Ramotar, Granger meeting on reconstitution of service commissions -OP

The meeting scheduled   for tomorrow between President Donald Ramotar and Opposition Leader David Granger is the constitutionally mandated consultation for the reconstitution of the Service Commissions, Office of the President (OP) said yesterday.

The statement seemed to suggest that the current stalemate over the anti-money laundering bill would not feature prominently at the meeting as was anticipated with its disclosure.

Last Thursday, Presi-dent Donald Ramotar called on the opposition to “unconditionally” pass   the stalled Anti-Money Laundering Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Amendment) Bill, in wake of the call by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) to countries in the region to increase countermeasures against Guyana over the failure to update the legislation.

Guyana has also been referred to the international body, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which is slated to hold its next Plenary in Paris, France from June 23 – 27.

At a press conference on Friday, Granger said the anti-laundering bill may be up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

 

When asked if APNU, in the light of Guyana being failed by CFATF, is willing to compromise to any degree on its position, which includes a call for the enactment of legislation passed by the National Assembly, Granger said that the coalition is willing to examine whatever stumbling blocks stand in the way of getting the legislation passed.

 

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