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Guyana moves closer towards Diaspora policy

Guyana has decided to set up a ministerial sub-committee to help craft a  Diaspora policy, following recent concerns by New York-based Guyanese that they are being left out of decision-making. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said the roadmap for crafting the Diaspora Engagement Policy has alread received support from, among others, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM). He said Cabinet has ...

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Manickchand calls-out ‘pettiness, vindictiveness’ of President Granger’s Senior Counsel appointing

Opposition MP Priya Manickchand has mixed feelings about the appointment of 9 Senior Counsel by President David Granger recently after the last appointments were made some 20 years ago. In the National Assembly today, Manickchand, who should have been debating the proposed Value Added Tax amendment for budget 2017, sought to congratulate Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams ...

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Jordan defends environmental tax for beverage importers, local manufacturers amidst Opposition criticism

The National Assembly today approved an amendment to the Customs (Amendment) Act which applies a $10 environmental levy payable by importers and local manufacturers of non-returnable units of metal, plastic or glass container of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or water. The amendment is part of a regime of measures which will bring the provisions of Budget 2017 into full ...

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“Management problem” at Public Health Ministry partly led to Cabinet reshuffle

President David Granger on Tuesday said he reshuffled the cabinet to address management problems at the Ministry of Public Health, improve inter-racial relations and address problems of the rural poor. In confirming the replacement of Minister George Norton at the Ministry of Public Health with Minister Volda Lawrence, Granger alluded the management problems in the health ministry. “Largely, it’s a ...

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Embattled George Norton demoted to Social Cohesion in Cabinet shake-up

In what appears to be a demotion, Minister George Norton has been sent packing to the Ministry of Social Cohesion after several controversies over drug procurement under his watch at the Ministry of Public Health. A Ministry of the Presidency official confirmed that Volda Lawrence has been shifted from Ministry of Social Protection to the Ministry of Public Health. Amna ...

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Proposals floated to sell off several sugar estates, shed non-core operations

Proposals to sell off a number of estates of the bankrupt state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation and shed non-core operations like drainage and health services were Saturday shared with the unions and the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). The talks come against the background of claims and counter-claims for the poor state of the industry. They include the 36 percent ...

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PPP’s Nandlall slams Granger’s Senior Counsel appointments as politically biased

Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall on Saturday slammed President David Granger’s appointment of several Senior Counsel, saying the “opaque” and “discriminatory” process has led to the selection of a sitting judge in violation of  practice. “These appointments were obviously done in a very opaque fashion. Some  of the appointments reek of political bias and baseless favouritism. Persons deserving were spitefully ...

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Vigil and counter-vigil outside Red House

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Friday night held a vigil outside Red House, High Street, Kingston, Georgetown to protest government’s moves to evict the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from that building after President David Granger revoked the lease. While top members of the PPP leadership sang and held lit candles outside Red House, a group of mainly women stood on ...

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