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ACDA calls on government to provide relief to the poor being hit by COVID-19

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) on Wednesday called on the Guyana government to set aside the political situation and provide emergency relief due of economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 decline in economic activity. “A more robust and broad-based stimulus package for households and business, that can protect the people and economy of Guyana from the potentially ...

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Guyana’s two airports to remain closed until May 1

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Eugene Correia International Airport (ECIA) will remain closed to international flights until May 1, 2020, in order to continue mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The closure of the airspace will greatly assist in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 by limiting international contacts,” the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said. The ...

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Guyana’s oil revenues will decline in short term; ExxonMobil won’t stop production in Guyana

Plummeting demand for oil as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and an oil price war are expected to see Guyana earning less than the US$300 million it had expected to rake in annually from the Liza Phase 1 project and force ExxonMobil to push back developing other oil reservoirs, an analyst said. ExxonMobil spokeswoman in Guyana, Janelle Persaud ...

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OPINION: Political dogfight is over (cheap) oil

By GHK Lall We reach for a mirage, we clutch at straws, we sprawl before the world. In my estimation, Guyana’s political junkyard dogfight is all about power. I am unmoving that ascending to power provides the first access to the feverishly desired control and dissipation of that opulent oil ocean out there within this country’s borders. Though those are ...

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Republic Bank relaxes rules on late fees, loan repayments to help cushion impact of Coronavirus

Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited has started waiving late fees and other penalties on the repayment of credit card debts, loans and mortgages as well as allowing eligible customers to postpone loan repayments for the next six months, in keeping with a request by the Bank of Guyana to all commercial banks. “In response to the anticipated impact as a result ...

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Wholly-owned Guyanese oil and gas recruitment company making major inroads; complies with international maritime labour standards

The 100 percent-owned Guyanese recruitment company, Pandora Energy, says it has made significant progress in hiring Guyanese to work on vessels associated with the exploration and production of oil in Guyana and several other countries, after initially experiencing stiff foreign competition. “For some time, we found it difficult to secure contracts to provide manpower services to the offshore clients operating ...

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GuyTIE 2020 participants benefit from capacity building workshops

Over 50 businesses participating in the upcoming Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTIE) 2020 scheduled for May, 2020, benefitted from capacity-building sessions in the key areas of trade facilitation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) over the course of three days. CSR is a self-regulating business model that helps a company be socially accountable—to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. CSR ...

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Tax reductions, incentives being considered -Finance Minister

Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Wednesday announced that the value added tax (VAT) is likely to be reduced to 12 percent as part of an overall package of tax reductions and concessions on building materials and certain productive sectors. Jordan, who has been on the 2020 election campaign trail, told a sod-turning ceremony for two internationally-branded hotels, that corporation and ...

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Guyana’s economic diversification paying off, political situation not scaring away investors -Jordan

Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Wednesday boasted that Guyana’s economy last year grew by 4.7 percent despite poor performances in traditional sectors, and that investors continue to ink concrete deals regardless of the political environment. Addressing the symbolic start of the construction of two major hotels on 10 acres of land at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, he said last year’s ...

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First Bauxite considers natural gas-fired aluminium smelter

First Bauxite LLC (FBX) has indicated to government that it would build an aluminium smelter in Guyana if natural gas, a cheap source of electricity generation, could be brought from hydrocarbon fields located offshore, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. “They said if we can bring natural gas in sufficient quantities, they are prepared to put a smelter right there in ...

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