Daily Archives: 04/15/2022

GUYANA: Parliament: Norton finally elected leader of opposition

…Volda Lawrence replaces Nicolette Henry as coalition fills vacant seats

Aubrey Norton Takes Oath

Apr 14, 2022  – Kaieteur News – People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) stalwart, Aubrey Compton Norton was on Wednesday elected Leader of the Opposition (LOO) several months after he won the headship of his party, which gave him a mandate to take up the post previously held by Joseph Harmon.

He was sworn in as a Member of Parliament first, before being elected the LOO during a meeting of the members of the opposition. Norton’s election has come 77 days after Harmon, tendered his resignation with immediate effect, late January.

After being appointed, Norton was also unopposed for the post of Opposition Leader and was bestowed with the position.

Also appointed to the National Assembly yesterday was People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) member, Ms. Volda Lawrence, who is replacing former Education Minister, Dr. Nicolette Henry.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Failed Infrastructure development projects financed by Exim Bank of China – By Anand Goolsarran

In today’s article, we discuss some of the above projects that also ran into serious difficulties during their execution. We refer to the Skeldon Sugar Modernisation Project, the One Laptop Per Family and the Fibre Optic Cable Project.

In last week’s article, we discussed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion Project which, after ten years since the design and construction contract was signed, is yet to be completed. The main reason for this state of affairs is the absence of feasibility studies prior to the contract award, to determine the precise nature and scope of the works to be undertaken, coupled with a lack of effective supervision as the works progressed. The Project is financed by a loan from the Exim Bank of China, with counterpart funding from the Government of Guyana. Table I shows the list of projects in Guyana that are financed by loans from the Exim Bank of China since 2005:      Continue reading

GUYANA: Pres. Ali warns reckless drivers as Eccles to Mandela road link opens

By Isanella Patoir – Isanella@newsroom.gy  -April 14. 2022

The Mandela to Eccles four-lane highway was officially declared open to the public by President Dr Irfaan Ali on Thursday night and he promised that a new traffic system will ensure errant drivers are dealt with condignly.

In delivering the feature address at the commissioning ceremony of the road, the Head of State revealed that the new electronic monitoring speed system will be implemented within three weeks, targeting delinquent road users and ensuring compliance with the law.

“Those who continuously abuse the road will lose their license,” the President said to loud applause from those in attendance.


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