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.
Last week, we concluded our discussion of the Enron accounting scandal. We noted that commercial interest took precedence over allegiance to professional integrity and that the Enron case was the biggest audit failure in American history.
Two weeks ago, we discussed the issue of conflict of interest. We stated that a conflict of interest occurs in a situation where a public official’s decisions are influenced by his or her personal interest.
Part II Last week, we examined the accountability arrangements of all statutory bodies, especially as regards compliance with the Fiscal Management and Accounta-bility (FMA) Act.
The issue of conflict of interest has been in the news over the last few weeks, especially in the light of the disclosure by one of the media houses that the Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman is also the Company Secretary of the Amaila Falls Hydro Inc., the company that was set up to manage the construction and operations of the Hydro Project.
Over the last few weeks, a number of concerns were expressed that raising the ceiling for Government guarantees of loans to public entities has the effect of increasing the public debt.
Two weeks ago, we began an examination of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC) which was signed on 29 March 1996 and which came into force on 6 March 1997.
Since my article of 5 August on the Amaila Falls Project, a number of important developments took place.
Last week, we began a discussion of the Amaila Hydropower Project in the light of the National Assembly’s rejection of: (a) the proposed amendment to the Hydro Electric Act mainly to protect the surrounding areas; and (b) the motion to lift the ceiling for Government’s guarantee of loans to public corporations and companies.
A historical perspective and the challenges ahead (Part II) Last week, we began a discussion of organizational management because of its relevance to both the public and private sectors but more especially in the light of the myriad of problems facing a number of state institutions.
Consider the following newspaper headlines: “PM says GPL commercial losses embarrassing”; “Power company forecasts $11B shortfall this year”; “Chand urges expert help to save sugar industry”; and “Sugar industry turnaround ‘far from reality’”.
During the last two weeks, we suspended our review of the UN Convention Against Corruption to look at the operations of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).
Last week, we commenced reviewing the operations of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) in the light of its disastrous performance over the years, despite the massive subsidies and capital contributions from the Treasury.
I was prompted to write this article because of my dismay at news reports about the salaries/fees payable to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and the Chairmen of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO), in the light of the disastrous performance of these state-owned entities over the years.
Two weeks ago, we began our discussion of the UN Convention Against Corruption that Member States adopted in December 2003.
Last week, we discussed the proposed amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act of 2009.
Introduction Over the last two weeks, there were some interesting exchanges between the Government and the Opposition political parties on the proposed amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and the Countering of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009.
One of the comments made in the Guyana 2012 Human Rights Report was that the Audit Office’s effectiveness remained limited since the Government may or may not act on the deficiencies identified.