Dr. W. Warren Smith, president, CDB, the Hon. Winston Jordan, minister of finance, Guyana; and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, vice-chancellor of the University of Guyana, prepare to sign the grant agreement May 29. Assisting is Diana Wilson Patrick (standing), general counsel, CDB.
Dr. W. Warren Smith, president, CDB, the Hon. Winston Jordan, minister of finance, Guyana; and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, vice-chancellor of the University of Guyana, prepare to sign the grant agreement May 29. Assisting is Diana Wilson Patrick (standing), general counsel, CDB.

CDB signs grant agreement with University of Guyana for new library

From the CDB

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the government of Guyana and the University of Guyana have signed a USD$150,000 agreement to support the institution’s efforts toward the construction of a new library. The agreement was signed May 29 on the margins of the 48th annual meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, which took place in Grenada.

“We are optimistic that this process will place the University of Guyana further along the path to having new facilities that are environmentally resilient, socially inclusive and a place of study and lifelong learning for the men and women who attend this institution,” said Dr. W. Warren Smith, president, CDB.

“This project is small but very poignant and very important,” said the Hon. Winston Jordan, minister of finance, Guyana. “[It] is going toward the advancement of the library facilities and we hope that with this, other donors and other development partners can come on board, just like CDB, to help with the reshaping of the university.”

The seven-month technical assistance project for which the agreement was signed will allow the university to undertake a comprehensive assessment of its current library infrastructure, and prepare designs and cost estimates for construction of a new library. The designs will be supported by an environmental and social management framework to ensure a socially inclusive, environmentally sensitive and hazard- and climate-resilient new facility.

“We know that the library of any university is the intellectual centerpiece of what it does by way of what it does in education and instruction, by way of what it does in research for public policy and social benefit, and we at the University of Guyana have been without that critical infrastructure value for a long time,” said Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. “And so as we move along the project of rebuilding our university, this is a demonstration of ‘putting your money where your mouth is.’ We are delighted to be able to have that.”