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Procurement Committee to certify arms purchases for police, army

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The Guyana government is moving to streamline the procedure for importing arms and ammunition for the police and army, with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan heading a procurement committee. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a news conference on that the National Security Committee decided that the committee would “look at the procurement of arms for the disciplined services so that ...

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No plan to scrap pharmaceutical bond deal with city businessman

Government on Thursday signalled that it has no intention of backing down from the rental of a bond to store pharmaceutical supplies and sought to play down key aspects about the transparency of the deal with a city businessman. “I see it as nothing more than a coincidence that the price paid and the price of the security deposit and the ...

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Ministerial team ordered to probe pharmaceutical bond rental, related issues

In the wake of serious concerns being raised about a deal to store pharmaceuticals for the public health sector at a bond being rented from a city businessman, government on Wednesday announced that a special ministerial team has been established to examine a range of issues. “The Sub-Committee met today (Wednesday), at the Office of the Prime Minister and was provided ...

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No sweetheart pharmaceutical bond contract- Health Minister; Jagdeo slams govt for lying to House

Amid swirling accusations of a sweetheart deal between government and a city businessman over the rental of a bond to store pharmaceutical supplies,  Minister of Public Health Dr. George Norton said Wednesday that the move was aimed at saving cash. He denied claims by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that government paid the building’s owner, Lawrence “Larry” Singh two months rent ...

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US-bound passengers changing planes in Trinidad must undergo security screening again

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Wednesday confirmed that passengers travelling from the United States (US) via Port of Spain would now have to undergo screening if they are changing aircraft. The CJIA said that decision applies to everyone transiting Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport on Caribbean Airlines and all other foreign carriers. “With immediate effect, transfer and transit passengers ...

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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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