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Equal pay for drillship workers but unions must understand industry -new oil company

The recently established Unicon Guyana Inc. (UGI), which includes a well-established Ghanaian company, has promised that the workers it will hire, train and place aboard oil rigs will receive equal pay with their foreign counterparts, but trade unions must come to grips with the reality of working conditions aboard drillships. “Specifically, I want to say that once I’m Chairman, UGI ...

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700 acres of closed Wales Estate leased for coconut production

Amazonia Expert Services Limited (AES), a newly-formed company, has secured a lease of 700 acres of land at the closed Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara, to get into the coconut industry The major shareholders of AES, which is made up of entrepreneurs, academics and professionals, are former Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Dr. ...

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Buxton reviving agriculture on 180 acres of cleared land

Efforts are continuing to revive agriculture in Buxton, with the clearance of at least 180 acres of land aback the village and the improvement of drainage, officials said Sunday. An update on the project was provided at the first Economic Development and Health Seminar that was organized by the Buxton-Friendship Museum, Archives and Culture Centre and the Young Visionaries. Village ...

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GuySuCo reports 23% production shortfall but hopes to meet target

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) says it registered a 23 percent shortfall in production up to the date that the crop should have closed, largely due to bad weather and malfunctioning equipment. At the same time, the state-owned corporation rejected claims by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees that ...

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Guyanese manufacturers say Plantation white sugar unacceptable; reject call for 40% tax on refined sugar

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA) on Monday rejected calls by a Belizean producer of Plantation white, or mill white, sugar to impose a Caribbean-wide 40 percent tax on extra-regionally refined sugar, saying that Plantation white sugar will result in poor quality products and in some cases injury to consumers. “If manufacturers were to use plantation white instead ...

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Barbados wants to rear Blackbelly sheep in Guyana, Suriname

Reproduced from Barbados Today Government is exploring the possibility of rearing Barbados Blackbelly sheep in CARICOM’s two largest member states, Suriname and Guyana, as top civil servants prepare for a mission to South America next week. Paramaribo and Georgetown have offered land to Barbadian farmers for sheep rearing, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir. “We are sending ...

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Investors walking away from “scrap iron” sugar estates -Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says investors have been walking away from buying any of the four shuttered sugar estates, an indication that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is fooling supporters that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will reopen them if his party wins the next general elections. “How you are going to open back those four estates that is scrap iron ...

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GuySuCo denies withholding information from NICIL on spending GYD$30 billion

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Tuesday denied accusations that it has not been accounting for more than GYD$7 billion disbursed from a GYD$30 billion bond, and insisted that it does not have to report to government’s holding company for state assets. GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harold Davis Jr., in an initial reaction pending a comprehensive response to claims ...

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GuySuCo not showing how GYD$30 billion bond being spent; bondholders “unhappy”- NCIL

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday said holders of a GYD$30 billion bond to help revive the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) have begun asking questions about how the State-owned corporation has spent GYD$7.4 billion dollars disbursed so far. “The bondholders and the trustees are not happy with the information coming from NICIL,” Head of NICIL, Colvin ...

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Rose Hall estate may be sold to Ghana-India-Guyana consortium; GuySuCo fails on vital information to NICIL

An Indian-Ghanaian-Guyanese consortium is likely to buy out the Rose Hall sugar estate, the first of three that is on the selling block, government’s holding company of state assets announced Monday. Officials said they hoped to seal the deal by July, 2019. Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s Special Purpose Unit (NICIL-SPU), Colvin Heath-London said the consortium ...

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