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Petroleum Commission Bill for World Bank-guided overhaul

Guyana’s proposed Petroleum Commission legislation might be further revised or replaced altogether following more expert recommendations under the auspices of a World Bank-funded project, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said Tuesday. It is now one year since the Petroleum Commission Bill was tabled in the 65-seat National Assembly, and Trotman said since then the World Bank has asked Guyana ...

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Guyana’s Standards Bureau to craft oil and gas sector safety certification programme

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), in collaboration with the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago, will be engaging with oil operators and potential contractors to develop a Safe To Work (STOW) certification programme for the oil and gas sector. According to GNBS Director, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick the team from the Energy Chamber will visit in June to share their ...

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Is anyone offering to surrender State assets? “These are matters under consideration”- SARA Chief

Former government officials, who have stolen State assets, can strike a deal to return those properties but, the Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Professor Clive Thomas on Monday stopped short of saying if anyone has offered to return assets voluntarily. Noting that under the State Assets Recovery Act empowers the Director could exercise his discretion to seek ...

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GRA official laments failure to enforce anti-corruption laws

Deputy Head of Legal Services at the Guyana Revenue Authority, Lancelot Wills on Monday lamented the poor enforcement of anti-corruption laws. “It’s not for the paucity of laws that we fail so miserably on the various metric and scales of anti-corruption. It’s for the lack of enforcement,” he said at the opening of an anti-corruption training seminar for GRA staff, ...

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Transparency Institute complains to SARA about signing bonus

The State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has received a compliant from the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) about the US$18 million ExxonMobil signing bonus, but investigations are not expected shortly because the agency is conducting a number of other probes, SARA Director, Professor Clive Thomas said. There is lingering controversy about whether the signing bonus should have been deposited ...

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Guyana govt convinced Suriname to continue search for missing fishermen; Greenidge, Jagdeo tangle on illegal activities by fishermen

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon Friday night disclosed that Suriname at one stage had decided to abandon the search for 16 fishermen, but only continued after Guyana had said that it would have continued to look for the piracy victims off the eastern coast of that former Dutch colony. “During the course of the last week, the Surinamese gave the ...

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Corentyne fisherman suspected in recent Surinamese piracy attack on robbery charges

A Corentyne fisherman, who was arrested in connection with last month’s deadly piracy attack on 20 fishermen off Suriname’s east coast, was Friday charged in Guyana with offences dating back to 2015 and 2016. The Guyana Police Force said 39-year old Nakool “Fire” Manohar of No. 43 Village Corentyne, Berbice was charged with two counts of armed robbery under Section 3 ...

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Cabinet approved out of court settlements based on Attorney General’s proposals—Harmon

It was the Cabinet Council of Ministers that approved the several billions in payments—stemming from court matters brought against the State—based on proposals submitted by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, a result of the mess left by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall. This was confirmed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon today, during a post Cabinet press ...

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Suriname parliament grills govt on pirate attacks; unanimously passes motion in favour of Guyanese fishermen

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – The Surinamese government came under attack in parliament Thursday for the way authorities here handled the recent deadly assault on several fishing boats offshore Suriname, before parliamentarians unanimously passed a motion to deal with the incident and the welfare of the largely Guyanese  fishing community. After a stinging debate by both sides eventually, the motion ...

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EU to deliver rescue plan proposal for crumbling City Hall

As the 130-year old City Hall slowly crumbles, the European Union (EU) will in another two months deliver a plan to determine how best to salvage the historic largely wooden structure that is part of the National Trust. EU Ambassador to Guyana,  Jernej Videtič  made the announcement in the presence of President David Granger, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister ...

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