Best known until now as home to the Essequibo Boys School (renamed the New Opportunity Corps), a corrective institution for young offenders, Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast will shortly become the locale for a facility that is likely to be much more pleasing to its guests .
[caption id="attachment_302600" align="alignleft" width="373"] Shopping for books and other school supplies at Giftland OfficeMax earlier this week[/caption]A year ago, a Ministry of Education official had told this newspaper that it would be “another story” when the full reality of published texts becomes apparent .
It has been almost two years since a delegation from Trinidad and Tobago headed by that country’s Food Production Minister Devant Maraj came to Guyana and held talks with local officials including Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy about an arrangement that would have seen large tracts of local lands being leased by Trinidad and Tobago farmers for the creation of mega farms, the produce from which was to have been shipped directly to the twin-island Republic .
It would appear that the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is not ready to give up on the idea of having small businesses become members of the Chamber even though, knowing what we do about the way in which the Chamber has been traditionally organised and the manner in which those businesses that we call small businesses are organised, the Chamber is embracing quite a challenge .
This small craft is performing a service to residents of the Pomeroon River that belies its size and appearance .
The twenty or so farmers who had assembled in a storage bond at Land of Plenty belonging to rice miller Ramesh Ramotar had done so at the invitation of the miller .
Aadil Baksh belongs to the third generation of the family that migrated from the Essequibo island of Wakenaam more than sixty years ago to Plantation Affiance where, today, the business complex known as Imam Bacchus and Sons extends over 300 acres of what used to be a sugar estate .
The handful of fishermen who had congregated on the Number 44 wharf on Tuesday were sitting under a shed sheltering from a brisk drizzle .
With the beginning of the new school year now just over a week away, the Stabroek Business this week took its customary ‘test’ of the commercial temperature in downtown Georgetown as parents continue to ‘cough up’ the millions of dollars that it will take to get their children back into the classroom .
It would have been a complete waste of effort and resources unless the organizers of The Guyana Festival pursue an evaluation of the event with a view to determining the extent to which its outcomes were consistent with the goals that it set itself in the first place .
Now Mail Packaging and Postal Service celebrated its second anniversary in March .
The state of health of municipal markets is often a useful barometer of the economic outlook in the community in which that market is located .
There are some countries in the Caribbean that have responded seriously to the warning signs that have been sent by the United States about ensuring that the foods that it consumes – whether locally produced or imported – meet certain minimum standards .
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Failure to implement promised sector concessions may have helped trigger the current dramatic fall in gold production, Stabroek Business has been reliably informed .
Stabroek Business has learnt that the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) could be seeking the passage of legislation designed to make membership of the Chamber compulsory for business houses that qualify .
This newspaper has paid a particular interest in the Micro and Small Enterprise Development (MSED) Project under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) as a mechanism for supporting the growth and development of the small business sector and moreso since the project was launched by President Donald Ramotar in October last year .
Up until a few weeks ago when the Stabroek Business covered a meeting of the Guyana Association of Home Econo-mists (GAHE) relatively few people outside the professional circle knew about the existence of the organization and fewer still were aware of the fact that in April 2015 GAHE will be hosting a forum of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists .
By Analyst When the Tourism Ministry and the Guyana Tourism Authority sit down to assess the outcomes of the August 8-10 Guyana Festival they will be able to make a sound judgment only if those outcomes are measured against the aspirations which had been articulated in the first place .
Consolidation of traditional markets in the hemisphere and in Europe and the realization of new ones have meant that Guyana will boost its rice exports this year by more than 50,000 tonnes over 2013, General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board, Jagnarine Singh has told the Stabroek Business .
With the local mining sector now gearing itself to host major overseas investors, the Guyana Geology and Mines Com-mission (GGMC) says that it is working to provide an enabling environment aimed at maximizing the efficiency of the mining sector .
It is quite possible that the failure of individual enterprises and support organizations in the art and craft sector to respond positively to the invitation from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to become members of that organization was a serious error which the sector will come to regret .
This weekend, Gordon Lashley and his wife Carol are taking their cane juice mill and their entrepreneurial optimism to the Providence Stadium where they hope that the first ever staging of the Guyana Festival might provide some measure of breakthrough for a beverage which, as much as any other, can be considered ‘local drink’ .
[caption id="attachment_300079" align="alignright" width="309"] Anetha Daniels[/caption]Anetha Daniels says that she has good reason to be pleased with her trip to Guyana this time around .
The differently-able students attending the David Rose School for Handicapped Children are challenging themselves to be part of a pursuit which, under different circumstances, you might not expect them to undertake .
Nothing would please this newspaper more than an outcome to this weekend’s Guyana Festival that realizes all of the ambitions of the organizers including those that have to do with showcasing and hopefully finding markets for indigenous food and craft products and having large numbers of Guyanese and visitors to the country enjoy a taste of what the tourism sector has to offer and, better yet, come back next year .
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A week away from the experimental first ever Guyana Festival, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) appears to be brimming with confidence that the event will be a considerable success .
The recently established Guyana Geology and Mines Commission Mining School is seeking to raise levels of environmental sensitization across the local mining community by including environmental training as one of the core areas on its curriculum, the School’s Coordinator John Applewhite-Hercules has told Stabroek Business .
Everything that we have heard about next weekend’s Guyana Festival so far suggests that its primary focus is on trying to create an event that will serve as a kind of seasonal benchmark for visitor arrivals .
Caribbean territories have always utilised their creative industries as vehicles through which to market themselves .