Public Private Partnerships

Introduction Last week, we discussed the Privatisation Policy Framework Paper that was prepared in 1993 to guide the privatization that the Government had embarked on in 1988 as part of the Economic Recovery Programme entered into with International Monetary Fund.

Procurement Planning in Government

Last week, we discussed Guyana’s Budget Transparency Action Plan (BTAP) that the Government had developed in 2015 with the objective of improving the budget process and more generally of enhancing transparency and accountability.

Guyana’s Budget Transparency Action Plan

In our article of 9 April 2018, we had urged the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) “to continue its efforts to bring its examination of the public accounts up-to-date and to impress upon the Administration the importance of having all the actions contained in the BTAP (Budget Transparency Action Plan) undertaken with expedition, especially as they relate to the accountability timeframe”.

Code of Corporate Governance

The good news is that the authorities have decided to place into the Consolidated Fund the signature bonus of US$18 million that it received from ExxonMobil, and whenever the funds are needed parliamentary approval will be sought, presumably via a Supplementary Estimate.

Corporate Governance Revisited

17 Basic Principles of Corporate Governance Leadership, ethics and corporate citizenship 1. The governing body should lead ethically and effectively.

Displaying quiet competence

Before proceeding with today’s article, we refer to the Government’s announcement that nine companies are interested in the allocation of the remaining oil blocks and that it is exploring options for both direct engagement and selective bidding.

The ExxonMobil advertisement

The authorities have decided to remove the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) from the portfolio of entities under the Ministry of Agriculture and place it under the Ministry of Finance via the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Ltd.

The Petroleum Commission Bill 2017

The legitimate authority for the collection of all State revenues is the GRA, and no Minister or official should have the discretion to decide what amount of such revenue should be transferred to the Consolidated Fund.

Environmental auditing

  Audit is not an end in itself, but an indispensable part of a regulatory system whose aim is to reveal deviations from accepted standards and violations of the principles of legality, efficiency, effectiveness and economy of financial management early enough to make it possible to take corrective action in individual cases, to make those accountable accept responsibility, to obtain compensation, or to take steps to prevent or at least render more difficult, such breaches.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

(Part III) Climate change is no longer an issue of the future. It is here and is staring at us as we witnessed the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey that descended upon Houston, Texas, causing damage estimated at US$90 billion and a death toll of at least 70.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Part II)

This column has been hesitant to comment on the recent visit to the Houston headquarters of ExxonMobil by five Ministers of the Government, the Petroleum Advisor to the President and two staff members of the Ministry of Natural Resources, until the fact are known as to the purpose for the trip and the source of funding.

Global efforts to combat climate change (Part II)

(Trump’s departure) doesn’t change the bigger picture: the moral, political, and economic incentives all seem to be aligning in favor of staying with the Paris agreement… It would be a morally criminal act for the world not to do its part.