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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
GBTI commissions $100M staff recreational centre
Stabroek News

The Guyana Bank for Trade & Industry Ltd (GBTI) commissioned a $100M staff recreational centre last Saturday at Kaieteur Road, Bel Air, Georgetown.

The premises which had served as a leisure facility for staff of the bank for over forty-five years is now a recreational and social centre. The total renovation works involved the erection of a new fence around the compound, a new car park, refurbished lawn tennis courts, a practice badminton court and a new auditorium. In addition, there are two games rooms for the playing of pools, table tennis and darts, refurbished swimming pools for adults and children, a children's play centre and a main lobby with a modern bar.

In the lobby, there is a 51-inch TV and a DVD player provided for movie nights with adequate seating for other activities including indoor games.

"With this immaculate complex, the bank has provided staff with the ability to develop bonds that can translate positively into the work environment," said Chief Executive Officer of GBTI, Radhakrishna Sharma in brief remarks at the commissioning ceremony.

A plaque was unveiled commissioning the GBTI Staff Recreational Centre which was formerly known as the GBTI Sports Club.

The CEO said also that the refurbished facility is a landmark achievement which flows from the mission and objective of GBTI to "enhance the welfare and development of staff."

He noted too that the bank recognizes "its success is dependent on the commitment and dedication of employees and as such aims to provide a safe and rewarding work environment and excellent employment benefits for staff, and in the process to build a unified and committed team."

And Chairman of the Board of Directors, Robin Stoby in remarks at the ceremony observed that over the past few years, the Board had been pushing plans to build GBTI into the premiere financial institution in the country. Among the plans were the enhancement of the banking premises, the upgrading of the computer system, the segmentation and branding of the bank's products and services and an improved focus on quality customer service.

Apart from this, Stoby said, the bank had committed itself to building a team of dedicated staff through the use of various tools to boost morale.