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GUYANA – Parliament to meet following Court of Appeal ruling

CMC – The Guyana government says Parliament will soon meet to conduct the affairs of the country even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will appeal a court ruling that the motion of no confidence passed in December last year was invalid. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, […]

Dale Marshall

Bail worry

Attorney General Dale Marshall has vented his frustrations on the issue of bail being granted to persons accused of murder who secure release and then commit other heinous crimes. “We have a problem with bail,” he declared to the House of Assembly this evening as the Chamber continued debate on the Appropriations Bill 2019. “The […]

Peter Phillips

Minibuses ‘to boost bus service’

Minister in the Ministry of Transport Peter Phillips has announced a new initiative to partner with privately owned Public Service Vehicles to boost bus service to under-served districts with bus fares set to rise in just over two weeks’ time. Outlining an apparent public-private partnership with the commercial operators, who have long pushed for a […]

Dwight Sutherland

Trust Fund lending reaches 700

Some 700 people have so far received low-interest startup loans from the Government’s Trust Loan Fund, Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland has reported. He made the disclosure while contributing to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly yesterday. Declaring that the ministry’s support from small business startups does not end […]

Kirk Humphrey

New deadline

Government is giving more time before the plastics ban comes into effect. Instead of the April 1 deadline, an adjustment to the ban on the importation of single-use plastics now puts the effective date at July 1. Announcing the extension, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey said it is to accommodate vendors […]

Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid

Govt committed to getting public transport right, says Duguid

Member of Parliament for Christ Church West and Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr William Duguid, says his Government will ensure that the island’s public transport system is properly managed in the wake of the bus fare hike announced in yesterday’s Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals. Dr Duguid reiterated the rationale for the fare […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Casino gambling ‘will bring organised crime, corruption’

Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley today painted a grim picture of a nation in the grip of widespread corruption, money laundering and organised crime were legalised casino gambling to be introduced. He made the suggestion in his maiden reply to the Budget speech, a day after Government announced it is to introduce online and table gambling. […]

Joseph Atherley

Bus fare too high – Atherley

Government’s 75 per cent bus fare hike has been strongly rebuked by Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley. Yesterday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that from April 15, bus fares would be increased from $2 to $3.50. However, while Atherley admitted that an argument could be made for bus fares to be increased, he said $3.50 […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley arriving at Parliament today.

‘Stay the course’

An increase in bus fare, new taxes on the gaming industry, and new rates of payment for water for commercial entities, are among the sweeping measures outlined in Government’s 2019 Budget, aimed at raking in more than $117 million per year. In her more than five and a half hours major Budget presentation in Parliament […]

Mia Mottley

VAT to tick up for tourism industry

The bread-and-butter tourism industry was told tonight it must share the nation’s burden of economic recovery, has been slapped with increases in their room rate levies, just five months after new taxes were introduced. But Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley has announced that since tourism industry had made a “strong case”, it […]

Mia Mottley

Economic austerity ‘until 2025’

Six more years of fiscal medicine are what Barbadians can expect before the economy can recover fully, the Prime Minister has warned, less than six months into an International Monetary Fund austerity programme. Using a range of metaphors as she presented her maiden budget speech since the Labour Party swept to power in May last […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Nothing to hide in consultants deal

White Oak Consulting is simply the best. Better than all the rest. And that, according to Prime Minister Mia Mottley, is why Government took the decision to hire the internationally-acclaimed firm to help in the country’s debt restructuring exercise. Declaring that “there was nothing to hide”, the Prime Minister said it was simply a case […]

Mia Mottley

Tax refunds ‘coming’

Within the next four months taxpayers are to begin receiving income tax refunds owed to them from as far back as 2011, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said this evening in Parliament during her Budgetary Proposals. She announced: “Starting the first of July, individuals who are owed personal income tax refunds for the years 2011 to […]

Mia Mottley

Budget 2019: Grip to loosen on Forex

Barbadians will be able to open foreign currency bank accounts here from July, as the Mia Mottley administration begins to loosen nearly five decades of foreign exchange controls. The promise was first made last October. Delivering her maiden Budget presentation in Parliament on Wednesday, Mottley argued that the 1970s-era foreign exchange controls were initially designed […]

Mia Mottley

Gun crime ‘bad’, PM admits

Prime Minister Mia Mottley tonight made the grim admission that the current level of gun-related crime is “bad”. But she gave the assurance that Government is doing everything in its power to arrest escalating gun crime which she acknowledged is of greatest concern to Barbadians. Mottley said in Parliament: “It is a scourge we will […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

End to CLICO debacle

Almost eight out of ten CLICO life insurance policyholders are to be paid out by Government for their investments and claims in the collapsed insurance company, the Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced tonight. She outlined in the Budget speech a payment plan for the 8,944 policyholders. An additional 1,394 policyholders, or 12 per cent of […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

‘Comprehensive education reform’

An education system, rooted in the colonial era, is in urgent need of comprehensive reform to fit modern times and give all children a fair break regardless of their abilities, the Prime Minister suggested tonight. While giving her maiden Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals in the House of Assembly, the Prime Minister raised the possibility […]

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