China $18m grant to see more improvements at CPCE

Minister of Education Nicolette Henry (left) receiving the cheque from Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China Chen Xilai. (Ministry of Education photo)

China yesterday handed over a cheque for US$86,000 ($18m) to the Ministry of Education (MoE) as part of a US$231,000 ($48.5m) grant to the Government of Guyana (GoG).

A release yesterday from the Ministry of Education said that the grant is being disbursed in three tranches. The first tranche to the tune of US$95,000 was disbursed to the Education Ministry earlier this year.

The handing over ceremony for the second tranche was held in the MoE, 26 Brickdam and was attended by officials from the Chinese Embassy and officials from the MoE.

At that ceremony Minis-ter of Education Nicolette Henry said that the grant was a gift to President David Granger who requested that the funding be utilized by the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) to improve its science programmes and facilities.

Charge d’ Affaires, Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China Chen Xilai said that he is satisfied with the implementation of the project. According to the release, the official also said that he was elated to see that CPCE is already acquiring the necessary science equipment and supplies to aid with their science programme.

The items that are being procured include models of hearts, triple beam balances, thermometers, water distilling equipment, Bunsen burners, and chemicals. These are expected to be delivered in the last week of this year with the cost for that purchase to be offset by the first tranche.

The release said that the two parties have already started discussions for the disbursement of the final tranche (US$50,800).


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