES & AGENCIES MINISTRY OF TOURISM INDUSTRY & COMMERCE 229 South Road, Lacytown, Georgetown Tel: (592) 226-2505 Fax: (592) 225-9898 Email: wmilton_ps@yahoo.com MINISTRY OF FOREIGN TRADE & INT’L COOPERATION 254 South Road, Bourda, Georgetown Tel: (592) 227-7726 Fax: (592) 223-0900 Email: moftic@moftic.gov.gy GUYANA OFFICE FOR INVESTMENT (GO-INVEST) 190 Camp & Church Streets, Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-0658/3, 227-0653 Fax: (592) 225-0655 E-mail: goinvest@goinvest.gov.gy Website: www.goirupununircci@yahoo.com GUYANA RICE DEVELOPMENT BOARD 116-117 Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown Tel: (592) 225-8717 Fax: (592) 225-6486 Website: www.grdb.gy / grdb@gol.net.gy GUYANA TOURISM AUTHORITY National Exhibition Centre, Sophia, Georgetown Tel: (592) 219-0094-6 Fax: (592) 219-0093 Email: info@guyana-tourism.com Website: www.guyana-tourism.com

REGIONAL ORGANISATION CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY SECRETARIAT (CARICOM) P.O. Box 10827, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown Tel: (592) 222-0001-75 Fax: (592) 222-0171 Email: registry@caricom.org Website: www. caricom.org

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Guyana Contact Information BANKS Bank of Baroda 10 Avenue of the Republic, Robbstown, Georgetown Telephone: 226-4005, 226-4006 Fax: 225-1691 E-Mail: bobinc@networksgy.com Citizens Bank Guyana Inc. 201 Camp & Charlotte Streets, Lacytown, Georgetown Telephone: 226-1705-6 Fax: 226-1719 Website: www.citizensbankgy.com Demerara Bank Limited 230 Camp Street & South Road, Georgetown Telephone: 225-0610-9 Fax: 225-0601 E-Mail: banking@demerarabank.com Website: Website:www.demerarabank.com Guyana Bank For Trade & Industry Ltd. High & Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown 47-48 Water Street, Georgetown Telephone: 231-4400-8/226-8430-9 Fax: 231-4411/ 227-1612 E-Mail: banking@gbtibank.com Website: Website: www.gbtibank.com New Building Society Ltd. 1 Ave of the Republic, Georgetown Telephone: 227-4444 Fax: 225-0832 E-Mail: nbsltd@networksgy.com

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Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited 38-40 Water Street, Georgetown Telephone: 226-4091-5, 226-1691-5 Fax: 227-2921 E-Mail: waterstreet.branch@republicguyana.com Website: Website www.republicguyana.com Scotiabank 104 Carmichael Street, N/C/Burg, G/town / 63 Robb Street, Lacytown, G/town Telephone: 225-9222/ 226-4031 Fax: 225-9309 E-Mail: bns.guyana@scotiabank.com Website: Website: www.guyana.scotiabank.com

CAMBIOS A & N Sarjoo Cambio 15-16 America Street, Georgetown Telephone: 226-1638, 227-0061 E-Mail: sarjoo@networksgy.com L. Mahabeer & Son Cambio 124 King Street, Lacytown, Georgetown Telephone: 226-7280, 223-0844, 227-3832, 223-2929 Fax: 223-0844 Sookraj Cambio 108 Regent St, Lacytown, Georgetown Telephone: 227-3519 Fax: 227-594 Swiss House Cambio (F & F Foreign Exchange) 25 A, Water Street, Georgetown Telephone: 226-1723, 225-4915 Fax: 223-7316


RADIO STATIONS 89.1 FM 89.5 FM 94.1 FM 100.1 FM 102.5 FM/560 AM (Voice of Guyana) 103.1 FM Linden: 104.3 POWER FM

