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GUYANA: Elections: GECOM backs biometric system for voting

…to formally make proposal to Attorney General on May 19, 2022

 Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are supporting the use of a biometric system to assist with transparency when it comes to voting at elections.

The representatives of both, the current Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government as well as the Opposition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU+AFC), have agreed that the use of the technological system would greatly help in preventing many inconsistencies raised during the voting process at elections.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics: Former Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon resigns from Parliament

Opposition now in talks to find Harmon’s replacement

Joseph Harmon

March 5, 2022 – News Room – https://newsroom.gy/

Joseph Harmon, who resigned as Leader of the Opposition earlier this year, will now leave the National Assembly altogether when his newly-submitted resignation as a Member of Parliament takes effect from March 15, 2022.

Harmon’s resignation as a Parliamentarian was confirmed on Saturday by Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs.          Continue reading

GUYANA: VP Jagdeo is Guyana’s Finance Minister- Dr. Ashni Singh is his assistant

Jan 30, 2022 – Kaieteur News

Dr. Ashni Kumar Singh has, since the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration took Office back in August 2020, presented three successive Budgets to the National Assembly for approval.

Dr Ashni Singh for all intents and purposes has been the substantive face for the Irfaan Ali led PPP/C administration’s finance portfolio.

His official appointment however, is not Minister of Finance. That position is substantively held by Vice President, Bharrat Jagdeo, a distinction confirmed on Friday when the administration announced a new $2,000 note denomination for circulation.

Photo: The real Finance Minister is Bharrat Jagdeo with Ashni Singh.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics and Economy: ‘Guyana on path of resource curse’ — Khemraj Ramjattan- AFC

…  Ramjattan says Budget 2022 destroying non-oil sectors

… Warns against creeping return of corruption

Khemraj Ramjattan

By Gary Eleazar – Kaieteur News – February 2, 2022

Budget 2022 is reflective of a country that is already heading down the path of the resource curse or the Dutch Disease, as is evidenced by the figures presented, confirming a heavy reliance on oil funds while at the same time the non-oil economy shrinks.
This was the conclusion of Alliance for Change (AFC) Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, yesterday, as he made his contribution to the Budget Debates.

Ramjattan – a veteran parliamentarian—in a more toned down presentation, sought to caution against the destruction of Guyana’s non-oil economy since the hydrocarbons being discovered are a finite resource that would be exhausted in a matter of decades.       . Continue reading

GUYANA: Govt. looking for investor to help revive contentious Amaila Falls Hydro project

Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

Jul 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – The Office of the Prime Minister has published a request for proposals for the Amaila Falls hydro project on Friday, as the government looks to revive the project which has not gotten off the ground for more than a decade since it was first proposed, due to issues of feasibility and a lack of transparency.

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) had intended years ago, to have the China Railways First Group (CRFG) develop the project, with money coming from Norway, China and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). But a Norwegian ethics council had raised questions about the involvement of the Chinese company in a significant corruption case.        Continue reading

Guyana Gov’t fires State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) staff – Operations closed

All 42 members of staff have been fired.

Kaieteur News – Contending that from the inception the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) was not crafted with the best interest of the people in mind, Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, announced yesterday that a decision has been taken to close the operations of SARA.

In a statement released via his social media page, the AG noted that letters were dispatched yesterday terminating the employment of the staff of the agency.
Nandlall, in the release, noted that the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has always been heavily critical of the law governing SARA as well as the operations of the purported State agency.    Continue reading

GUYANA: OIL: “Wishful thinking” that Payara could be leveraged to renegotiate Stabroek deal – Jagdeo

VP Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo

Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that it is wishful thinking to assume that the Payara development permit could have been leveraged to demand a better Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) from ExxonMobil.

The politician delivered his latest rebuke of calls to get a better deal during a press conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. The 2016 deal signed for Exxon’s operations in the Stabroek Block by former Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has been widely condemned for a string of poor provisions, including a paltry two percent royalty share. The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), which took office in August, has criticised, but refuses to renegotiate, the deal.      Continue reading

COVID-19: Surge seen because PPP abandoned Coalition’s “strategic plan” – Granger

  • COVID-19: 46 deaths. August was the deadliest month with 21.

Former Pres. David Granger

Guyana Sugar: Reopening sugar estates would be throwing money away – Dominic Gaskin

Dominic Gaskin

President Irfaan Ali recently announced that the new People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration has begun the process of reopening three of the four sugar estates that were shut down by the previous APNU+AFC coalition government.

Such a move would require a proper plan or else it would be an utter waste of taxpayers funds. That was the opinion shared by former Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin.

“If you reopen them without any sort of plan, that would be madness. It would be just throwing taxpayers money down the drain and putting at risk our future oil revenues,” he told Kaieteur News, during an exclusive interview.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: The PPP/C has released their list of 33 MPs for the new Parliament

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The PPP/C today released their list of 33 MPs for the new Parliament.

A statement from the PPP/C follows:

The People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) on August 19, 2020 submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) names of candidates, extracted from its List of Candidates, to be Members of the National Assembly, as well as its lists of names of candidates extracted to be members of the ten (10) Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs).

The thirty -three (33) Members of Parliament include twelve (12) from the Geographic List and twenty-one (21) from the National Top Up List.    Continue reading

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