The room’s ambience was vibrant, sophisticated, and celebratory as ANSA McAL celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a Cocktail Reception at the Guyana Marriot Hotel in Kingstown on 28th October. The room consisted of some of Guyana’s most honourable dignitaries, including His Excellency Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali, President of the Republic of Guyana, The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Honourable Oneidge Walrond, some cabinet members and other distinguished guests.
For the Group CEO, Mr Anthony N. Sabga III, the descendant of ANSA McAL’s founder, the late Dr Anthony N. Sabga, this monumental accomplishment was his grandfather’s dream. He noted that while some of the world’s leading companies are now setting their eyes on Guyana due to its evolving economic expansion, Dr Sabga realized the country’s business prospects since the sixties. Furthermore, he noted that Guyana is where Dr Anthony N Sabga started his business adventures which laid the foundation of ANSA McAL Group of Companies. In addition, Mr Anthony N. Sabga III seized the opportunity to divulge the company’s plans to expand and diversify ANSA McAL’s landscape in the future to create economic resilience.
Key addresses by CEO Anthony N Sabga III, Country Manager Ms Beverley Harper and Managing Director of ANSA McAL Distribution Inc., Mr Troy Cadogan, chronicled the history and achievements of the company over thirty (30) years. Contributions by pioneers like Paul Chan-A-Sue, the first managing director of ANSA McAL of the company’s groundwork in Guyana, were also recognized in these speeches. Meanwhile, Ms Darshanie Yusuf-Abel and Ms Anjeta Hinds chaired the ceremony with elegance and humour in their nostalgic introductions and presentations.
Minister Walrond opened her speech with her belief that after three decades of ANSA McAL’s committed service, ANSA McAL should be recognized as a Guyanese company. She challenged the company to be not only a distributor in Guyana for foreign products but also a distributor overseas for Guyanese products considering the future of the country’s economic landscape. As a symbol of appreciation for the government’s continuous support towards ANSA McAL over the three decades, CEO Anthony N Sabga III handed over a vibrant portrait of the ANSA McAL Jubilee Arch erected in 2017 at Cummings Lodge Eastern Highway.
After the 30th anniversary ceremony, guests were treated to cocktails from ANSA McAL’s beverage portfolio, a diversified menu that referenced Guyanese culture and eccentric live performances from local artists like Jackie Jaxx, whose song selections befitted the occasion.