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Swifter COVID-19 testing, distance education delivery, loan repayment relief -President Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday night unveiled a package of measures to ease the cash strain on thousands of Guyanese due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as he announced plans to increase testing countrywide and acquire results in a short time and clear a backlog of 700 tests. The President said his administration wants to ...

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Guyana puts a “hold” on bidding process for crude lifting

Guyana has put a “hold” on the international bidding process for oil companies to lift and sell its share of crude oil sales from one of ExxonMobil’s several oil fields offshore the north-east coast of South America, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo announced Friday. He said the now one-week-old administration, which was sworn in five months after a disputed general election, ...

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Guyana pushing ExxonMobil for cheap natural gas-generated electricity, higher pay for Guyanese

The Guyana government plans to open negotiations with United States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil to purchase natural gas to push industrialisation and provide cheap electricity to the nation as well as entrench local content requirements to ensure Guyanese are not paid lower salaries than in other countries, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo told a news conference on Friday. Claiming that the ...

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Trades Union Congress calls on Labour Ministry to tackle several burning issues

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Tuesday welcomed the re-establishment of a Ministry of Labour and has already urged Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton to tackle several burning issues. “We look forward to a good, meaningful, and productive working relationship with the Minister. Now that we have a return of a ministry it is therefore our expectation that the ...

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NICIL will be asked to return closed sugar estates to GuySuCo -Agriculture Minister

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), the holding company for government’s assets, will be asked to return the closed sugar estates to the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) which will be reopened after a review is done, Agriculture Minister Zulficar Mustapha said Tuesday. “In terms of the timeframe for reopening the closed sugar estates, first of all GuySuCo ...

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34 companies submit expressions of interest to market Guyana’s crude oil

Thirty-four companies on Tuesday submitted expressions of interest (EOIs) to sell Guyana’s oil exports over a period of 12 months. The EOIs were opened by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board. Already, the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy has said the company that wins the bid to market Guyana’s crude will not enjoy an automatic right of ...

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130 Guyanese laid off as RUSAL closure triggers German transshipment company exit

More than 130 workers have been sent home as a result of the Germany-headquartered, Oldendorff Carriers Guyana Inc (OCGI) closure of its transshipment service in Guyana three months after the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-majority owned bauxite company shut down its operations. “Unfortunately, OCGI’s customer in Guyana has decided to suspend and mothball its operation in Guyana and thus not to extend ...

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OPINION: Oil futures below zero; meaningless to most Guyanese

By GHK Lall Oil prices, the futures to be precise, went into negative territory for the first time in their volatile stormy history. For many it is like the end of the world. Yet, here are Guyanese lost in the impenetrable hazes of their own little world, who could care less. The bounty bestowed on us is now worth nothing, ...

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GRA announces more tax relief measures due to COVID-19

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday announced a range of additional tax relief measures that will assist Guyanese as the country grapples with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax relief, the entity stated, will support businesses and individuals who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by the threat of the virus. Among the relief measures are: Removal ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector loses earnings, jobs since COVID-19; appeal issued for govt relief

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken a toll on Guyana’s tourism sector, resulting in a 46-percent decline in earnings and a 30-percent loss of jobs to date, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The authority, which is a semi-autonomous government agency, predicted that 50 percent of tourism businesses would have to close their doors permanently if they do not get ...

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