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Stop attacking citizens who identify corruption – Business chief tells Govt.

Stop attacking citizens who identify corruption – Business chief tells Govt.

December 5, 2014 | By KNews | By Kiana Wilburg

PSC Chairman, Ramesh Persaud

PSC Chairman, Ramesh Persaud

While Guyana showed marginal improvement in its corruption perception score in an international report, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud says that he is concerned that the perceived level of corruption is too high.

On this premise, he called on the government to “stop the attacks, character assassination and vilification of citizens who have identified corruption as a serious problem that needs urgent and radical state intervention to stem its disastrous consequences for economic development”.
The 2014 Annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was released on Wednesday and out of the 175 countries surveyed by the body, Guyana ranked 124th, with a score of 30 (0 being highly corrupt;100 being very clean.) Continue reading

Does the govt really want to pass the anti-money laundering Bill?

Does the govt really want to pass the anti-money laundering Bill?


Parliament Buildings – Guyana

The gathering outside the National Assembly yesterday afternoon (Feb 10)  is symbolic of the state of the local politics. Two years ago when the parliamentary opposition voted to slash the budget for National Communications Network and the Government Information Agency the staff of these entities mounted protests along Brickdam along the route leading to the National Assembly. From the placards one would have expected that these people were all about to lose their jobs.

That was only the beginning. The government then expanded on the protest; it took its campaign to the airwaves via radio and television. By the time that campaign ended many had expected to see GINA and NCN being shut down. It was a case of overkill.  Two years later, GINA and NCN have not ceased operation. In fact for two years they operated on a single Guyana dollar, each. No staff member lost his or her job and pretty soon staff from those two entities had been reduced to objects of ridicule. People accused them of grandstanding and of exaggerating a situation.

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Opposition defeats amendments to anti-money laundering bill

Opposition defeats amendments to anti-money laundering bill

Opposition defeats amendments to anti-money laundering bill

Nov 7, 2013 – (Demerara Waves) – Guyana’s opposition-controlled National Assembly Thursday night voted down the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) bill, placing the country on the path to international sanctions.

“Guyana is now in jeopardy of being labeled a high risk country for international financial transactions, the ramifications of which have already begun to see delays in banking and money transfer transactions. These financial delays will result in increased commodity pricing and higher transaction fees to all Guyanese,” said Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh moments after the defeat.   Continue reading

Guyana needs Constitutional reform and new elections – Ralph Ramkarran

Only fresh elections will break current political impasse – former Speaker

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 | BY  |

The only way to break the current political stalemate in Guyana is through Constitutional reform and new elections.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran

This is the view held by Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, who in his most recent writings for his blog conversationtree.gy, said that instead of seeking the kind of unity that would have ensured political stability and development after the 2011 elections, the PPP/C opted for a minority government.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran (right)

According to Ramkarran, there is nothing wrong in principal with such a decision, once the Opposition permits such a situation on the basis of some form of agreement about major policy directions.    Continue reading

AFC calls for mass street protests against corruption…

AFC calls for mass street protests


AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes

Call made by  the AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, at a public meeting at the corner of William & Alexander Streets, Kitty on Friday July 12, 2013.

The Alliance For Change (AFC) is calling for mass street protests to oust the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration from power.

AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes punctuated his entire speech at a public meeting in Kitty, Georgetown with appeals for agitation against ills such as corruption and bad governance.    Continue reading

AFC sending accounting, auditing experts to Public Procurement Commission

AFC sending accounting, auditing experts to Public Procurement Commission

May 30, 2012 (Demerara Waves)

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday announced that it would be nominating two experts in accountancy and auditing to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) of the National Assembly.

They are Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law, Christopher Ram and Former Guyana Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran.

Making the announcement, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan said he was not worried that government would knock the PPC work in light of the presence of two known harsh government critics.    [ more ]

Budget cuts could be reversed – Granger

Budget cuts could be reversed – Granger

April 26, 2010  –  Demerara Waves

Leader of the Opposition David Granger says the cuts the opposition parties have made in the budget could be reversed later if the government accedes to the demands they see as necessary to ensure a better life for Guyanese.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday evening Granger said that the parliamentary process currently underway is not the end of the road.

“We will continue to work for our supporters because we will use the leverage we have gained this evening to go back to the government and continue talks until we get what we want. We haven’t closed the door.   Continue reading

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