Gov’t defends specialty hospital pact

- as Jagdeo alleges ‘massive corruption’ in selection of Indian firm

Employees of Fedders Lloyd during a preliminary evaluation at the site last Friday.

The Ministry of Finance last evening defended its selection of Indian firm Fedders Lloyd to undertake a review to restart construction of the specialty hospital, even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo charged that the move was a “massive act of corruption.” Government and Fedders Lloyd last Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see work resuming on the construction of the hospital, at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, using the remainder of a US$18 million line of credit that had been granted by the government of India for the project.

Guyana expects ‘strong’ CHOGM support on border controversy

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is set to make a “strong declaration” in support of Guyana’s position in its border controversy with Venezuela, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said in a statement yesterday, quoting outgoing Secretary-General Dr Kamalesh Sharma as saying, “Guyana is at the heart of the Commonwealth.” The CHOGM, which is being held in Malta, ends today and a communique will be issued on resolutions taken at the meeting.

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