High-level IDB mission visits

-VP urges continued transparency initiatives amidst lingering corruption perception

An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) mission, headed by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julie Katzman, concluded a two-day visit to Guyana yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance last evening, Katzman was accompanied by Vice President of Countries Alexandre Meira da Rosa and other IDB officials on the visit.

Finance Minister Winston Jordan and IDB Executive VP Julie Katzman (Ministry of Finance photo)

The ministry said Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, who on Thursday evening hosted a cocktail reception in honour of Katzman, was “keen to point out to the delegation that new and more innovative solutions must be found to ensure the success of the portfolio. He underscored the challenges of weakened planning structures, poor implementation skills, the paucity in human resources, and the pressing need for international contractors to execute infrastructural works since qualified local contractors are in short supply and as a result Guyana is unable to build its capital stock.”

For her part, the statement said “Katzman acknowledged the challenges, but pointed to the lingering perception of corruption and its impact on the country’s Ease of doing Business Index. Guyana moved up 16 places to 124 in 2017 Index.

She however committed to exploring solutions that are more unique to Guyana and called on Government to continue to improve and implement its transparency and accountability initiatives.”

The visit saw the IDB delegation undertake site visits to Guyana’s first overhead bypass, the Audit Office, Annai and the University of Guyana.

 

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