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NFMU used earnings illegally to fund One Laptop, E-Government projects

More than GYD$1 billion in licence fees paid to the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) have been illegally used to help finance the People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration’s two flagship projects- One Laptop Per Family and E-Government, a special probe has found. “Apparently, failing to appreciate the precedence of statute over “Government policy”, the management of the NFMU misguidedly continues ...

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Trotman to GGDMA: “Free for all” mining has ended

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Saturday questioned the motive behind the  Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA)’s castigation of government’s efforts to improve the mining sector, and vowed that the “free-for-all” days are over. “Unfortunately, this recent attack, having taken the Ministry by surprise, suggests that the GGDMA prefers to see itself as a pressure group rather ...

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Private Sector calls on govt to “inspire” investor confidence

The Private Sector Commission on Thursday called on government to take several steps to pull Guyana out of economic doldrums. Addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Marriott Hotel, Battery Road, Kingston, the Chairman of the PSC’s Finance and Economic sub-committee, Ramesh Persaud called on government to send clear signals to investors. “We want the government to share their ...

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Broomes applied for mining-related permission while Natural Resources Minister

Even as Junior Natural Resources Minister, Simona Broomes fended off concerns about conflict of interest in the mining sector, information has surfaced showing that she applied for permission to conduct mining activity on someone else’s property while being a minister of that sector. Demerara Waves Online News was able to independently confirm that veteran miner, Edward Hopkinson granted Broomes permission ...

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Jagdeo blisters APNU+AFC’s first year in office

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday flayed the one-year old coalition-led administration for taking credit for several projects initiated by then People’s Progressive Party Civic government, while at the same time burdening Guyanese with higher taxes, joblessness and reduced confidence in the economy. “The people do not have confidence in this government and every single day they do things to ...

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Guyana officially joins Islamic Development Bank

Guyana has joined the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), officials said at the bank’s annual meeting in Jakarta, as Islamic finance expands globally by offering countries access to cheap loans. Around 10 percent of Guyana’s population of 800,000 are Muslim, and Islamic finance activity in the country is minimal. Membership of the Jeddah-based based IDB, a multilateral lender dominated by Muslim-majority ...

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Guyana, St. Maarten exploring trade, tourism, large-scale agriculture

Guyana and Dutch St. Maarten are exploring ways of establishing trade, mega farming, and  tourism between the two countries, according to top officials. Guyana’s Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair floated the idea at last weekend’s Guyana Independence Jubilee event held at Port de Plaisance, St. Maarten.  “What are you doing could be a possible model for our Guyanese in the ...

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DirectoryGY launched as official jubilee app

A new application developed by local entrepreneurs – DirectoryGY was last evening declared the official app for Guyana’s 50th Anniversary celebration by Telecommunication and Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes at its official launching. The application which has been in the works for close to two years features some cutting edge options that takes Guyana’s local app development domain to another level. ...

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Surinamese protest IMF-influenced increased electricity tariff

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname_ Over five thousand disgruntled citizens took to the street here Friday to protest against a steep price hike for electricity. The move to increase the price came just days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the Desi Bouterse-administration to cut back on subsidizing the electricity bills. The government subsidized the national power company annually ...

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Guyana taps FCC for better spectrum management, telecoms regulation

The Guyana government hopes that expertise recently shared by top officials of the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will help create a better regulatory environment. The American embassy in Georgetown said FCC representatives Nese Guendelsberger (Deputy Bureau Chief) and Robert Nelson (Chief Engineer) recently met with Minister of Telecommunications Cathy Hughes and provided technical briefings on a wide variety ...

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