Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips said that the Government recognises the importance of Bartica as an integral part of the country’s developmental agenda while noting that major holistic development projects are in the pipeline to revolutionise the town.
The Prime Minister made the announcement while delivering remarks at the Golden Beach Pavilion in Region Seven today, where he officially opened the Bartica Summer Splash Regatta.
The senior government official revealed that the Government has been working on health, economic and infrastructural transformation that will see significant improvements in Bartica and surrounding communities.
He also highlighted several transformative projects underway and stated that regional economic and infrastructural development would be linked to the national transformative infrastructure, which includes the construction of the Timehri to Bartica Road link, upgrade to hospitals in Bartica, construction of a $10 million bond at the Bartica Hospital.
“Introduction of the flagship initiative Picture Archiving Computing System (PACS) at the Bartica Hospital, the establishment of a $26.3 million Maternal and Child Health Centre, Government’s solar farms project, recommencement of the Bartica Stelling project, commissioning of a $177 million modern Bartica Magistrate’s Court and the improvement in water services and delivery with the replacement of old transmission mains,” the PM explained.
He also expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the Regatta Committee, the Regional Administration, the private sector sponsors, and other stakeholders to maintain the tradition.
“I wish to take this time to acknowledge the hard work of the Bartica Business Development Committee, a group of local businesspersons who, through their love and vested interest in the development of Bartica, have come together to host this event. The group has expressed its commitment to giving back to their community while promoting and encouraging the development of business in Bartica through these and other initiatives.”
He added: “I congratulate the Barticians for their work to build and promote their community and assure you that your Government is right here, building along with you.”
The Bartica Regatta has returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.