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GRA warns businesses about VAT policy violation

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday expressed concern that several businesses have over the last year seemingly taken the Value Added Tax (VAT) policy for granted to the disadvantage of consumers. The revenue agency said those businesses had previously ensured that they were in compliance with the law in terms of the display of prices for their goods, commodities ...

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More political commitment needed to eradicate hunger – FAO official

A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official says more political commitment is needed to feed the 47 million people suffering from hunger in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean Raul Benitez was speaking to reporters at the ongoing Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) in Guyana on Wednesday. He acknowledged that the ...

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Suriname’s Finance Minister fired

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname; President Desi Bouterse has dismissed Finance Minister Adelien Wijnerman the Office of the President announced in a press statement Wednesday. The minister has been requested to offer her resignation due to the slow pace in which contractors and other service providers to the government are being paid for their services, according to the statement signed ...

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Caribbean women need stronger voice, easier financing

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) wants a strong network of women and easier financing rules if it is to spur regional business development, a according to a senior official of the Guyana-based headquarters. “I’m advocating that you form these associations at the national level and then let’s have a regional association for women entrepreneurs,” Caricom’s Deputy Programme Manager for Private Sector ...

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Farmers hold the power – regional farmers’ advocate

Chief Coordinator of the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) Jethro Greene says farmers need to take their rightful place atop the power structure. “Food and water are essential to life, whoever controls food and water actually controls power,” he told participants at a Youth Consultation on Community Agricultural Policy at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) on Tuesday. “At the end ...

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Mortgagors to get income tax relief

Home-owners repaying mortgages can now seek Income Tax relief from the interest charges, a move that Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh on Tuesday said would cost the treasury GUY$580 million annually. “This relief is expected to make home ownership even more affordable and attractive, will increase disposable incomes in thousands of households, and will constitute a significant injection of cash ...

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Agriculture is big business – Dr. Ramsammy

Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy says Guyana is retooling its agriculture curricula to include entrepreneurship as a necessary component. He made the remark on Tuesday at a youth workshop at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) being hosted ta the Guyana International Conference Centre. The minister in his usual passionate manner decried negative perceptions of agriculture saying that it must ...

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Suspected Mambo Bar “hit” mastermind surrenders

A man suspected to have organised a failed hit on a man at a city bar surrendered on Tuesday in the company of his lawyer and was detained for questioning, Deputy Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud said. Persaud said the man turned himself after police had gone to his home in search of him because he was needed for questioning based ...

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Fraud “scandal” at Public Hospital- Health Minister

A cashier at the state-run Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has been fingered in connection with an alleged multi-million dollar fraud following an audit there, Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsarran said Tuesday. “We are dealing with an unfortunate situation of a scandal which has demonstrated certain weaknesses,” he told a news conference. A top official of the Guyana Police Force, ...

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New St. Kitts-Nevis party targets Guyanese vote

Several persons, including two ministers, who have broken away from the ruling St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party have assured Guyanese living in the twin-island federation that they would be respected. The immigrant vote made up mainly of Guyanese and nationals of the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic (DR) is crucial to the political parties including the newcomer Team Unity. Addressing Guyanese last ...

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