TELEVISION STATIONS Georgetown

Berbice

GEN-2 CNS-6 WRHM-7 & 89 HBTV-9 NCN-11 TVG-28 MBC-65 NTN-69 HJTV-72 Visions- 102

LRTV-10 DTV-8 CH.19

Essequibo RCA-8 Linden LTV-6

Bartica TTS%

HOSPITALS Davis Memorial Hospital 121 Durban Street, Durban Backlands, Georgetown Telephone: 227-2041-3 Fax: 225-2041 E-Mail: ber_davisdmh@yahoo.ca Website: www.dmhac.org Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Inc. 314 East Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown Telephone: 226-5783, 226-4279, 227-1087, 227-0539, 227-1622, 227-3491 Fax: 227-5203, 227-1616

Georgetown Public Hospital 258-259 Middle & Thomas Street Telephone:(592) Switchboa rd:226-7210,226-7214,226-7216 226-7217,226-7219,227-2240 Pharmacy226-7215, Dr.Dalip-226-7213 Email:gmcinc@networksgy.com Georgetown Medical Centre Inc. Prasad’s Hospital 258-259 Middle & Thomas Street, G/town Telephone: Switchboard: 226-7210, 226-7214, 226-7216, 226-7217, 226-7219, 227-2240, Pharmacy: 226-7215, Dr.Dalip-226-7213 Mr.Santosh-227-2233, Accounts-226-7218, Fax: 227-2215 E-Mail: gmcinc@networksgy.com Medical Arts Centre 265 Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, G/town Telephone: 225-7402 Fax: 226-5220 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 130-132 Parade Street, Kingston, G/town Telephone: 227-2071-5, X-Ray- 223-5449, Pharmacy227-2078, Lab- 223-5448 E-Mail: admin1@sjmh.org.gy Website: Website: www.sjmh.org.gy Woodlands Hospital 110-111 Carmichael Street North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, Guyana. Telephone: 226-2024/223-7023 Email: woodlandshospital-1@hotmail.com Website: www.woodlandshospital.com

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Guyana Contact Information Medicare Pharmacy 16 Hinck St. Robbstown, Georgetown Telephone:225-9369/227-0362 OR 267 ‘B’ New Market St. Telephone:225-9349 OR 26 Sandy Babb St, Kitty , Geogetown Telephone: 223-7188 Eureka Medical Laboratory 263 Thomas Street. Cummingsburg Telephone: 225-7574 Email: andrewboyle86@hotmail.com

TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER (MOBILE & LANDLINE) Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GTT&T) 79 Brickdam Georgetown, Guyana Telephone: 225-1315 Digicel Guyana Barrack Street, Kingston Georgetown, Guyana Customer Care: 592-669 DIGI (3444) Email: guyanacustomercare@digicelgroup.com

TAXI SERVICES Ambassador Taxi Service 12 Lamaha Street, Queenstown, Georgetown. Telephone: 227-3200, 227-6200 Classic Cabs 156 Alexander Street, Kitty, G/town Telephone: 227-4545, 227-4445

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Crown Cabs (Taxi) 317 East Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown. Telephone: 231-3535, 231-454 De Raja Taxi Service 17 First Street, Alberttown, Georgetown. Telephone: 231-2100, 223-5055 Diplomatic Taxi Service 248 Oronoque & Forshaw Sts., Queenstown, Georgetown. Telephone: 231-5999, 231-7277 Gem’s Taxi Service 79 Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown. Base 2 Kitty, Campbellville, Georgetown. Telephone: 225-5075, 226-1200/ 226-1300 Official Cabs - The Official Way To Travel 106 Garnett Street, Newtown, Kitty, Georgetown. Telephone: 227-5566, 227-5588 Progressive Youths Taxi Service Lot 3, Area ‘C’ Lusignan, E.C.D Telephone: 220-8073, 220-6700 City Taxi Vlissengen Rd Telephone: 225-6222 Kitty Cabs Alexanader Street Kitty, Georgetown Telephone: 226-9167


