New Small Business Bureau CEO hired

Cabinet, at its most recent meeting, approved the appointment of Lovell Porter as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Small Business Bureau (SBB), effective June 1, 2017, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said yesterday.

Porter holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He was picked from a list of 28 applicants of whom seventeen were interviewed and four shortlisted.

The mandate of the SBB includes monitoring the implementation of the Small Business Act of 2004 and improving access to finance for micro and small enterprise.

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Cash-strapped GuySuCo to sell land to CH&PA

Facing a cash crunch, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will be selling land to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced yesterday, while noting that the corporation has sought a bailout to the tune of $2 billion.

Children to be given priority in post-hurricane evacuation efforts

Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix yesterday announced that priority will be given to children in evacuation efforts organized by the Guyana Government to assist Guyanese who remain on hurricane-affected islands, as there remains the risk of an epidemic in some cases.

Four years’ jail for woman nabbed with cocaine at CJIA

A 59-year-old woman was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison and fined $6.5 million after she pleaded guilty to the possession of five pounds of cocaine, which she was trying to sneak on board a flight to New York.

Constitutional compliance needed, not reform – Nandlall

At present the need for constitutional compliance trumps the need for constitutional reform in Guyana.

Cabinet okays proposal to regularise school sweepers, cleaners

Cabinet has approved a recommendation from Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally for the regularisation of the employment of sweepers/cleaners, particularly those attached to public schools, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday.

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