Two weeks ago, we carried out first article on the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service.
Every system of public accountability should embrace the following: (a) every act or action is done openly according to law and prudent judgment; (b) every actor is responsible for his or her action; (c) every act is documented and reported publicly; (d) every act or action is subject to independent, professional, non-partisan audit review and public reporting of the results; and (d) where the review shows that purposeful error has been made, prompt corrective action, including punishment where appropriate, is taken.
Last week, we discussed the salary increases for public servants which we felt did not appear unreasonable, considering that public servants had received a 10% across-the-board increase with effect from 1 July 2015.
On 3 September 2012, we had carried an article entitled “State employees and the Public Service Commission” in which we bemoaned the fact that the then Administration was operating with two types of public service: the traditional public service; and a parallel service comprising hand-picked persons recruited on a contractual basis at emoluments and conditions of service superior to those of the tradition service.
Corporate governance broadly refers to the mechanisms, relations, and processes by which an organisation is controlled and directed.
I have no other interest, save and except my humble attempts to make a contribution towards protecting the interest of the State, and safeguarding public assets and resources.
I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.
Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder, Whereto the climber upward turns his face. But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend.
There must be no compromise on integrity, no allowance for arrogance, no room for violation of mutual respect; there will be no sacrifice of our values on the altar of political expediency.
In several of our articles in this Column, we highlighted the need to have adequate systems and procedures as well as the highest possible degree of efficiency and effectiveness in public procurement.
Last week, we discussed Financial Papers 1 and 2 of 2016 which the National Assembly recently approved before going into its customary two months’ recess.
Over the last four years, this column has been scrutinizing the various financial papers that have been submitted to the National Assembly for approval.
It is easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.
Corporate governance broadly refers to the mechanisms, relations, and processes by which a company is controlled and directed.
Three important appointments were recently announced, namely the Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and members of the three-person Bid Protest Committee.
In the final analysis, the ultimate test is the extent to which we are able to translate all the legislative requirements into real action.
Access to information on government programmes and activities is a fundamental right of all citizens.
Last week, we ended our final article on public financial management in the post-Independence.
This is the fifth and final in a series of articles on the above aimed at highlighting the extent of our achievements in the post-Independence period.
This is the fourth in a series of articles on public financial management in Guyana’s post-Independence period.
So far, we have carried two articles on the above subject. The first article looks at the period 1966 to 1992 where there was a progressive deterioration in public financial management so much so that public accountability was brought to a standstill in 1981.
Last week, we began a discussion of our achievements on the public financial management front since we attained independence from Britain in 1966.
Last Thursday marked 50 years since Guyana attained its Independence from Britain. It is only fitting that we reflect on our achievements over this period of time, our collective failures (if any) and the challenges that lay ahead of us as we begin our journey into the second half century of post-Independence.
Baishanlin International Forest Development Inc. is again in the news. This time it is challenging the decision of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to seize two Lexus motor vehicles because of the company’s failure to pay the requisite taxes on the importation of these vehicles.
This column had carried several articles on Guyana’s efforts to address the issue of anti-money laundering and the prevention of the financing of terrorism.
Last week’s article completes our discussion on the conservation and management of our forest resources and the procedures in place for the protection of our environment.
Three matters that made the news in recent days deserve brief commentaries. The first was the statement by President Granger on the granting of radio and cable licences by former President Jagdeo within days of demitting office to a selected few with family and/or political connections, to the exclusion of established media entities that had applied for such licences.
President Granger’s announcement that two million hectares of Guyana’s forest will be placed under conservation as Guyana’s contribution to combatting climate change and global warming, is a most welcome development.
A clean confession, combined with a promise never to commit the sin again, when offered before one who has a right to receive it, is the purest form of repentance.
Guyana has a total area of 21 million hectares of which 18.3 million hectares, or 87%, are covered by forest.
There was a recent letter to the editor from a former Minister who felt that the forensic audit reports should be tabled in the National Assembly and examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
I love Tanzania because of the light, colours and life in almost every scene.
Before proceeding with today’s article, two recent news items are worthy of commentary.
In the introduction to last week’s article, we made brief reference to the Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn the ruling of the former acting Chief Justice on the “2012 budget cuts” case.
In the last week or so, the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the death of world-renowned historian and scholar, Dr.
There were two recent news items that are worthy of commentary from this Column since they have implications for the state of public procurement.
Last week’s article dealt briefly with the requirements for the appointment of auditors of companies.
The general debate on the 2016 budget is now over. It was to be confined to the financial and economic state of the country and the general principles of Government policy and administration, as outlined in the Finance Minister’s budget speech and in the Estimates.
A former Minister accused me of being unprofessional in discussing in one of my columns the report on the forensic audit of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Ltd (NICIL).
Corruption has disastrous impacts on development when funds that should be devoted to schools, health clinics and other vital public services are instead diverted into the hands of criminals or dishonest officials.
The Stabroek News recently carried an article which centred around a legal opinion that was given on the applicability of Article 216 of the Constitution to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Ltd.
Last week’s article completed our “stock-take” on where we stood in terms of public financial management.
On 28 December 2015, we carried an article on the above subject but we were unable to complete it because of space constraints.
Last Thursday, the National Assembly considered and approved two financial papers that were presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.
The year 2015 is about to come to a close. It is a time when business organisations are conducting physical stocktaking exercises to identify and value their inventories, other assets and liabilities for the purpose of closing their books and preparing their financial statements.
Before proceeding with today’s article, I refer to the comment by parliamentarian Juan Edghill in connection with the forensic audits being conducted at various government agencies and departments.
In 2014, Cabinet appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana National Industrial Company Inc.
The International Anti-Corruption Day will be observed on Wednesday, 9 December. According to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to mark this occasion Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the media and citizens around the world will be joining forces to fight this cross-cutting crime which undermines social and economic development in all societies.
On Wednesday, the Government signed a Memoran-dum of Understanding (MOU) with Fedders Lloyd Corporation for the resumption of the design, construction and outfitting of the Specialty Hospital at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.
So the Amaila Falls Hydro Project is back on the front burner. The Government of Norway is expected to fund another study to determine once and for all the project’s feasibility, while the Government of Guyana has indicated that this is one of the several options being considered as possible sources of renewable energy.