FERRY SERVICES

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Adventure Stelling (Essequibo Coast/ Parika) Telephone: 592-774-4272

Guyana Police 911,564 Quick response hotline: 225-6411

Bartica Stelling Bartica/Parika Telephone: 592-455-2273

Impact: 225-2317;227-4064/5

Georgetown Stelling Georgetown/Vreed-en-Hoop Telephone: 592-225-6471 Leguan Leguan/Parika Telephone:592-260-0726 Moleson Creek Canawaima Ferry Service (Guyana/Suriname) Telephone: 592-339-2744/2787 New Amsterdam Stelling (New Amsterdam/Rosignal) Telephone: 592-333-2512/333-4660 Parika Stelling (Parika/Essequibo/Leguan/Bartica) Telephone:592-260-4498

CID HQ 225-3650/225-84196 Police HQ 226-2487 Traffic HQ 227-2272 Traffic , Brickdam 225-*3794/225-6940 Ambulance Service 913 Fire Service 912 Demerara Habour Bridge 226-8027 Berbice River Bridge 327-5466/5676/5677

Vreed-en-hoop Stelling Telephone : 264-2336 For Private Hire Parika /Bartica OLD FORT TOURS 91 Middle st, South C/Burg Tel: 592-225-1035 OR 1995 Parika Highway, E.B>E Telephone 592-260-4536

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BANK OF GUYANA

NATIONAL LIBRARY

NEW THRIVING RESTAURANT

NATIONAL TRUST

WALTER WROTH MUSEUM

LIGHT HOUSE

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION PROMENADE GARDENS US EMBASSY POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Atlantic Ocean

SEAWALL BAND STAND

EVEREST GROUND

GETTING AROUND GEORGETOWN A Street Map

BOURDA MARKET

CAMP IYANGANA

CHINESE EMBASSY

ORCHID GARDEN HOTEL & MALL

AFRICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM

GCC GROUND

INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION


STABROEK MARKET

CHINA TRADING

NATIONAL MUSEUM

TOURISM MINISTRY

VENEZUELAN EMBASSY

ST. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL

CHINES ASSOCIATION H.Q.

Demerara River

BRICKDAM CATHEDRAL

BANKS DIH

ARRIVAL MONUMENT GARDENS

PROVIDENCE STADIUM

FOREIGN AFFAIR MINISTRY

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

INDEPENDENCE ARCH

1763 MONUMENT

CASTELANI HOUSE

NATIONAL ZOO

BOTANICAL GARDENS

SOPHIA EXHIBITION SITE

NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE


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GO-Invest

he Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) was established under the Public Corporations Act (1994) in 1994 as a semi-autonomous body and comes under the direct purview of the Office of the President. The CEO answers to a Board of Directors which is composed of representatives of both the private and public sectors. GO-Invest is divided into two divisions, one responsible for Investment Facilitation and Promotion and the other for Export Promotion. With these divisions, GO-Invest offers a full complement of services to local and foreign investors and exporters:

Investment Promotion & Facilitation

Export Promotion

• Serve as a primary contact for investors and liaising with government agencies throughout the investment process.

• Provide current and potential exporters with trade information for the successful exploitation of overseas markets.

• Provide investors with a comprehensive summary of steps necessary to commence business operations in Guyana and assisting throughout the process. (see Investor’s Roadmap)

• Assist exporters in promoting their products through participation in national and international exhibitions and trade missions.

• Provide information on incentives available to investors and regulations relevant to the sectors of interest. (see Investment Guide and Investor’s Roadmap) • D e v e l o p p ro f i l e s o n i nv e s t m e n t opportunities in Guyana. • Assist with obtaining factory space or land for investment purposes.

• Work closely with exporting organisations to ensure that problems affecting exporters are expeditiously addressed. • Recommend to Government practical measures to stimulate export trade. • A d v i s e t h e G o v e r n m e n t o n t h e formulation of national export policies and the implementation of such policies.

