After 19 years of service to Guyana, PricewaterhouseCoopers officially opens local office

-- Gov’t encourages early expansion

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Nineteen years of providing assurance, advisory, tax and legal services to the Guyana market by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) culminated on Monday with the official opening of a local office for the global giant.

And as Angelique Bart, a Guyanese who serves PWC Guyana as a Managing Partner puts it, the occasion is not so much the launch of a new venture but rather a celebration of the ongoing work that the team in Guyana is already doing.

The multinational professional services brand officially opened its office in Georgetown in 2020 and is also observing three years of a physical presence here.

Operating out of the Pegasus Corporate Suites in Kingston with a staff complement of just under 20 Guyanese, PWC has received early encouragement from the government to expand its operations.

At the official launch and end-of-year cocktail, Bart said it was a proud moment for her as a born and bred Guyanese and repose full confidence in the Guyanese team to operate at the same high standards the brand is known for internationally.

“We understand the challenges faced by all stakeholders and we know how to help other leading businesses understand Guyana as they set up operations here and contribute meaningfully to the country’s growth and development, including transferring critical knowledge and expertise to Guyanese professionals,” Ms. Bart said.

Guyana is the eighth Caribbean territory to be served by PwC and CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Caribbean, Mr. Frazer Lindsay asserted that the company is here to stay.

PwC, he reminded, is providing service to some 150 countries around the world.

Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh represented President Dr. Irfaan Ali and the government at the event and provided insights on the national development plan and growth projections.

He believes that based on the medium and long term growth potential in Guyana, PwC would should start early considerations to expand its operations.

“I urge you to give serious consideration to ramping up your operations in Guyana. Building out a larger footprint in Guyana and building up indigenous capacity in your Guyana office to meet the needs of not only your Guyanese clients, but I anticipate that you will be servicing other regional clients out of your Guyana office,” Dr. Singh said.

Guyanese Saeed Rahaman serves the company as Country Manager; he used the occasion to encourage Guyanese professionals to join PwC.

“We hire persons at all levels based on their skills, based on their abilities, not just who they know.

“As the minister said, we want to build capacity on the ground,” he said.

Rahaman believes it’s remarkable what PwC has done locally, across the region and further afield.

PwC provides professional services, which include assurance and audit services, as well as, non-audit accounting services, tax compliance and corporate secretarial services along with advisory services. These include consulting, deals, forensics and digital transformation.

The company also offers and risk assurance services which includes internal audit, business continuity planning and cyber security.

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