Ansa McAl to construct wharf at Wales; considers manufacturing ‘Carib’ beverages locally
Ansa McAl Trading Limited, a leading distributor in Guyana is celebrating 30 years of successful operations here and remains poised to deepen the partnership with the country for many more years to come.
Started 1992, the company has grown in vibrancy, delivering high-quality products and services but also supporting culture and sports development.
To build on these achievements, Ansa McAl is getting set for further expansion in Guyana.
Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Sagba III on Friday evening revealed that the company has secured lands for the development of a port on the West Bank of Demerara to facilitate maritime commerce.
“The group has acquired 82 acres of land at Wales, West Bank Demerara Region where we intend to begin the development of a wharf,” Sagba III said while addressing the company’s ‘Journey to 30’ reception at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.
According to Sagba III, Ansa McAl has contributed hundreds of billions of Guyanese dollars in taxes over the last 30 years.
During his remarks, the Group CEO also spoke about the possibility of manufacturing beverages locally under the Carib Brewery Brand – a subsidiary of the Ansa McAl Group.
Guyana Brewery Inc – the local chapter of Carib Brewery – was launched in Guyana last year and similarly focused on the sale and marketing of Carib Brewery’s range of high-quality beverage products.
“Very soon that brand already manufactured in four jurisdictions three of which are in the region, one in the United States soon to also be manufactured in Canada, and also soon under consideration for manufacturing here in Guyana,” Sagba III announced to loud applause from the audience.
He added: “That Carib brand along with our world-class portfolio brands will [not only] be produced here for Guyanese but also for export to other markets.”
Ansa McAl is also involved in the manufacturing, construction, real estate and automotive sectors.
Building on a proud Caribbean legacy of 140 years the Ansa McAl Group has decided that the goals of their business must be aligned with the sustainable development goals rated to the sensitivity to the natural environment, societal well-being and good governance.
“In this context, we see people at the forefront of any sustainable development strategy and our group’s mantra – Together, we are family – has always been instrumental about how we invest and how we treat our people,” the Group CEO stated.
But the success over the last three decades is largely due to the commitment and dedication of talented employees in Guyana. The company employs about 400 of which 98 per cent are Guyanese.
Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond said the success and longevity of regional companies such as Ansa McAl provide a fitting example for other regional companies to emulate.
As the government continues to work on establishing a sustainable export market for the manufacturing sector, Minister Walrond invited and challenged Ansa McAl to join this effort in getting Guyanese products to the global and regional markets.
“I would challenge or invite, you to think about what the economic landscape in Guyana would look like in the year 2052 with the benefit of a 30-year planning horizon.
“What we would like to see is Ansa McAl being not only a distributor in Guyana for foreign products but a distributor overseas for Guyanese products,” Minister Walrond said.
Ansa McAl is also expanding its services to other parts of Guyana and this was commended by Minister Walrond who noted that the expansion aligns with the government’s plan for Guyanese in every region to have access and enjoy the same services available to those on the coastland.
“Your expansion brings not only goods and services but employment wherever you operate,” Minister Walrond said.
Ansa Mcal just days ago opened the doors to a new facility at Palmyra, Region Six, Berbice.
The total investment by the company is pegged at US$2 million and includes a storage bond, mini-mart, Ansa Motors and a Penta Paint Shop – a first for the Berbice region.