• Assist with coordination of joint venture efforts between local and overseas interests. • Advise Government on the formulation of national investment policies and the implementation of such policies.

Summary of Investment Incentives Available to Domestic and Foreign Investors - General Incentives : • Exemption from Customs Duty on most plant machinery and equipment

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• Exemption from Customs Duty on raw materials and packaging materials used in the production of goods by manufacturers • Exemption from Customs Duty and zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on raw materials and packaging for manufactures who export 50 percent or more of their products


• Unlimited carryover of losses from previous years • Accelerated depreciation on plant and machinery for approval activities • Full and unrestricted repatriation of capital, profits and dividends • Benefits of double taxation treaties with the UK, Canada, Kuwait and Caricom countries • Exemption from Customs Duty and zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on items approved under an Investment Agreement between the Government and the business • Exemption from Excise Tax on items approved under an Investment Agreement between the Government and the business • Zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on exports Tax holidays for projects that meet the requirements specified in the In-Aid of Industry Act

- Special Incentives (provided in addition to general incentives): • Export Allowances for non-traditional exports to markets outside Caricom. The actual amount deducted depends on the proportion of export sales to total sales. Does not include rice, lumber, timber, shrimp, rum, sugar, diamond, gold, bauxite, molasses, petroleum.

- Sector Incentives (provided in addition to general incentives):

• Exemption from Customs Duty on fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, weedicide, herbicides, inoculants • Zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on fungicide, herbicide, weedicide, pesticides, fertilizers • Exemptions from duties and taxes from items covered under an Investment Agreement Manufacturing • Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of process machinery and equipment including packaging equipment – fruit processing, sewing machines, four processing, poultry feed • Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of auxiliary equipment – boilers, fork-lifts, scales for continuous weighing, conveyors • Exemption from Customs Duty and zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on raw materials and packaging form manufacturers who export 50 percent or more of their products • Exemption from Customs Duty on raw materials and packaging materials used in the production of goods by manufacturers • Zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on sacks and bags used for packaging of goods • Exemptions from duties and taxes from items covered under an Investment Agreement Tourism

Agri-business

• For tourist hotels and eco-tourist hotel

• Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of machinery and equipment for land preparation, cultivation, harvesting – tractors, combines, bulldozers, excavators, etc.

• Tourist hotels – a hotel having at least 15 rooms and providing accommodation, services and activities intended to attract visitor on holiday

• Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of agro-processing equipment – sorting and grading of seeds, fruits presses and crushers • Zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on harrows, scarifiers, ploughs, weeders, hoes

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GO Invest % of export sales to total sales 10% or more –less than 21% Greater than 21% – less than 31% Greater than 31% – less than 41% Greater than 41% – less than 51% Greater than 51% – less than 61% Greater than 61% • New tourist hotels/eco-tourist hotel – exemption from Customs Duty and zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on equipment, furnishings, building materials, appliances – to a total value of up to 50% of the total investment • Expansions of existing tourist hotels/eco-tourist hotels – fiscal concessions of up to 25% of the additional investment Fisheries • Established fishing industries with fishing licences are eligible for exemption from Customs Duty for items such as spares, packaging material, fishing nets, floats, fishing vessels and wide range of fishing equipment • Small fishing establishments that provide evidence of their operations and supporting documentation from the Fishing Co-operatives are eligible for exemptions from Customs Duty and zero rate of Value-Added-tax on fishing nets, floats, rope, twine, cordage, hooks and sheet lead • Exemption from Customs Duty and ValueAdded Tax on outboard engines of up to 75 Hp • Exemptions from duties and taxes for items covered under an Investment Agreement Forestry • Exemption from Customs Duty of a wide range of forestry and sawmilling equipment – skidders, band saws, gang saws, chain saws, saws blades, etc. • Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of wood working equipment – lathes, sanders, routes, saws

