GTM Com­mis­sion’s new multi-mil­lion dol­lar East­ern Caribbean head­quar­ters in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BUSINESS -

One of the Caribbean’s lead­ing in­vest­ment and in­surance com­pa­nies has be­gun mak­ing ad­di­tional large scale in­vest­ment moves which will re­sult in a fur­ther so­lid­i­fy­ing of its fi­nan­cial foot­print on the eco­nomic land­scape of Saint Lu­cia.

Of­fi­cials of Guyana and Trinidad Mu­tual Group of Com­pa­nies (GTM) ear­lier this month broke ground in Cas­tries, Saint Lu­cia on the con­struc­tion of a new state-of-the-art multi-mil­lion dol­lar di­vi­sional head­quar­ters.

The de­ci­sion to con­struct the sub-re­gional of­fice for the East­ern Caribbean came fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive and rig­or­ous re­view process, re­sult­ing in the in­dis­putable con­clu­sion that Saint Lu­cia was the best place to grow and ex­pand.

“Ar­guably this ini­tia­tive rep­re­sents the largest in­vest­ment in Saint Lu­cia and, I reckon, the East­ern Caribbean to date,” noted GTM Saint Lu­cia Branch Man­ager Kirk Maraj.

The con­struc­tion phase will run for twelve months and will em­ploy scores of Saint Lu­cian work­ers at all lev­els. “We are not only chang­ing the sky­line of Choc Es­tate but, more im­por­tantly, deep­en­ing our roots in the Saint Lu­cian econ­omy,” Maraj ex­claimed ec­stat­i­cally.

Be­ing con­structed in ac­cor­dance with the ‘go­ing green’ en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, the mod­ern re­in­forced con­crete build­ing, framed with a glassy en­ve­lope on a com­mand­ing cor­ner lot, will be en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

Head­quar­tered in Ge­orge­town, Guyana in 1880, the GTM group of in­surance com­pa­nies es­tab­lished its first of­fice in Saint Lu­cia in 1954. In 1998 the com­pany ac­quired the first na­tional life in­surance port­fo­lio. GTM op­er­ates in three lo­ca­tions in Saint Lu­cia namely Cas­tries, Vieux Fort and Soufriere.

With a brand prom­ise of ‘Sound, Solid, Re­li­able’ and boast­ing a tra­di­tion of su­pe­rior in­surance ser­vices, GTM prides it­self on be­ing pro­gres­sively in­no­va­tive with its prime fo­cus be­ing on its pol­i­cy­hold­ers.

The Choc Es­tate East­ern Caribbean di­vi­sional head­quar­ters is be­ing con­structed on 54,000 square feet of land. The project was awarded to a lo­cal con­trac­tor and was lo­cally de­signed as well.

GTM of­fi­cial and con­trac­tor en­gag­ing in sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony.

Kirk Maraj - Branch Man­ager for GTM Saint Lu­cia.

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