Category Archives: Guyana Parliament

GUYANA: Cabinet approves G$60,000 minimum wage for private sector employees – Pres. Ali

June 16, 2022 – https://newsroom.gy/

After two years of discussing an increase in the minimum wage of private sector employees from G$44,200 to G$60,000, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Thursday evening announced that it has been approved by the cabinet. This increase to G$60,00 is approximately US$300 per month at the exchange rate of 200-1.

“Cabinet has agreed with the recommendation of the tripartite committee and that is, we are in support of the minimum wage, that is, the $60,000…” President Ali said while addressing the 74th commemoration of the Enmore Martyrs.

The minimum wage was increased to G$44,200 in 2017 from G$35,000.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Commission of Inquiry into 2020 elections to open next week – President Ali

– President to empanel commissioners Tuesday

Jun 17, 2022 —Kaieteur News

In what can be seen as an about-face decision, President Irfaan Ali announced on Thursday that next week Tuesday, he will be naming the persons to sit on an international panel to inquire into the chaotic 2020 General and Regional elections.

Ali made the announcement while wrapping up his speech at the Enmore Martyrs’ Commemoration Service. “In honour of these martyrs and all Guyanese who fought relentlessly to ensure that our country did not go down as an undemocratic state…we will have an international CoI into the last elections.

Not a review…we promise, particularly your President promise a CoI and I say to all of you before dawn on Tuesday, your President will name the members of that CoI and those who sought to subvert democracy… the COI will set the truth from the untruth…” Ali declared.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Letter to the Editor: Election Malpractice Cases – By Eusi Kwayana

 Letter to the Editor: Election Malpractice Cases

By Eusi Kwayana

Something has gone wrong in the Criminal Justice System of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

During the impasse following Guyana’s 2000 General Elections, the entire world was effectively alerted to a perceived plan or plots to steal the election and give the victory to the wrong List.

The returning government (PPP) will claim that because of its vigilance the plot to steal the elections failed, though narrowly, because the perceived plotters were caught red-handed. The suspects were roundly denounced; exposed and criminal charges were made against them.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Ali, Norton engage in ‘tit for tat’ over meeting on constitutional appointments

President Infaan Ali

GUYANA: POLL: Funded by the US government’s National Endowment for Democracy – three articles

US poll finds political representation on major problems generally poor; youths don’t see a future in Guyana

A United States (US)-funded opinion poll conducted earlier this year shows that cost of living, unemployment and the coronavirus are the biggest problems among Guyanese but elected representatives are not doing sufficient to address them.

The poll, which was conducted for the International Republican Institute (IRI) between January 4 and 24 through face-to-face interviews in the homes of 1,500 Guyanese adults 18 years and older across based on the 2012 census, shows that a mere 2 percent of Guyanese were concerned about the oil sector and 4 percent about crime and security.        Continue reading

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: Diaspora Digest – 8th Edition

GUYANA: Diaspora Digest – 8th Edition

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GUYANA: POLITICS: APNU+AFC asks for time to decide on next opposition leader after Harmon resigns

Joseph Harmon

“The Chief Whip of the APNU+AFC has said that they will indicate to me at a later time their availability for me to convene a meeting for the election of a new opposition leader,” House Speaker Manzoor Nadir told the National Assembly before the presentation of the 2022 National Budget.

Mr. Nadir said the Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party, Lenox Shuman, who is also Deputy Speaker, said he would not be part of the process for the election of a new opposition leader.

Mr. Harmon remains an APNU+AFC parliamentarian.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Budget 2022: Income tax threshold increases, higher pensions, school children grants, etc.

BUDGET DEBATE 2022 – 26 January 2022

Guyanese who earn G$75,000 (app US$350) per month or less will no longer have to pay income tax.  Note: Guyana’s Exchange rate is now approximately $210 per USA Dollar. Divide Guyana dollars quoted by 210 to get US dollar amount.

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh made the announcement in his 2022 National Budget speech. “In this regard, we are proposing to increase the monthly income tax threshold from G$65,000 to G$75,000 monthly, thereby releasing a total of G$1.3 billion into the hands of current taxpayers both in the public and private sectors,” he said.

He says that in 2021 the increased revenue from personal income tax of G$8.2 billion was driven by higher remittances by employers in both the public and private sectors.

TOTAL BUDGET U$ 2.6Billion            Continue reading

GUYANA: Government to make first drawdown from oil fund for 2022 budget

  • BUDGET IN PARLIAMENT ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 2022

OilNOW- 22 January 2022

V.P Bharrat Jagdeo

Guyana’s Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo said last Friday that the government intends to use some of the proceeds from its US$607 million Natural Resource Fund to finance the government’s budget for the fiscal year 2022.

Guyana has been borrowing to finance its budget for years but plans to lower its fiscal deficit this year.

“The fiscal deficit this year, in this budget, would be lower than the fiscal deficit in last year because from a financing perspective, that means we’d have to borrow less because some of the oil and gas revenue will go to replace the high level of borrowing that we have had.”          Continue reading

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