Western Scientific and its Principal were debarred by IDB for fraudulent practices

Dear Editor, 

I noticed a prominently displayed advert on page 2 of the Sunday Stabroek dated April 8, 2018 with the headline `Western Scientific Sponsors Final Year UG Students’ Optometry Project’. In this announcement, Mr. Edwin Mackoon, President of Western Scientific,  was quoted as saying that “We are 100% committed to Guyana and believe in Guyana’s very bright future…”

I write to remind the public that both Western Scientific and its Principal, Mr. Edwin Mackoon, were debarred by the Inter-American Development Bank for the period March 31, 2016 to October 15, 2020 for fraudulent practices (see https:// www.iadb.org/en/topics/transparency/integrity-at-the-idb-group/sanctioned-firms-and-individuals%2 C1293.html). Further, this sanction automatically means cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions.

The Government and People of Guyana should steer very clear of this company.

Yours faithfully,

Samuel Anthony

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