Upset by criticism of Guyana Forestry Commission

Dear Editor,
As an employee of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), I must express my disgust at the public attacks of Ms Janette Bulkan on the GFC.
Even as a junior employee of the commission, I have been given the relevant training which enables me to easily calculate basic forest management principles such as the annual allowable area (AAA) and annual allowable cut (AAC).  Yet after the GFC published a detailed response outlining all of the calculations Ms Bulkan then defended herself by putting forward more illogical arguments.

On the recent attempt (January 20) to ‘bad mouth’ the GFC and the Minister, she again did not correctly address the issues. The Minister and Commissioner simply said that Barama was generally complying with the GFC guidelines. The Minister and Commissioner have said over and over publicly, that while GFC would support any company going for FSC certification, it was really no concern of the GFC whether Barama was complying with FSC standards. The National Standards are the GFC guidelines; the FSC standards are not the National Standards and therefore GFC will not monitor for compliance with FSC standards.

In her letter she repeated for the umpteenth time, incorrect information about the prices that Barama gets for exporting logs from Guyana. Yet the GFC has time and time again pointed her to the real market prices as published by the International Tropical Timber Organization, which match those declared by Barama. Is Ms Bulkan now stating that she is more knowledgeable than the ITTO?
Yours faithfully,
Ajai Persaud
Forest Officer


Lowe’s conclusion on case before CCJ was spurious

Dear Editor, In reaction to Mr Sherwood Lowe’s letter  captioned ‘Mendez has shifterd the CCJ gaze from Article 1 to Article 9 of the Constitution’ appearing in the Stabroek News of the 20th March, 2018, I would wish to submit that in my respectful recall the learned counsel for the Respondent in Richardson v Attorney General and Trotman asseverated that, in the absence of a credible definition of the terms “democratic” and “sovereignty” in Articles 1 and 9 of the Guyana Constitution, the court was required to construe these terms.

A stint in Parliament does not prepare anyone for proper management of a government ministry

Dear Editor, Our system of government is supposed to be the Westminster system, but it is not in use in Guyana today.

This society needs to embrace more liberated and progressive thinking

Dear Editor, Milton Bruce’s letter ‘The Editor-in-Chief makes all the decisions’ (SN, March 20) refers.

Realistic solutions not rhetoric are needed to bring relief to the sugar workers

Dear Editor, Regional Executive Officer of Region Six, Ms Kim Stephens, is reported in the March 19, 2018 Stabroek News, during her remarks at the ceremony to honour the Rose Hall Martyrs on March 13, 2018, “that that severed sugar workers are ‘timid and afraid’ of diversification”.

Government did not provide $68M in the national budget for the IDPAD conference

Dear Editor, It would be remiss of me not to address the Guyana Times article of March 9, 2018: ‘Govt yet to receive report on $68M IDPAD conference’, since it is either a malicious article or one in which the author is wallowing in ignorance.


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