GUYANA: Office of the President to have oversight of finance; natural resources


The Cabinet appointments made by the President Infaan Ali did not include a Minister of Finance. It also did not assign any ministerial responsibilities to the Prime Minister.

In response to several queries, the media corps and, by extension, the general public, is being advised that the Office of the President will have oversight for the areas of Finance and Natural Resources.   

This was stated by the Office of the President this afternoon. The Irfaan Ali administration is still to appoint a finance minister and questions have also been raised as to whether Minister of Natural Resources,  Vickram Bharrat will have responsibility for oil and gas given his inexperience in this area.

The statement by the Office of the President is another strong signal that Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo will have significant responsibilities in these two areas.

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  • brandli62  On 08/11/2020 at 3:36 am

    This is all very strange. The PPP/C had months to prepare for the take over of power and they still cannot name a minister of finance, a key position in any administration? In addition, they were aware that professional oversight of natural resources including oil and gas reserves will be critical for the nation. Finally, what’s the actual portfolio of VP Bharrat Jagdeo? Why isn’t he taking for example the position of Minister of Finance? Is he avoiding accountability, if things go wrong? This is all very strange and requires clarification as soon as possible.

    • Ramesh  On 08/11/2020 at 6:46 am

      APNU left the Guyana cupboard empty (in the red) to the tune of $104 billion after inheriting a surplus of over $20 billion in 2015.

      So, there are no finances left to manage. So why you fretting?

      Like we sey, all de money gone! In colonial times they called it piracy on the high seas. Now they do it on dry land in broad daylight.


      • Yvonne-K  On 08/11/2020 at 10:47 am

        You seem to deliberately neglect the projects and other improvements that APNU made during it’s short time in office but coming from you, that’s no surprise. . For you and your kind the PPP is the saviour of Guyana and your allegiance is strictly colour driven. PPP playing some dangerous games here. Everyone with a brain knows what Jagdeo is up to. Ali is and always will be his puppet. Do you really think that he will put the most important jobs in the hands of an inexperienced 40 year old who could not even administer his portfolio as Minister of Housing in an effective manner. I seem to recall that your illustrious puppet President have 19 charges pending against him for all the fraudulent land deals that he was involved in. Of course, all these charges will disappear now that he’s the President. The PPP has so much stink hanging over it’s head for the 23 years it was in office, particulary the 12 years under Jagdeo that Guyanese should be ashamed to validate such an hypocricy. And please, don’t let’s talk about what Burnham did O.K. This is 2020 and clinging to the Burnham days as your crutch in defending the PPP is now quite lame.

      • brandli62  On 08/11/2020 at 11:54 am

        If I understand you correctly, you are arguing there is no need for a minister of finance given that there is not money to manage? Does not make a lot of sense. Even with debts, you’ll need someone to manage it.

      • Ramesh  On 08/11/2020 at 12:51 pm

        What I mean is that there’s no need to rush to appoint the Finance Minister.

        There’s time to pan the horizon to find the person with the requisite qualifications.


      • brandli62  On 08/11/2020 at 1:08 pm

        OK, that sounds more constructive. As mentioned in my first response, I am just puzzled that this vetting had not been done, given that the elections took place in March and the PPP claimed victory already back then. How come they cannot find someone to fit this key position in five months? Why isn’t VP Jagdeo taking the responsibility? In fact, he does not have any assigned portfolio. Any ideas why? If this is indeed the case, why are we paying him the salary of a cabinet member?

      • Ramesh  On 08/11/2020 at 1:28 pm

        It’s a good question:

        1. As you well know, they were preoccupied in protracted court battles and that was a major distraction;

        2. I suspect they were quietly convinced that Granger was heading towards dictatorship and hence the apparent absence of urgency, which is understandable under the circumstances.


      • brandli62  On 08/11/2020 at 1:52 pm

        OK, these are potential explanations, but they do not convince me, really. If you were in Irfaan Ali’s shoes with a good chance of ascending the presidency, would you not start think about whom you would like to have in your cabinet? It is also unclear and bothering why VP Jagdeo has no clearly assigned role in the cabinet.

        Regarding former President Granger, there was in my opinion never any credible evidence that he would not bow to a result legally declared by GECOM. He had said so over and over again. And as a matter of fact, he did what he said.

        In my humble perception, he has always acted along the lines he had declared. He has always adhered to the law and his coalition has only executed their legal rights with the different court cases following the lost non-confidence vote in late 2018. This might be annoying for the opposition PPP but it was fully in line with the constitution of Guyana.

        Overall, President Granger had come across to me as modest, integer, and credible as you would expect from a former military chief-of-staff. I think we should be able to agree on this point. Right?

        In full disclosure, I am NOT a AFC+APNU party member nor did I participate in the 2020 general elections.

    • Kman  On 08/11/2020 at 3:32 pm

      Jagdeo has to be appointed, he just can’t take up any position he feels like, or can he?

      • Winston  On 08/12/2020 at 2:35 pm

        Oh Kman. Did you just say that? It’s like this. Jagdeo tells Ali what is to be and then those words are spoken by Ali.

  • Curtis  On 08/11/2020 at 10:50 am

    Don’t be fooled by this announcement. Jagdeo is the President, Vice President, Minister of Finance and Minister of Natural Resources. All the areas that are money making.

    ALL GONE LAKE FOR SURE GUYANESE. You better wake up before it’s too late and let your voices be heard.

  • Winston  On 08/11/2020 at 2:42 pm

    It’s all a ploy and has nothing to do with Ali presuming that President Granger was going for a Dictatorship. Ali is not calling any shots here please remember that. Eventually Jagdeo will assume the portfolio of Min of Finance. Has the Prime Minister been given any kind of Ministerial oversight? Not that I’ve read so far. These people had 5 months to plan how they would assume the government so don’t tell me that they were left floundering because the announcement of the winner was delayed. Guyanese people are not stupid. There’s a snake in our garden of Eden and there’s only one way to deal with snakes.

    • Brother Man  On 08/11/2020 at 4:27 pm

      “There’s a snake in our garden of Eden and there’s only one way to deal with snakes.“ says Winston.

      Winston, truer words are seldom spoken. De way to deal with a snake is to catch it and neutralize it or cage it quick before it bites you or harms you. We had a big old snake in we garden.

      Dat snake is, well, just a garden variety, not too clever. De Guyana snake had its eye on the red Eden apple. But the apple didn’t belong to him. They got him before e could bite de apple.

      Brother Man

      • Curtis  On 08/12/2020 at 9:41 am

        Now they have the ANACONDA. That’s is the big, bad fella. He will wrap around Guyana and squeeze every last drop of monetary value out of it.

  • Francis Y Jackson  On 08/12/2020 at 12:56 pm

    My comment is for Curtis – Please tell what yu say and wrote to the nieve Guyanese. yes the Anaconda. The dye is cast. Ask the question, who is in charge? dont have to go lookin – Jagdeo is in charge with some invisible in his camp! No Joke! just watch and see. Dont fall asleep Guyanese.

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