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Jagdeo shackled sugar to a deathbed, this Gov’t saved it with $31B- PM Nagamootoo

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said the $31B injected to save the sugar industry from its death-bed under the PPP should debunk claims that this government is not interested in the sugar industry. “They came like a discordant choir,” PM Nagamootoo told the National Assembly in the absence of the opposition PPP, “they didn’t recognise the courage it takes to embrace ...

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Jagdeo warns PPP will win 2020 election, undo APNU+AFC 2017 budget measures

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has put the David Granger administration on notice that once his party resumes office, presumably in 2020, they will not only undo some of the 2017 budget measures, but also come against any foreign company operating in Guyana through a non-transparent process. “[Once] we determine that the assets of GuySuCo or any other company were given ...

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Minister Ramjattan must say if he has lost the war on crime- Opposition MP Rohee

With the perception of crime still high in Guyana, Opposition MP and former security minister, Clement Rohee, has called for Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to declare to the people whether he has lost the war on crime. “Can the Guyana Police Force deliver,” Rohee questioned during his budget debate, “how much can they deliver when fighting and backstabbing is ...

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Confusion grips Nat’l Assembly during debates over Sussex Street drug bond

After a tense exchange of words in the National Assembly between Opposition MP Anil Nandlall and Public Health Minister Dr George Norton over the content of the controversial $12M monthly Sussex Street bond, the National Assembly’s Speaker Dr Barton Scotland was made to put his foot down and set up an investigative team to visit the storage bond while the ...

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Guyana earned historic US$740M from gold in 2016- Natural Resources Minister Troman

To the sound of thunderous desk-banging from government side, and silence from the opposition PPP, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman painted the success story of his Ministry in the National Assembly this evening during the budget debates. Guyana has earned a whopping US$740M from gold declarations which amount to 641,688 ounces, according to Minister Trotman. Trotman said a considerable amount ...

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Budget 2017 deflated expectations of Guyanese youth- PPP MP Sukhai

Opposition MP Pauline Sukhai is calling for the David Granger administration to clearly show how much money has been budgeted for youth development in 2017. “After deceiving youths into believing they were the focal point of the elections campaign,” Sukhai told the National Assembly during her budget presentation this morning. “They convinced them they would be the complementary force for ...

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10,000 tonnes of rice sold to Venezuelan buyers; amount to increase- Agri. Minister

Guyana’s rice is no longer purchased by the Venezuelan government, but private buyers in Guyana’s spanish-speaking neighbour have purchased thousands of tonnes of rice directly from Guyanese millers. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder confirmed this yesterday to Demerara Waves Online. “It is not government to government but private to private,” Minister Holder explained noting that the arrangement sees buyers coming from ...

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Minister Broomes says Budget offers ‘good life’ for miners; mining groups disagree

Minister in the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes is confident budget 2017 will benefit the mining sector, but the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association as well as the Guyana Women Miners Organisation feel differently. A number of groups have come out in opposition of the proposed 2017 budget including the private sector commission. Broomes, a former head of the ...

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Media, Public locked-out of City Hall meeting discussing Parking Meters, Container Fees, City Budget

The Media and members of the public were turned away from City Hall today by City Police who were given orders handed down by a majority of city councillors. It was Councillor Oscar Clarke who moved a motion, during today’s extraordinary statutory meeting of the council, that the session discussing Georgetown’s 2017 budget, laws for the Parking Meter project, as ...

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