Finance Minister versus Auditor General: Setting the records straight

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.   

Salary increases, contracted employees and the COI report

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.

Whose water infrastructure is it, GWI or QAII?

A response to questions posed by Chairman of the GWI board

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.

Public financial management: 1966 to 2016 (Part I)

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.

Assessing the state of our economy

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.

Protecting the environment (Part II)

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. 

Protecting our environment

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.

Management and conservation of our forest resources (Part II)

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Revisiting IFMAS

In the last week or so, the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the death of world-renowned historian and scholar, Dr.

The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index

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.

Stock take on governance, transparency and accountability

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.

Drama in the House

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.

The 2014 Auditor General’s report (Final Part)

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.

The 2014 Auditor General’s report (Part IV)

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.