The head of NICIL, Mr. Winston Brassington announced that the Marriott Hotel will open its doors next month.
So far, we have carried two articles on the Administration’s efforts to access $3 billion from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to accelerate its housing programme in an apparent attempt to secure a political advantage in the run-up to the national elections.
We must set our face sternly against corruption and extravagance. We cannot have a Cadillac style living with donkey cart economies.
Last week, we discussed the Court ruling on the excess expenditure of $4.554 billion that the Minister of Finance had authorised without prior parliamentary approval.
Last Friday, two news items caught my eyes. The first was the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Minister of Finance violated the Constitution by authorising withdrawals from the Consolidated Fund without parliamentary approval, thereby causing excess expenditure totalling $4.554 billion to be incurred during the first half of 2014.
Before we begin our final in a four-part series on the above subject, I refer to the comments of the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on our two recent articles on the Fibre Optic Cable Project.
Last week, we began a discussion of our country’s performance on governance, transparency and accountability in 2014.
Last year around this time, we carried three consecutive articles entitled “Governance, Transparency and Accountability: Priorities for 2014”.
Last week, we began a discussion of the Government’s ICT programme which effectively commenced in 2010.
Good and honourable intentions, vigorously pursued to finality, are more likely to produce the desired outcomes.
Last week, we discussed the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index which rated Guyana at 124 out of 175 countries surveyed with a score of 30 out of 100, the lowest in the Caribbean, except for Haiti.
Democracy and accountability are the twin sides of the same coin. Democracy facilitates accountability which in turn facilitates development.
On 29 November 2014, the Government announced a five per cent increase in the wages and salaries for public servants earning in excess of $50,000 per month and an eight per cent increase for those earning less than $50,000, retroactive to 1 January 2014.
Last week, we discussed the reason the President cited for proroguing Parliament as his belief that the Parliamentary Opposition wanted to disrupt Government’s business by forcing a debate on their no confidence motion.
So the President has made good his threat to prorogue Parliament! He suspended the proceedings of the House for an unspecified period, although constitutionally a prorogation cannot exceed six months.
Some years ago, when I was at the Audit Office, a letter was mistakenly sent to the Attorney General.
This is our third in a series of articles on the above subject.
As I was about to prepare this article, two news items caught my eyes.
In Guyana, public procurement accounts for approximately $150 billion or 70 per cent of the national budget.
Last week’s article provoked quite a reaction from two bloggers who feature every day in the Stabroek News.
On 27 October 2014, citizens across Ontario, including the cities of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton where most of the estimated 100,000 Guyanese in Canada live, will be electing new Mayors and City Councillors.
Another controversy has erupted in relation to the design and construction of the Specialty Hospital at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.
In the light of the public outrage at the extent to which certain foreign companies are reported to be carrying out logging operations in Guyana and exporting logs, I have decided to examine the Forests Act 2009 to have a better understanding of it and to share that understanding with readers.
In today’s column, we discuss a recent experience in trying to obtain information under the Access to Information Act that the National Assembly passed the Act in September 2011 to provide citizens with reasonable access to information on government programmes and activities.
Since my last article, two further developments took place as regards the allegations that the Minister of Finance has been undermining the authority of Parliament by authorizing withdrawals from the Consolidated Fund without the latter’s authority.
Since my last article on the above subject, two developments took place. The first is a letter from the AFC Leader to the President advising him of AFC’s intention to file a no confidence motion on the Government.
In February of this year, the National Assembly approved a Bill for the holding of local government elections no later than 1 August 2014.
Last week, we began a discussion of Financial Paper 1/2014 that the Minister of Finance presented to the National Assembly three Thursdays ago.
We begin our discussion of Financial Paper 1/2014 that the Minister of Finance tabled in the National Assembly two Thursdays ago.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently completed its examination of the public accounts of Guyana for the years 2010 and 2011.
The Integrated Financial Management System (IFMAS), which the Guyana Government implemented in 2004, has been under the microscope in recent days in the Kaieteur News.
The Marriott Hotel project is back in the news following the announcement that ACE Square Investment Ltd.
Since last December, the nation had to endure some of the most unpleasant occurrences at City Hall, following the Head of the Presidential Secretariat’s announcement of the substantive appointment of Ms.
Five years after the Government of Guyana and the United States Government signed an assistance agreement for the implementation of programmes like the Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project, the nation learnt that the project has now been put on hold.
Hours before the deadline of 30 April 2014 for the Presidential assent to the Appropriation Bill that the National Assembly had approved in relation to the 2014 budget, Prime Minister Sam Hinds, in his capacity as acting President, signed the Bill authorizing amounts totaling $183.3 billion to be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund to meet public expenditure.
I claim to be no more than an average man with less than average ability.
(Part II) Last week, we carried the presentation I had made at the University College of the Cayman Islands Caribbean Anti-Corruption Conference held on 19-21 March 2014.
As indicated in my last week’s column, I was privileged to have been invited to participate in the University College of Cayman Islands Caribbean Anti-Corruption Conference held on 19-21 March 2014.
I was privileged to have been invited to participate in the University College of Cayman Islands Caribbean Anti-Corruption Conference held on 19-21 March 2014.
Two Thursdays ago, President Donald Ramotar held a national stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the stalemate in the passing of amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009.
The issue of the holding local government elections has dominated the news in recent days.
On 16 January 2014, the Minister of Finance presented to the National Assembly the 2012 annual report of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).
During the past week or so, various stakeholders expressed concerns publicly about the delay by the National Assembly to agree on the amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009 to bring it in line with international standards and to avoid sanctions being imposed.
Last week, we revisited the purchase of drugs and medical supplies for the Ministry of Health and the Georgetown Hospital in the light of media reports suggesting that the criteria to be used in the prequalification of suppliers are heavily weighted in favour of a local organization.
Last week, we discussed the financial accountability of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), which is in a complete state of disarray.
The year 2013 was not a particularly good one for governance, transparency and accountability.
Last Thursday, the National Assembly adjourned for six months the debate on a bill to amend Public Procurement Act to reinstate Cabinet’s role in the awarding of public contracts.
Last week, we discussed a number of issues relating to the five per cent increase for public servants, arbitrarily agreed upon by the Government after talks broke down with the Guyana Public Service Union.
On 20 November 2013, the Government announced a five per cent increase in wages and salaries for public servants, retroactive to January 2013.
Last Monday, we began an examination of the three financial papers that the Minister of Finance presented to the National Assembly seeking approval by way of supplementary provision in the sum of $12.385 billion.