Daily Archives: January 16, 2015

Smuggling from Suriname a major bugbear for Guyanese businesses as Trade Talks begin

Smuggling from Suriname a major bugbear for Guyanese businesses

14 January 2015 – by   –  Demerara Waves

GT -Suriname Trade MissionAs a group of Surinamese private sector and government officials prepare to participate in a three-day trade mission in Guyana from Thursday, the Private Sector Commission of Guyana is concerned about smuggling.

Chairman for Trade and Investment at the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo says products produced in Guyana and other Caricom member states are facing unfair competition from goods smuggled from neighbouring Suriname.

He says that in many instances higher quality products are imported into Suriname on concessionary terms and then smuggled to Guyana where they are sold at cheaper prices. Products include vehicles, fuel, textiles, alcohol, tobacco and hardware.   Continue reading

Private Sector decries ‘obstructionist politics’ …calls premature Election a dis-incentive to Business

Private Sector decries ‘obstructionist politics’ …calls premature Election a dis-incentive to Business

Private Sector decries ‘obstructionist politics’ of past year …calls premature Election a dis-incentive to Business Community

PSC Executive Members (from left) are Kit Nascimento, Eddie Boyer and Ramesh Dookhoo (Adrian Narine photo)

 EXECUTIVE Members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has condemned the ‘obstructionist politics’ that infused the landscape in the past year forcing early elections and in the process doing a disservice to the business community.

 This is the consensus of Executive Members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) – Ramesh Dookhoo, Eddie Boyer and Kit Nascimento, who during a media briefing on Wednesday last, were asked to weigh in on the current political atmosphere and its relationship with the Business Community.

“The Private Sector hates elections,” blurted an animated Dookhoo, who was joined by his colleagues in pointing out that given what obtains in such an environment, the local business community has currently adopted a “wait and see” approach.  Continue reading

Night falls on Stalingrad: The PPP at 65 – commentary

Night falls on Stalingrad: The PPP at 65

January 16, 2015 | By | Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

What is facing the PPP on its 65th birthday is the worst trouble any human being can find him/herself in – the jeopardy of freedom. This explains why the celebrations are so muted. The energy, animation, optimism are not there. When a party in power is facing its final moments, it does not think of celebrations, it is only possessed of fear, the fear of what is to come when mighty people drop down to earth and become mere mortals.

At 65, there isn’t a Papa Jagan or Mama Jagan. The Jagans left two biological children, and both think the PPP is a caricature of what their parents created. At 65, the PPP has lost every ounce of moral redemption, every ounce of political decency and every fibre of humanity. At 65, the PPP has not one woman or man that could command any significant level of respect from any level of the Guyanese society.  Continue reading

U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel

U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures today to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.

Defying hardline critics in Congress, President Barack Obama made good on a commitment he made a month ago to begin loosening some U.S. economic sanctions against the communist-ruled island as part of an effort to end decades of hostility.

The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications, agricultural and construction equipment, permit expanded travel to Cuba and authorize some kinds of banking relations.  Continue reading

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