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% of export profit deducible from income tax 25% 35% 45% 55% 65% 75% • Exemptions from duties and taxes for items covered under an Investment Agreement Mining • Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of mining equipment – for sorting, screening, separating, washing, crushing, grinding, mixing or kneading earth, stone, ores or other mineral substances; rock drilling or earth boring tools; furnaces and ovens for roasting, melting or heat treatment of ores, pyrites or of metals • Exemptions from duties and taxes for items covered under an Investment Agreement ICT • Exemption from Customs Duty on a wide range of ICT equipment including computers and their hardware accessories, integrated circuits, micro assemblies and apparatus • Zero rate of Value-Added-Tax on Computers and hardware accessories, routers, switches and hubs for networking computers, toner cartridges and ink cartridges for computer printers • Tax Holiday • Exemption from duties and taxes for items covered under an Investment Agreement Telephone: 592-2250658 eMail: goinvest@goinvest.gov.gy Main Office: 190 Camp & Church Streets, Georgetown, Guyana, South America.


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HO MUST DEDUCT INCOME TAX Every person paying emoluments which term includes salary, wages, bonuses, etc., whether of their own account or on behalf of any other person, hereinafter referred to as an Employer, must make tax deductions from such payments, the first deduction to commence from the first payment of emoluments, whether daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. PAY SUBJECT TO INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS Pay is an employee’s earnings for the period including the value of free board and lodging or any other perquisite, bonus, commission, overtime, director’s fees, compensation for loss of office and any other benefits or allowances. ITEMS NOT TO BE TREATED AS PAY The following items should not be treated as pay for taxation purposes:1. Pensions, and lump sums paid in respect of the commutation of pensions (whether statutory or under approved pension schemes) or in respect of once for all gratuities upon retirement; 2. Benefits under the National Insurance Act; 3. Payments of or contributions by the employer towards expenses that were actually incurred by the employee in performing the duties of his employment such as travelling and subsistence expenses;

4. Any salary, fees or share of profits which are to be taken into account in computing the gains or profits from a trade, business, profession or vocation. If the employer is doubtful whether a particular payment should be treated as pay for deduction purposes, he should consult the Tax Operations and Services Department. PAYMENTS CREDITED TO AN EMPLOYEE’S ACCOUNT Crediting pay to an employee’s bank account constitutes payment in the same way as payment in cash, and tax should be deducted accordingly. The same position applies if the amount is credited to an account with the employer on which the employee is free to draw, or is applied in reduction of a debt due by him to the employer, unless the debt arises from a payment in advance or on account of remuneration from which tax was deducted. Where there is any doubt as to whether a payment has been made, the matter should be referred to the Tax Operations & Services Department. VAT - Why VAT was Introduced Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced on the January 1, 2007, together with an Excise Tax (ET) on motor vehicles, petroleum, tobacco products and alcohol. VAT along with ET has replaced six (6) existing taxes, including Consumption Tax. ACEG Business Magazine 2017

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GRA MODERNISING GUYANA’S TAX SYSTEM VAT was introduced in Guyana as part of the Government’s plan to modernise and streamline the taxation system.

previous taxes, e.g. consumption tax; •

It is an efficient and relatively inexpensive tax to administer with operating costs typically in the region of only one per cent of the tax yield. Further economies in the overall cost of tax collection have been possible in Guyana because VAT replaced seven existing taxes. This means that a greater proportion of the taxes collected is available to the Government to spend on its social, economic and development programmes, for the benefit of all Guyanese citizens;

The tax provides for compulsory issue of tax invoices thereby providing an audit trail that gives an element of self – policing. This in turn makes the system less susceptible to fraud and evasion. There are also incentives for businesses to comply voluntarily with their legal obligations;

Since VAT is a transparent tax, the consumer knows exactly how much tax is being paid and which businesses are authorised to charge the tax;

