Finance Minister heads to Venezuela for PetroCaribe talks

THE rice industry has come under sharp focus in recent weeks since the new Government disclosed it would have to find some US$15M to pay rice farmers as the monies accrued for that payment under the PetroCaribe initiative had been diverted to other projects by the previous PPP/C Administration.In the meantime, the new Government has signalled its intention to accept the resignations of a number of senior Government functionaries, including Jagnarine Singh of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). The announcement was made by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon who, during his post-cabinet press briefing this past week, announced a major restructuring of the rice development board.

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Constitution Amendment, AML/CFT Bills read before National Assembly

ATTORNEY-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams yesterday read the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2015, and the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2015 for the first time in the National Assembly. The introduction of these Bills in the House signals the resolve of the Coalition Government to fulfilling those commitments in the 100-day plan of its Manifesto.
Contrary to popular belief that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is needed to advance the Government’s Constitution (Amendment) Bill in the National Assembly, Williams is confident that that is not necessary.
In an interview with this publication, he said, “We don’t require [a] two-thirds majority to amend the particular provision that is under the microscope.”
The provision at reference seeks to liberate constitutional agencies such as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the Service Commissions, thereby allowing them to function independently of the National Assembly, particularly in terms of financing.

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Trotman warns Venezuela against underestimating Guyana –‘We will defend, enjoy what is ours’

IN the National Assembly yesterday, Governance Minister Raphael Trotman told the National Assembly that Guyana will continue to guard its resources jealously against the “rapacious advancement of our neighbours to [the] west.”Trotman, who was tasked with responsibility for the country’s natural resources, addressed the assembly on the recent oil find by United States oil giant, Exxon Mobil. “It is no secret, Mr. Speaker, that oil has been discovered and in fact, it is no secret that the discovery is not an insignificant amount.
“It is believed,” he continued, “that being in the basin known as the Guiana Basin, and given what corresponds off the coast of West Africa, where at one time the two continents were aligned or joined to each other, that the patterns in West Africa were mirrored in the Guiana Basin.”
The minister’s comments came as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was slated to address the National Assembly of Venezuela yesterday on the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy.Telesur, a news agency out of Venezuela, reported that Maduro will instead address Venezuela’s Assembly today, Friday, June 26, 2015.

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CANADA-GUYANA OUTREACH MISSION PROVIDES MEDICAL SERVICES AND SUPPLIES TO GUYANESE IN CHARITY AND MAHAICONY The Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission Team consisting of eighteen (18) medical care professionals visited Guyana during the period September 05-14, 2014 and was at the Oscar Joseph District and the Mahaicony Cottage Hospitals providing medical services and supplies to patients in the Charity and Mahaicony areas and its surrounding environs. Through this medical… Read more...