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Guyana, Trinidad agree to remove non-tariff barriers; explore ferry service

Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday agreed to remove non-tariff barriers to trade in agricultural produce and fast-track the removal of the transport constraints. President Irfaan Ali told a news conference at State House that the two nations were exploring the possibility of a cargo ferry experiment between the the two countries. The Foreign Minister of Guyana, Hugh Todd ...

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CARICOM leaders agree to fix regional transportation, set deadlines for removal of trade barriers

Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations on Saturday agreed to craft a proposal to resolve the decades-long problem of regional transportation for agricultural produce and passengers and submit the document to their summit in another two months The three-day Regional Agriculture Investment Forum ended with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, together with St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister , ...

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Opposition parliamentarian asks High Court to scrap Clifton Hicken’s appointment as Police Commissioner

People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive member, Christopher Jones has asked the High Court to find that the appointment of Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken as acting Police Commissioner is unconstitutional. Instead, Mr. Jones said that the qualification to perform the duties of Commissioner of Police is the next most senior officer and that person should be Deputy Police Commissioner ...

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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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Trinidad and Tobago’s PM supports removal of non-tariff barriers

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday said there was need for sanitary and phytosanitary standards f0r agricultural produce, but cautioned that they should not be used as non-tariff trade barriers to the disadvantage of the majority. “Phytosanitary guards we need, yes, to ensure that we don’t spread disease unnecessarily among ourselves but they are not to ...

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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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PPP dismisses APNU+AFC model for electoral reform consultations

The governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday rejected calls by the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) for a “comprehensive” review of Guyana’s legal architecture for elections, saying that public consultations began six months ago. “The call from the Coalition camp for a comprehensive review of what took place in March 2020 before electoral ...

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APNU+AFC to formally ask President Ali for national consultations on electoral reform

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) 0n Tuesday said it would be formally recommending to the government that a broad-based national consultation on electoral reform be held, even as it defended its decision for doing so six months after the draft Representation of the People Act was published. “What we will do is present a formal ...

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Over 30,000 new registrants – GECOM’s Commissioner of Registration

The names of more than  30,000 first-time registrants are set to be added to the National Register of Registrants from which the voters list is created for local and general elections, Commissioner of Registration and Chief Election Officer Vishnu Persaud said Friday. “The exercise is flowing smoothly. I think we would have crossed the 30,000 in terms of numbers- A ...

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US-funded youth programme to push problem-solving, inclusive governance, greater political participation

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has embarked on a three-year project to encourage youths, especially disabled persons, to participate in democracy especially at the local government level as well as cultivate the involvement of all people. “The final goal is to promote inclusive governance through evidence-based research. We want all of our programming to be responsive to the ...

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