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Amaila Hydro Power is Guyana’s best option but technical drawbacks found; need for political consensus to attract new investors- Norwegian experts

Norwegian experts have confirmed that the proposed 165 megawatt Amaila Falls Hydropower station is the best option for Guyana to wean itself off of fossil fuel generation and has recommended that government quickly makes a decision and, together with the opposition, reach consensus before renewing a search for international investors. “In order to establish broad interest among well experienced and ...

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Think-tank formed to craft consensus policies; grassroots to play big role

A think-tank, set up to mobilize and involve ordinary Guyanese and organised civil society in crafting policies, has so far found mixed reactions to performance of government. The Roraima Institute’s (TRI), co-founded by former Guyanese politician, Paul Tennassee, plans to involve government, opposition and the grassroots in developing policy analyses and policy briefs. “We believe there is wisdom in the grassroots ...

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Reject Jagdeo’s nominees for GECOM Chairmanship; Afro-Guyanese orgs weren’t consulted- ACDA

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) on Thursday called on President David Granger to discard Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) because no African Guyanese organisation has been consulted. “The ACDA  is consequently requesting that this list be firmly rejected until full and complete consultations are ...

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Granger asks Jagdeo for GECOM nominees’ qualifications, experience

President David Granger, today, said that he has requested of Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, that the curricula vitae for the six persons he has nominated to fill the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be provided to him so that he can determine their suitability for the post according to the requirements outlined in the Constitution ...

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Labour Minister apologises to GTUC, FITUG for “impotence” remark

Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott has expressed regret for his statement made about the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) during the debate on the estimates for the 2017 National Budget on December 20 in the National Assembly. Minister Scott said, “I made the mistake, that statement is regrettable, ...

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‘Guyana is prepared to prove its case in Court’ -President Granger on decision by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on border controversy

President David Granger on Friday said that Guyana welcomes the decision by United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to identify a definitive deadline to the Good Offices process for the resolution of the Guyana/ Venezuela border controversy. Declaring that Guyana has worked hard to bring an end to the claim on its sovereign territory, the President said that the country ...

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Jagdeo eyes replacing Rohee as PPP General Secretary

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo opted to remain mum on whether he wants to take away the General Secretary post of his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from incumbent, Clement Rohee. However, key figures in the PPP have confirmed separately to Demerara Waves Online News that Jagdeo wants to become the next General Secretary which will make him the de facto leader. ...

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11 laws to be changed before tax measures in Budget 2017 take effect

11 laws will be amended to support tax provisions made in budget 2017, and those proposed amendments were tabled by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the National Assembly on tuesday. Provisions to be amended included those within the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act; Customs Act; VAT Act; Capital Gains Tax Act; Corporation Tax Act; Income Tax (In Aid of ...

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Guyana scores 64% on compliance for international aviation rating

Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has scored 64% from an audit assessment facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), according to the local aviation body’s head, Egbert Field. This marks an increase considering Guyana’s previous score of 44%. Field told Demerara Waves Online the CAA “fell down a little in the audit because we did not have enough expertise.” ...

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Opposition Leader releases names of nominees for new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday released the names of the six nominees for new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). He said the names were submitted to President David Granger earlier Wednesday after extensive consultations with civil society organisations. They are Governance and Conflict Resolution Consultant Lawrence Lachmansingh, Business Executive Ramesh Dookhoo;  former Chief of Staff of the ...

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