I am very happy to be here today to officially announce our joint effort to rehabilitate and upgrade the iconic Stabroek Market Clock.
Through funding in the amount of $41,000 US dollars, or 8.2 million Guyanese dollars, Embassy Georgetown and the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, we are pleased to announce formal approval of this wonderful joint effort with the Mayor and Councilors of the City of Georgetown.
I was personally involved in the submission of this proposal back in January and we have remained hopeful throughout the process.
We are delighted that in this Jubilee year, a year when we are also celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations with Guyana, that the Stabroek Clock proposal is approved. It is a great symbol right in the heart of the city and we are pleased to be playing a role in getting it to work again.
I had the pleasure of going to the top of the Clock Tower and the view is nothing short of spectacular. One item in the proposal, and it is entirely up to the Mayor and City Council, is that it be opened up – perhaps with a nominal fee structure – for tourists and residents to enjoy the view of the city and the river. I am confident that no one will be disappointed.
Lastly, I want to say that I hope this is the first of many other collaborations with the local government. We will continue to seek opportunities and explore ways we can work together.
I am pleased to be here with Mayor Chase-Green to say that time will march on, and in this Jubilee year, we will work together to get the Stabroek Clock ticking again.
Now it is time for the real work to begin. Thank you!