Category Archives: Governance

GUYANA: Corruption?: The Queen’s College Living Quarters Contract – Opinion

Stabroek News

By December 29, 2021

Almost two months to the day after the World Bank had staged its October 25-28 forum on the subject of Data Analytics for Anticorruption in Public Administration, in which it had made some pointed observations about the nexus between corruption and poverty in poor countries, the Stabroek News published in its December 23 issue an article headlined “Education Ministry signed contracts for over G$15 million before Internal Tender Board’s approval.” (See article below)

The content of the article had to do with, not one, but a series of blatant irregularities in the official handling of a contract “for repairs to the Queen’s College living quarters,” a modest assignment in monetary terms, as state contracts go.

The article is worth reading because of its articulation of what continues to be the flippant manner in which political administrations in our country ‘play monopoly’ with public monies and lawful procedures, in this instance, seemingly in pursuit of the dispensation of what appears to be a political favour, even as government continues to trumpet the virtues of responsibility, accountability and good governance.               Continue reading

Guyana: Agreement signed for US$5M concrete manufacturing facility by United Arab Emirates (UAE) company

GUYANA CHRONICLE – October 20, 2021
Smart City Clearing Company Limited Managing Director, Gavin Smith, and Global Infrastructure Solutions CEO Troy Phillips participating in the Unidome signing ceremony in Dubai on Tuesday
Smart City Clearing Company Limited Managing Director, Gavin Smith, and Global Infrastructure Solutions CEO Troy Phillips participating in the Unidome signing ceremony in Dubai on Tuesday

A US$5M investment to develop a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility intended to produce biaxial voided slab technology in Guyana is the first manufacturing international joint venture partnership and investment between Guyana and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The partnership was facilitated by Guyanese merchant bank, Smart City Clearing Company Limited, between Guyanese-based engineering, procurement, and construction firm, Global Infrastructure Solutions Guyana Inc, and Undiome Global DWC LLC, an Emirati-owned company.      Continue reading

GUYOIL – A Case Study of Corruption in Governance in Guyana – Editorial – Kaieteur News

April 27, 2021 – Kaieteur News – GUYOIL stands as a prime example of how governance, at many levels, functions in Guyana today. GUYOIL could serve as the perfect picture of a rare behind the scenes look at how men entrusted with responsibility conduct themselves.

They conduct themselves in this manner, because it is understood all around that they have been given a mandate, in the fullness of powerful carte blanches, to make a killing while living a deep dark lie. Indeed, it could be confidently and convincingly said that GUYOIL is so much more than any one lie, but an expression of so many countless other deplorable and damnable lies.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Chief Justice dismisses APNU+AFC elections petition

April 26, 2021- Stabroek News

Chief Justice Roxanne George

Chief Justice (acting) Roxanne George today threw out a petition brought by APNU+AFC challenging the results of the March 2nd 2020 general elections.

She found that the recount order and section 22 of the election laws act did not contravene the constitution.

The petition came up on April 7th  for arguments, during which Senior Counsel John Jeremie on behalf of the petitioners advanced that Section 22 of the Election Laws Amendment Act (ELAA) by which the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) created Order 60 for the recount of votes from the March 2nd, polls was unlawful.    Continue reading

LIFESTYLE: Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S. – Video

LIFESTYLE: Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S. – Video

CNBC – 2,737,599 views – Jan 9, 2020

What does it take to be happy? The Nordic countries seem to have it all figured out. Finland and Denmark have consistently topped the United Nations’ most prestigious index, The World Happiness Report, in all six areas of life satisfaction: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

Each year, a group of happiness experts from around the globe rank 156 countries based on how “happy” citizens are, and they publish their findings in the World Happiness Report. Happiness might seem like an elusive concept to quantify, but there is a science to it.     Continue reading

VIDEO: THE GREAT RESET (Explained!) – Agenda of the World Economic Forum – By Neil McCoy-Ward

THE GREAT RESET (Explained!) – – By Neil McCoy-Ward – 734,041 views  Premiered Sep 12, 2020.

GOOD NEWS! MY APPEAL WAS SUCCESSFUL, YOUTUBE HAVE ALLOWED THIS VIDEO TO STAY UP (AFTER IT WAS BANNED IN OCTOBER…) I am still unsure why the video was banned. I have submitted a new appeal with effect: 5th Nov 2020. The video comes up with a message — Please click to proceed.
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THE GREAT RESET (Explained!) We’ll be looking at: – What is The Great Reset? – What is the World Economic Forum? (WEF) – What is the significance of Davos, Switzerland? – Who pays for the Davos conference? – Who are the key players involved? – What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? – And finally, could there be a potential financial reset? – What does all this mean for you?      Continue reading

DEMOGRAPHICS: The Implications of an Aging Population – Infographics by Visual Capitalist

The Demographic Debacle

The world is experiencing a seismic demographic shift—and no country is immune to the consequences.

While increasing life expectancy and declining birth rates are considered major achievements in modern science and healthcare, they will have a significant impact on future generations.

Today’s graphic relies on OECD data to demonstrate how the old-age to working-age ratio will change by 2060, highlighting some of the world’s fastest aging countries.        Continue reading

Sir James Douglas – born 15 August 1803 in Demerara [Guyana] – Governor of BC

Sir James Douglas – Governor of British Columbia (1858-64)

Sir James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island (1851–64) and British Columbia (1858–64), fur trader (born 15 August 1803 in Demerara [Guyana]; died 2 August 1877 in Victoria, BC). Remembered as “the Father of British Columbia,” Sir James Douglas helped establish colonial settlement, trade and industry on the West Coast. As Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1839–58), he helped the HBC become a trading monopoly in the Pacific Northwest.
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As governor of the Crown colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, he initiated British rule west of the Rocky Mountains and negotiated land purchases with First Nations, which some argue were conducted in bad faith (see Treaties with Indigenous Peoples in Canada).

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WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY? – By Geoffrey Da Silva – former Ambassador. CEO. Minister and Consul General

WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY?

Geoffrey Da Silva

National Unity with Equal Economic Opportunities
                            or
An Ethnic and Political Stalemate with the Consequences of
Persistent Poverty and Bouts of Temporary Insanity

This is a contribution to the many broad initiatives of those Guyanese and friends of Guyana who are searching for ways to build national unity and provide equal economic opportunities for Guyanese in all the ethnic communities. Some persons support a particular political party and many are not politically aligned. It does not matter.

Most importantly, they belong to all the ethnic communities in Guyana and they want a new beginning for Guyana.

I humbly present these reflections and action proposals for critical review and correction. There are five reflections and two action proposals. They are divided into seven Parts so that you can read them separately, at your own convenience.:      (PDF copy below) Continue reading

Corruption: Guyana registers best ever score on Transparency International ranking

Guyana has risen three points in the latest Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Report, registering its best score ever and was once again listed among 22 countries which have significantly improved their standing in the last eight years.

“In the last eight years, only 22 countries significantly improved their CPI scores, including Greece, Guyana and Estonia,” the TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 report said.

Guyana now has a score of 40 and is ranked at 85 out of the 180 countries which were looked at for the report which was released on January 23, 2020.            Continue reading

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