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Oil industry not responsible for low fish catch- FAO study

A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) study has found that climate change instead of oil exploration was the major reason for a reduction in fish catch in Guyana,  Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha said Friday. “During that period that we had the low catches, it’s referring to same form of problem we had with climate change and we had heavy rainfall. ...

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Guyana sets production targets to reduce US$30 million food import bill

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday announced a series of targets that are aimed at reducing Guyana’s US$30 million annual food import bill in line with the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) target to reduce food imports by 25 percent by 2025. Addressing the opening of the Caribbean Agriculture Investment Forum and Expo, the Guyanese leader who is responsible for agriculture in the ...

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Rowley makes international pitch for Caribbean ships to transport cheap agricultural produce

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley on Thursday appealed to international players to finance the purchase of cargo and passenger ships to guarantee cheap transportation of agricultural produce across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). “I gather that there are international supporters at this conference and I say here today, if you really want to help CARICOM to do what we ...

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Jagdeo favours MoU with Trinidad and Tobago

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said he preferred a memorandum of understanding with Trinidad and Tobago as a way forward to removing a range of non-tariff barriers. “Hopefully, the MoU will go towards resolving the difficulties we have had so you have to have a pathway to solving the problem. You just can’t complain about it and I think ...

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‘Don’t sign accord with Trinidad unless trade barriers are removed’- Georgetown Chamber

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GGCI) on Wednesday urged the Guyana g0vernment not to sign a memorandum of understanding with Trinidad and Tobago unless that twin-island nation removes a series of non-tariff barriers. Up to late Wednesday, GCCI President Timothy Tucker said the Guyana government did not inform him whether it would heed the business organisation’s call not ...

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iTel Call Centre investing in US$5 million upgrade

One year after acquiring a Guyanese contact center, itel, the international award-winning customer experience provider, announced that it has already invested over US$1 Million dollars in upgrades to the facility with plans to invest a total of US$4 million to bring the site to a world-class standard by July 2022.  Late last year, itel’s Founding Chairman and CEO, Yoni Epstein, ...

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Prospective hemp farmers on Soesdyke-Linden Highway urged to petition Jagdeo

Prospective hemp farmers along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on Sunday said they want government to give them the greenlight to produce that herb there rather than merely confine cultivation to Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Upper Berbice). Under the banner of the one-month old Hemp Farmers Association of Guyana (HFAG), Leon Saul, they plan to formally request ...

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Road Safety Council welcomes manslaughter offence for intoxicated drivers; penalties for liquor licence holders

The President of the Guyana Road Safety Council, Ramona Doergen on Sunday welcomed government’s plan to amend the law to permit the charging of intoxicated drivers with manslaughter if they cause death by dangerous driving. She said  dating back to 2006 the Council had been advocating for the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act to be changed to allow for ...

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Attorney General defends GY$8 million parking shed price tag

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday defended his ministry’s construction of an GY$8.05 million parking shed, in the wake of a report that it would amount to the cost of more than two turnkey homes. “The current parking shed is decades old, is dilapidated and unless demolished or repaired, would damage government and private vehicles parked under it. It is ...

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Guyana resumes manganese export for first time five decades

Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh on Thursday announced that Guyana was preparing to export manganese for the first time in 54 years. Addressing the formal opening of the Private Sector Commission’s Annual General Meeting, he said ships were moored in the North-West District and loading the mineral for export. “Guyana, I believe, this very week will resume exports of manganese ...

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