First ever regional small business trade fair to be staged in Trinidad next month

Small business enterprises in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) territories will be offered an important opportunity to take their goods and services to a single regional marketplace when the first ever Caribbean Small Business Trade Fair and Exhibition is held in the twin-island republic from November 10- 17, this year.

Stock market update

Notes 1 – Interim results 2 – Prospective EPS: earnings per share for 12 months period to the date the latest financials have been prepared.

Business Editorial

For all the various challenges that confront Banks DIH Ltd the company continues to exude an aura of confidence and optimism that ought to serve as a source of encouragement to local entrepreneurs in a society where doing business can be fraught with difficulties.

Customer Service

With Cricket World Cup coming in a few months, our businesses customer service will be tested for the first time by the international community on a large scale.

Banks Barbados, Banks DIH Ltd collaborate to launch new energy drink

Banks Barbados Head Brewer Steven Gittens has told Stabroek Business that his technical role in supporting the brewing exercise prior to last Friday’s launch by the local company of the new energy drink Plus Energy breaks new ground in a long history of cooperation between the two companies.

Linden Town Week to go ahead! Returning Lindeners could spend US$1m …Linden Fund, USA Chairman

In the wake of the ongoing controversy governing the staging of the Linden Town Week 2007 Stabroek Business has learnt that the Interim Management Com-mittee of the Linden Mayor and Town Council will assume overall management responsibility for the running of the Town Week programme but that various private organizations will be invited to submit bids to finance and run individual events comprising the programme.

VAT: Lowering consumer costs is the highest priority

Although the government had said prior to the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) that the initial phase of the exercise was unlikely to pass without some hiccups, one wonders whether even the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) had anticipated the widespread and animated public response and the level of general concern that has ensued.

Bryden & Fernandes Inc. looking to ‘take on’ more distributorships in 2007

Like most local business houses contemplating the implications of the January 1, 2007 introduction of the new Value Added and Excise Tax, Bryden and Fernandes Inc, one of the country’s largest distributors of household and food products is cautious about its business projections for the year ahead.

Pre-World Cup city cleanup: “We’re cutting it fine,” Lewis

With Cricket World Cup 2007 now just two months away the financial crisis gripping the Georgetown City Council continues to cast a huge pall of uncertainty over the likely success of what is clearly a “last ditch” effort to at least render the capital presentable for the Guyana leg of the world’s largest international cricket tournament.

Stock market updates

Notes 1 – Interim results 2 – Prospective EPS: earnings per share for 12 months period to the date the latest financials have been prepared.

VAT fallout

Earlier this week the Guyana Revenue Authority and sections of the local private sector- specifically the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce- clashed head-on over the implementation of the new Value Added Tax (VAT) with both sides trading accusations about the veracity of each other’s actions.

Banks DIH group profits for 2006 down from $823m to $781m

Chairman of Banks DIH Ltd Clifford Reis says in his report on the performance of the company for the year ended September 30, 2006 that the failure of the Government of Guyana to honour its obligations for the repayment of bonds to Citizens Bank Guyana Inc was the primary reason for the less than anticipated level of after tax profit achieved by the bank in 2006.

Town Week impasse could rob Linden of much-needed economic activity

The controversy between the Interim Management Com-mittee of the Linden Mayor and Town Council and the Kashif and Shanghai Organization over the payment to the Council of fees for the staging of the 2007 Linden Town Week may rob the entire community of the economic benefits that could derive from the successful staging of the event, according to Director of the Kashif and Shanghai Organization Kashif Mohammed.

German US$10,000 grant to push local bee keeping industry

The third phase of a project initiated by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds that seeks to create a commercial honey-producing capacity among residents of the Upper Mazaruni has been completed according to Project Coordinator Linden Stewart.

ICTs in Government Pt. II

Last time we saw that Government initiatives to automate and streamline its services fell into three classifications viz., those initiatives aimed at ordinary citizens or for short G2C initiatives, those that addressed issues related to business called G2B and lastly those referred to as G2G, which foster communication and between government agencies themselves in an effort to improve efficiency and provide better service.

Where is your Business?

Basically, every organization, from a one person start-up to multibillion dollar conglomerates, is at some phase of a business growth or development cycle.

Non-traditional agri exports up slightly

Exports of non-traditional agricultural produce increased last year over the previous year by 165 tonnes contributing US$6 million ($1.2 billion) to the country’s export earnings.

Stock market updates

Notes 1 – Interim results 2 – Prospective EPS: earnings per share for 12 months period to the date the latest financials have been prepared.

Reversal of IAMGOLD bauxite sale to Bosai unlikely – source

A former senior official in the local bauxite industry has told Stabroek Business that it is unlikely that the Government of Guyana can do a great deal to reverse the recent sale by IAMGGOLD of its 70 per cent stake in the bauxite operations at Linden to the Chinese mining giant Bosai.

Stock market updates

Notes 1 – Interim results 2 – Prospective EPS: earnings per share for 12 months period to the date the latest financials have been prepared.

Legal arguments submitted in Guymine bond case in Commercial Court

Lawyers for the plaintiff, Citizens Bank Inc, and the Defendant, the Attorney General representing the State of Guyana, have lodged written submissions with Justice Roy in the Commercial Court in the case that involves US $21.4 million worth of bonds issued by the Government of Guyana to the creditors of Guymine when that state-owned company was restructured in 1992.

NIS reform programme seeks to use customer service technology

The enhancement of employee capacity and improvement of information technology associated with upgrading the customer care and service delivery capacity of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has been identified as one of its major priorities under a reform project aimed at overhauling critical aspects of its operations.

First few days of VAT implementation marked by controversies

The new Value Added Tax (VAT) which came into effect from January 1 this year appeared to have gotten off to a less than auspicious start with trading in the city being marked by a number of VAT-related controversies between businessmen and consumers.

Commercial Court

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc is continuing its campaign to bring defaulters on electricity payments to justice and recently won judgement in three cases brought before Commercial Court Judge BS Roy.

Turning up the heat on NIS offenders

This newspaper has published several articles on the delinquency of employers in the matter of remitting employee National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions.