Staving off illegal imported foods, drugs, priorities for GAFDD in 2018

Department aiming to scale back food, drugs waivers

The GAFDD frowns upon the seemingly same product labelled in different languages. Sone consumers don’t seem to mind

Protecting local consumers from the threats posed by the infiltration of imported foods and drugs which could do great harm to the nation as a whole remains one of the highest priorities of the Government Analyst Food & Drugs Department (GAFDD), and at a time when there are strong elements of criminality in the manufacture and trade in foods and drugs the Department is deserving of the full support of government, the business community and the country as a whole, GAFDD Director Marlan Cole has told the Stabroek Business. 

“Our work isn’t always smooth sailing. There is never a shortage of people needing a favour. I’d be lying if I tell you that there is not sometimes pressure applied for favours. People try to drop names sometimes.”

 Embattled by a shortage of trained staff and a scarcity of equipment Cole told Stabroek Business that one of the real challenges reposes in having to “cover a great deal of ground without the people to do it with.” Over time, the monitoring of foods and drugs entering the country had become compromised by difficulties associated with securing the cooperation he needed from the Customs Department. That relationship is better now, but conditions are still not what they ought to be.  ….


Brazil Trade and Investment visit shifted to mid-February

A scheduled visit here by a Brazilian trade and investment delegation originally due to take place this month as a follow-up to one to Brazil by a team of Guyanese state officials last May has been postponed until mid-February, Stabroek Business has been informed.

Delay in getting Cubans home regrettable but bigger picture encouraging – Gouveia

Roraima Airways Chief Executive Officer Captain Gerry Gouveia says that the “legitimate concern” over the recent delay in returning home experienced by a number of Cubans on account of mechanical defects to the Air Aruba aircraft should not be allowed to overshadow the significance of the service to promoting “friendships and business ties” between Cuba and Guyana.   

IDB supporting initiative for Secured Transaction Regime in Guyana

Work towards the creation of a Secured Transaction Regime in Guyana is being accelerated through a collaborative arrangement between the Government of Guyana and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Lewis raps Trotman over letter praising relationship between Russian bauxite managers, workers

A letter written to the Managing Director of the majority Russian-owned    Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc.

Nearly $270m in loans facilitated by Small Business Bureau last year, 51% of target

Information released by the Small Business Bureau (SBB) last week indicates that during last year the agency facilitated a total of fifty loans to clients   valued at $269.7 million and up to November 30, 49 of those loans valued at $221.8 million were disbursed.

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