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Guyana gov’t asks Caribbean Court to leave elections up to Parliament, GECOM, President, Opposition Leader

The Guyana government wants the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to rule that it cannot direct when general elections should be held and that if Parliament fails to extend the timeframe, the President should name elections date after a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is appointed and advises him of its readiness. “If this Court orders that ...

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Scrap Grade Six exam, improve access to good quality education- CDB official

The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Director of Economics, Justin Ram on Friday recommended the scrapping of the National Grade Six Assessment, even as he urged Guyana to be wary of a reduced population by 2100. Addressing the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s launch of the 10th edition of Business Guyana titled ‘Guyana: Potential Unleashed’, he commended the Barbados government ...

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Caribbean economist urges governments to reduce air fares

Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Justin Ram has slammed regional governments for the high cost of air travel and he has called on them to slash the taxes and rake in more value-added and income taxes. “What I’m saying to governments—and I go all over the Caribbean—I say to governments: ‘stop being so myopic, reduce taxes ...

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OPINION: A case for sharing with a vision of progressing

By GHK Lall There has been a sporadic drumbeat relative to some mechanism for shared governance as the way forward. I offer a high-level view, as to why this is the only measure that facilitates some movement out of the political and racial gutter. I now identify some of the pluses and disadvantages of such a shared apparatus, whatever shape ...

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OPINION: The Forest Sector: The Jewel Standing Tall at the Intersection of Guyana’s Green and Brown Economy

By Deonarine Ramsaroop, Rafeek Khan and Dr. David Singh Guyana now stands at the winners’ podium for its non-renewable natural resources. Its oil and gas reserves are causing a growth rate of 16.3% between 2018 and 2021, double that of Ethiopia the next fastest growing economy. Indeed, the country’s brown economic output is set to explode. In a few short ...

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Guyana Goldfields workers call off strike

Guyana Goldfields Inc. announced Friday that the work stoppage at its Aurora mine that began on July 2 has ended, paving the way for union and the Ministry of Labour representatives to meet with aggrieved workers. “Employees are starting to return to work in a phased approach to ensure orderliness and full production is anticipated to resume shortly,” the company ...

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Jagdeo deflects questions on whether existing voters’ list advantageous to PPP

As Guyana’s governing coalition and the opposition remain at loggerheads over whether there should be house-to-house registration to create a new voters’ list, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Bharrat Jagdeo brushed off suggestions that the existing voters’ list is more advantageous to his party. Asked whether the PPP intended to fly in its supporters from overseas to vote ...

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Jagdeo, Granger make some progress on appointing new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Thursday afternoon emerged from what he said were promising talks with President David Granger on appointing a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “We had a relatively productive engagement”, Jagdeo said, adding that they both expected that it should be settled “in a matter of days”. “We are hoping that with good-faith negotiations on ...

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