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Public Security Minister expresses confidence in Police Commissioner

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday dismissed stakeholder concerns pertaining to “strange” administrative recommendations made by Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud- virtually stating his confidence in the Police Chief. “He (Commissioner) is not abusing  anything,” Ramjattan insisted when asked his opinion on the scrapping of the Strategic Management Department (SMD). “I thought it (SMD) outlived its time and I personally said ...

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The Netherlands to map Georgetown’s drainage system

The Netherlands will later this year begin mapping the drainage system in flood-prone Georgetown, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson announced. Four doctoral scholars, he said, would be going to Guyana  in July under the auspices of the Dutch Risk Reduction (DDR) Team to lay the groundwork for effective drainage management in the entire capital city. “When the mapping has been ...

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Multi-million dollar sea and river defence project launched

Guyana and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Wednesday launched a US$30 million sea defence rehabilitation project that is aimed at protecting at least 45,000 persons in several areas from floods and help improve investor confidence especially in agriculture. Officials said the Barbados-based CDB would contribute US$25 million and the Guyana government US$5,903 million to the sea and river defence ...

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DDL, GRA settle billion dollar Consumption Tax dispute

Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) on Tuesday (April 14, 2016) announced that an amicable settlement has been reached with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRD) to resolve a long standing dispute over Consumption Tax that began in 2002. The company, in a statemenr, said the settlement follows an extended legal battle between DDL and GRA arising out of the Consumption Tax assessment levied against ...

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Tobacco Bill “draconian”- Demtoco

Demerara Tobacco Company (Demtoco) fears that if the Tobacco Bill becomes law in its current form, Guyana’s economy could be hurt severely and even employees in the industry could be blocked for several years from working with government. “A day will come when we will not be able to have this kind of conversation in this forum because  we will ...

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Ministerial Code of Conduct, Integrity Commission Act to be merged

The Guyana government is exploring the possibility of twinning the proposed ministerial Code of Conduct with the Integrity Commission Act, according to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. “We are looking how to merge the Code of Conduct with the Integrity legislation so that you don’t have different standards for the Integrity legislation…and the Code of Conduct is setting either a higher ...

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IPED hopes funding for creative industries will push copyright law

Despite the absence of modern copyright and intellectual property legislation, the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED) is investing millions of dollars in the creative industries. Chief Executive Officer of that micro-financing institution, Ramesh Persaud said he is not too worried about the limited protection that rights-owners currently have, but instead his lending agency expects the cash-injection would trigger action ...

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Police Commissioner denies objecting to firearm management system

Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud has denied objecting to the introduction of a computerized system that is geared to track legal and illegal firearms. “In the four years of the development of the Firearm Management Module the Commissioner of Police has never objected to the module, and he did not object at the recent meeting at the Ministry of Public ...

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Nigel Hughes announces resignation from AFC Chairmanship; meeting with Ramjattan planned

Attorney-at-Law, Nigel Hughes has decided to step down as Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), but party leader Khemraj Ramjattan hopes to get him to change his mind. Ramjattan, who was present at the meeting, subsequently spoke with Mr. Hughes and a meeting is arranged for Tuesday, April 12th. The party sought to scotch reports that Hughes’ decision was apparently ...

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