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Parking Meter project on hold until City Council considers govt’s review

City Mayor, Patricia Chase Green said the parking meter project would no longer begin on September 1 to make way for the Council to consider the proposed way forward by Central Government. Councillors at Monday’s (August 8, 2016) statutory meeting were given packages containing the review and recommendations by the Attorney General, Basil Williams and the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan. ...

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Transparency Institute condemns City Hall for going ahead with parking meter contract

The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) has slammed the Mayor and City Council for forging ahead with the Parking Meter project despite deep-seated concerns about the apparent opaqueness of the transaction from the inception. “That this project is allowed to continue in its current configuration in spite of a legal basis for enacting a new and transparent process, is ...

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GRA going after VAT cheats; VAT exemption criteria to be overhauled

Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Godfrey Statia on Monday  announced that tax agents would be deployed to go after businesses that cheat the 16 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to billions of dollars. “We also have to shift our resources into the enforcement mode and go behind the businesses for them to comply so we are ...

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Govt agrees to repay NIS money invested in failed CLICO

Guyana’s social security system, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) , is set to receive a GYD$5.6 billion cash injection over the next 20 years to compensate for a loss of money in the failed Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO). He said Cabinet has approved the government repaying NIS through non-negotiable Guyana government debenture certificates over a 20 year period at ...

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Time for Afro-Guyanese to demand benefits from govt they voted for

Afro-Guyanese, largely supporters of the David Granger-led administration, were Sunday urged  to pressure government into looking after their welfare in exchange for the votes that they cast for the APNU+AFC coalition last year. The calls were issued at the Cuffy250 Fourth Annual State of the African Guyanese Forum held at the Critchlow Labour College, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown. Delivering the opening ...

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GTT’s services back at “full strength,” Cheddi Jagan Int’l Airport’s automatic check-in system working again

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) said that as of 7 AM on Friday, August 5, 2016 all its services have been restored to “full strength.”   “Our *100# menu is back and is ready to provide you with all the services that you have become accustomed to,” the company stated. This includes MyAccount and Mobile Money services. Meanwhile, the ...

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Company was aware of Kato Secondary’s defects; govt rubbishes offers, refuses to pay outstanding GYD$66 million

Guyana’s Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson on Thursday denied that KARES Engineering was never told of the defects at the Kato Secondary School within the liability period. Patterson refused the company’s offer to agree to a partly funded pressure test of the concrete structure, and he virtually ruled out the company being paid the remaining GYD$66 million. Describing the company’s assertion ...

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Company that built Kato Secondary School willing to fix defects, but was never told of any

The company that built the Kato Secondary School on Thursday sought to debunk government’s criticisms about the quality of the construction while at the same time saying that it would be willing to fix the defects. “Kares Engineering is prepared to fix defects which should have been identified under the defects liability period and to remedy those that are applicable ...

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Parking meter contract burdensome, heavily favours investor – govt

The Guyana government has found that the parking meter agreement weighs heavily in favour of the investor rather than the Georgetown City Council and has recommended that an accountant conduct an analysis of the figures. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said Cabinet on Tuesday considered reports on the parking meter agreement by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil ...

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