The Sustainable Development Goals

Conclusion Sustainable and harmonious planet In the previous two articles, the 17 SDGs were identified and the importance of addressing the issue of poverty was highlighted. 

The Sustainable Development Goals

Part 1 Tall order Eight months ago on September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/Res/70/1 which deals with the development agenda for a 15-year period. 

The money supply

Trend in money supply As Guyana celebrates its Golden Jubilee, it is perhaps good to talk about something that is on their minds. 

Investment

Controlled circumstances Guyana is one of 193 member states of the United Nations. 

Surmounting the challenge of money laundering

(Conclusion) Due diligence In the first part of this article, an effort was made to discuss some of the things that often lead to charges of non-compliance with globally accepted anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism standards. 

Converting the Caribbean single market into an asset

Conclusion   Never easy Given the experience and frustrations over the years, many in the Caribbean are surprised that Caricom was able to see 43 years and seemed poised to, and capable of, reaching its golden jubilee in seven years.

Understanding the transport industry in Guyana

Part 3 Movement of people and goods The previous sections of this article have sought to show that the road transport market is multidimensional and carries different risks for each income-generating sector of the market.

Small businesses in Guyana

Contribution While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of, and a major contributor to, the strength of local economies.

Beasts of burden

Minimum role Over the past three weeks, this writer looked at the challenges of revenue collection in Guyana.

The revenue challenge

(Conclusion) Properly and effectively In the second part of this article, this writer observed that revenue collection was not at its optimal position.

The revenue challenge Part II

Functions The tax structure is used to collect the revenues that the government utilizes in its programmes, and is a function of the historical experience of the country.

That ministerial salary increase

Public Outcry Ever since it was discovered that the new administration had increased the salaries of its ministers and parliamentarians, there has been a public outcry and groundswell of criticism for taking the action.

Stimulating the economy

Early concerns The early concerns that the Guyana economy has slowed down and that the growth for 2015 would at best be sluggish remain valid even after a round of salary increases.

Rethinking the public-private partnership model

Controversy The experience with the Berbice River Bridge and its relationship with the investment made by the government seem to make people leery about using the public-private partnership investment model in the construction of projects in the future.

The 2015 budget and the people of Guyana

Complicated In a process complicated by the prorogation of parliament and the holding of elections after the mandatory budget approval period had passed, the Granger administration had to put together a budget for 2015.

Integrity of the revenue collection system called into question

Illicit activities The recent disclosure in local print and online media that gold was being smuggled out of Guyana in significant quantities is a blow to the integrity of Guyana’s revenue collection system and an apparent indictment of all aspects of port security ‒ land, sea and air.

Revenue collection in Guyana

Collection entity   For a government to carry out its work or execute the policies that it has adopted for the management of the country, it needs money.

Rice and the Guyana economy

Replacement Some 33 years ago, global politics and economics combined to force Guyana into searching for a replacement for wheat flour.

There are no free lunches

Submersible The change of government and the aggression shown by Venezuela towards Guyana have brought the PetroCaribe energy agreement into sharp focus.

Let the courts decide

  The word forensic   Over the past month or so, Guyanese have heard the words forensic auditing come into frequent use in relation to the activities of the past government.