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Integrity laws to guard against sleaze & malfeasance in public office…as PM declares ‘Oil money not for buying votes at elections’

by Gary Eleazar Guyana’s oil money is not for vote buying come election time by any administration in office. As such, the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) government is uncompromising in “the avoidance of sleaze and malfeasance in public office,” as evidence by recent proposals to amend the country’s Integrity Commission laws. Prime Minister Moses ...

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Digicel’s Guyana-Suriname link: Govt asks GT&T to prove it can provide high quality data

The Ministry of Public Telecommunications on Sunday said it has asked the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) to prove that it can fully satisfy the country’s demands for data before Digicel’s data link between Guyana and Suriname is discontinued. “GT&T has been invited to submit relevant information and data to clearly demonstrate that they have the network capacity to ...

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Manufacturers petition Govt. to remove VAT on forest products

The Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA) has launched a petition against the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on Forest products—a move that has since increased the cost of production locally and causing local products to be unable to compete with imported products. The petition is currently affixed to saw-mills, lumberyards, community shops and GMSA Headquarters on Waterloo ...

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Trinidad’s Petrotrin ready to refine Guyana’s oil

Trinidad and Tobago will be able to refine Guyana’s oil although the quality is different, contrary to a former Energy Minister of that twin-island country, a senior official of that Caribbean nation’s oil company. Vice President (Refining and Marketing) at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin), Astor Harris told Demerara Waves Online News that Guyana’s oil can be ...

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Fuel boat explodes at Mourca

A small fuel boat  was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon at Moruca, North West District, police said. No one was injured in the incident that occurred at about 4 PM at Green Island, Moruca. The captain of the vessel, Mr. Lindo told investigators that he was offloading fuel containers when he heard an explosion and then saw the vessel engulfed ...

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Guyana gov’t paying Republic Bank debt for owner of Marriott-branded hotel

The special purpose government-owned company, Atlantic Hotel Inc; which owns the Marriott-branded hotel cannot afford to pay its debt to Republic Bank, forcing government to pay more US$1 million every six months to prevent Guyana from losing the property, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said Friday. Jordan said the loan guarantor, National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), also could not ...

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Looming ‘used-tyre’ ban will leave 5000 jobless ; no evidence used tyres cause accidents —GUTA

The Guyana Used Tyres Association (GUTA) is warning that should government continue with the planned importation of used-tyres into the country, as much as 5,000 persons stand to lose employment in the $100M revenue earning business—a situation that could in fact lead to a new smuggling industry. GUTA Executives made this pellucid today (March 24, 2017), when they met with ...

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Displaced Marudi miners likely to get new mining lands

Gold miners, who were displaced from the Marudi area in Rupununi, are likely to benefit from new mining lands but government first has to consider the implications for Amerindian lands and the environment. “This option is being weighed against potential implications for Amerindian titled lands and for biodiversity conservation in the region,” the Ministry of Natural Resources said in a ...

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