Help & Shelter does provide shelter and care to trafficking victims

Dear Editor, We have seen the Guyana country narrative report in the  US Department of State’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, which places Guyana yet again on the Tier 2 Watch List, and which has as one of the recommendations to Guyana: “ensure trafficking-specific shelter and care is offered to identified victims of trafficking.” The Minister of Human Services & Social Security, Ms Priya Manickchand, has also drawn to our attention the following statements in the ‘Tier 2 Watch List Acton Guide for Guyana’ in the TIP Report Assessment provided to the government consequent upon the issue of the above mentioned report: “The main shelter in [incorrect location] focuses on domestic violence and reported it did not assist any trafficking victims; it is unclear whether this is an appropriate service provider for trafficking victims.” These statements apparently form the basis of the report’s finding that Guyana has failed to ensure that trafficking-specific shelter and care is offered to victims of trafficking, yet the first leaves room for misconception and the second is simply an unverified expression of doubt.

EDWC contracts following the 2005 flooding were not awarded to BK International

Dear Editor, The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) takes cognizance of a Kaieteur News article titled ‘Gov’t contracts… Measures mulled to sanction consultants, engineers – performance bonds not ruled out,’ dated Thursday, June 17, 2010 which mentions contracts that were awarded to BK International to strengthen the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) following the 2005 floods on the coast.