Unlike corporation and personal income taxes, VAT does not tax investments and savings. Since VAT is payable on personal income when it is spent on goods and services, rather than when it is earned, this encourages saving rather than spending and indirectly rewards enterprise and encourages economic resilience;

Since VAT applies only to the domestic consumption of goods and services, the tax incurred in the process of producing exports can be fully identified and refunded, assisting exporters to be competitive in the world market. It does not damage export markets and allows existing businesses to grow;

It makes the country more attractive for investment purposes;

Visitors to Guyana making domestic purchases would contribute to the country’s revenue;

The tax covers a broad range of goods and

The concept of VAT was invented in the 1950s and it is now in operation, in one form or another, in more than 120 countries worldwide. Thus far, VAT has been good news for Guyana. There are many features that has made it an attractive revenue-raising option for the Government as it has brought benefits for the business community and consumers alike. Moreover, VAT was introduced as a mean to accomplish the following: •

To broaden the tax base, thereby spreading the burden of taxation more equitably;

To establish a fair system because it affects the broadest range of taxpayers so as to ensure more of the people who benefit from public services also contribute to paying for them;

Due to the fact that VAT is a tax on consumption, at the point of sale, there is an immediate cash flow benefit to the Government;

Substantial amounts of revenue had been generated, even at relatively low tax rates, and the revenue accrues steadily throughout the supply chain;

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To create a stable revenue source than previous and existing taxes because it depends only on how much people consume, it is less affected by economic cycles and the shock effect of world events, such as oil prices, foreign wars, acts of terrorism etc. It therefore avoids the economic uncertainties and fluctuations of direct taxation, such as income tax and corporation tax;

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services and is also effective in controlling the growth of overall consumption. It is not surprising, therefore, that since the mid1980s, many advanced countries of Europe and Asia have tried to rebalance their tax systems away from a heavy reliance on direct taxes and towards the taxation of consumption. In summary: • VAT is a simple system; •

VAT is a fair system;

VAT is an efficient system;

VAT is difficult to cheat;

VAT means that more people who benefit from Government spending will make a contribution; VAT, together with Excise Tax on motor vehicles, petroleum products, alcoholic drinks and tobacco products, has replaced six (6) taxes:

Consumption Tax

Purchase Tax

Hotel Accommodation Tax

Telephone Tax

Service Tax

Entertainment Tax

Registration VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT) REGISTRATION A business must be registered with the VAT Department and display the VAT certificate before charging VAT. Registration is categorised in Section 11 of the VAT Act of 2005 as being mandatory or voluntary; the criteria governing each type of registration are listed below. Mandatory Registration (a) Where the taxable activity equals or exceeds the threshold of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) at the end of twelve (12) months, or where the taxable activity exceeds the threshold in less than 12 months, the person carrying on the taxable activity must register for VAT, and

(b) Where the taxable activity is expected to exceed the threshold in any period during the next twelve months, the person carrying on the taxable activity must register. Voluntary Registration:If your taxable turnover is below the G$10,000,000.00 threshold, you may apply for Voluntary Registration. However, applicants for voluntary registration must satisfy the following criteria: (a) The applicant’s business and business location must be easily identifiable; (b) The applicant must demonstrate to the Commissioner’s satisfaction the ability to maintain records in accordance with the requirements of Section 60 of the VAT Act; c) The applicant must demonstrate to the Commissioner the intention to make taxable supplies. Where the applicant’s business operations have not yet begun at the time of application, or if the applicant has carried on the business for less than a calendar year; evidence of bank loans and revenue projections, contracts or other details of arrangements to make taxable supplies, feasibility studies, purchase of capital equipment, and similar information may be accepted by the Commissioner as evidence that the applicant intends to make taxable supplies. Pursuant to Section 66 of the VAT Act, a person who knowingly or recklessly fails to apply for VAT Registration commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars and imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

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ACEG 2017 Business Magazine  

An annual publication by The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana.

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An annual publication by The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Guyana.

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