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Stabroek News EditorialDecember 16, 2013

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robert persaud romeo hitlall and robert’s uncle in law bharrat jagdeo

While the duplicity of the Minister of Natural Resources, Mr Robert Persaud has been starkly exposed in two separate meetings he held on mining with no less than a standing committee of Parliament and the Guyana Human Rights Association, his woes are symptomatic of deeper problems in this 21-year-old reign by the PPP/C.

The first is that ministers and leading officials have been given to think that they can mislead, dissemble and toy with the public without consequence.   They feel that they are above the law and beyond the reach of institutional checks and secondly that their current President,  immediate past President and party will forever protect them. There have been other cases where this minister’s words and actions have been called into question without official censure. When illegal miners were snared at Marudi in May of this very year, instead of being immediately prosecuted, they were allowed to be considered for a lottery of mining plots. Continue reading

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26 billion illegal funding to be cut from guyana national budget


The largest of the proposed cuts is that of GUY$18.3B for Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) projects put forward by the APN. The majority of that allocation is to be equity funding for the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project while other projects under that allocation include Amerindian land titling, small and micro-enterprise development and work on the Cunha Canal. The LCDS projects are expected to be funded by monies realised from the eco-pact with Norway and currently entrusted with the World Bank.

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Janette Bulkan gets the Norweigan government talking about Amaila etc


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warrior princess janette bulkan has more intellectual firepower asleep that the entire Guyana govt

Redd Monitor as always hot on the climate change gang$ter$. go here for interesting reading of letter from Norweigan Ministry of Finance which among others things says “[Amaila Falls has] not been submitted to the Steering Committee for assessment and approval for GRIF financing. It will only be submitted once Guyana and the IDB have complied with all their requirements.”

From: Janette Bulkan
Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: Norway-Guyana Memorandum of Understanding, November 2009
To: Marte Nordseth
Cc: Hans Brattskar, Per Fredrik Ilsaas Pharo, Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen, Ellen Bruzelius Backer, Tove Stub

Dear Ambassador Brattskar,

I am writing on behalf of the civil society group which sent a letter on 24 March 2011 to Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, in advance of his visit to Guyana at the end of that month and before NICFI had released a number of relevant documents. Your response to our eight points in parts repeats the information contained in our letter. What we seek is a practical demonstration of the transparency mentioned in the Norway-Guyana MoU/JCN. We appreciate completely that a political administration which applies the principle of democratic centralism to stifle the flow of information, contrary to Article 146 in Guyana’s National Constitution 1980/2003, will need substantial change to enter a world of Freedom of Information. The long and extensive history of corruption noted recently by the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly confirms the almost daily flow of allegations of corruption emanating from the apex of government. With almost nine per cent of Guyana’s national budget this year tied to disbursement of GRIF money, we would suppose that Norwegian taxpayers would also have a vested interest in NICFI taking more account of the information published almost daily in the independent Press about the Government of Guyana not following legal requirements and/or bypassing approved procedures.

We will come back to NICFI later on specific points. We would have expected NICFI to have expressed concern that the large-scale and rapid deforestation of coastal mangrove forests was apparently overlooked by all three sets of consultants looking at areas of forest/non-forest and changes in area. We would have expected NICFI to have been concerned by the inability of the rolling review team to penetrate beneath the assurances of government staff, partly because of mission time being too short. While Norway talks about verification, the various missions do not seem to have practised independent triangulation of the data provided by government agencies even when (as in the Poyry study) the consultants recognized what should have been done.

We do, however, much appreciate the practice of the Norwegian tradition of open government and that after 11 weeks we did receive at least a partial reply to our major concerns.

Sincerely

Janette Bulkan

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Guyana one laptop per family program – strike two! by jud lohmeyer


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Strike Two – OLPF

Strike one, in case you missed it, was the refusal by the Chinese to fund HE‘s “transformational” ICT laptop scheme. This should have been game over but blatant election politics makes it impossible for HE to allow himself to look impotent in the face of the refusal of the Chinese to fund OLPF.

HE already can’t get the LCDS money out of Norway and the World Bank or get Amaila Falls Hydro funded. Sadly, Guyana is in no position to afford such a lavish ICT project. Mark my words, after the election, if there is one, fiscal reality will crash the gates of election politics and the GoG Treasury will be in serious trouble.

OLPF represents a few percent of the national budget of Guyana. There will be some serious cut backs in other areas to cover this little election ploy, after the election, of course.

Strike two is the rejection of the tender responses for laptops. This is no surprise if you are familiar with the ICT industry. Writing the specifications for a laptop tender is a very detailed process of creating a matrix that very narrowly defines the hardware and software required for the project. This is not something to be left to a couple outsiders winging it. Each specification must be boxed in by a series of other specifications to ensure that the bid equipment meets the project requirements. This didn’t happen. Creating their own new laptop drop specification and neglecting critical secondary specifications only demonstrated the ineptitude of the team assembling the tender.

The second challenge that the OLPF project faces is that there is no single organization in Guyana that can fulfill the requirements of such a large ICT project. The capability simply doesn’t exist in Guyana.

Our approach was to work with several suppliers to craft a complete solution across multiple organizations. This would spread revenue across multiple Guyanese companies and reduce the risks for both GoG and suppliers. You can create a hundred tenders but you can’t fill the capability gap. Again, experienced ICT staff would recognize this challenge and build a solution with what exists in Guyana not what they wish existed, if they even recognized the problem in the first place.

Strike three really should be the Office of the President’s resident pedophile using laptops insexchange. Here we all thought HE just wanted to get the PPP re-elected. It appears some of his team have other ideas on how to capitalize on the laptop distribution. While this is a personal and legal problem with HE’s staff, one HE has refused to address in the past, it does demonstrate how staff and party members plan to use the great laptop give-a-way to their personal advantage.

We can only hope that this latest set-back finally shuts down Huey and Duey in the Project Masquerade Office before they spend Guyana into insolvency.

bharrat jagdeo threatens norway with defore$tation if he doe$n’t get hi$ money


update – listen to this shallow thinking gutter rat
“If they (whiteman. norway for now) can’t be responsible then … there will be temptation on the part of many countries … who have a lot of poor people … (to) earn more by cutting the trees and planting soya beans or … rice or doing cattle,” Jagdeo said. (Reuters) [this is as far as his mind expands. chop down the forest. plant two three, mine two cow and plant soy beans. keep yuh suits ready ppl. it’s getting closer. we’re gonna have to deal with these enemies.]

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They made it clear that they are not happy with the financial assistance received from developed nations so far, as expressed by Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo, who was appointed by the summit to act as roving ambassador for the three tropical forest basins.
“In the Copenhagen accord, $10bn ($6bn) was pledged per annum,” he said.
“The developed world, in their interaction with us, is saying ‘this money is being disbursed’. For us, we don’t see any evidence of this disbursement. [this is not what this ass & his fellow asses says at home. we thought you got the money!!] So where is this money going?” [we ask you criminal joker, where is our money going in Guyana?]

absolutely unrelated – President Bharrat Jagdeo Thursday announced that within 10 days, the first tranche of the US$30M from Norway will be deposited in the Guyana Redd + Investment Fund

Erik Solheim’s reply to problems with Norway’s REDD support to Guyana


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Redd-Monitor: Yesterday, I wrote that the writers of the Open Letter outlining eight problems with Norway’s REDD support to Guyana were still waiting for a response from Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister of the Environment. Within a couple of hours of posting, REDD-Monitor received a copy of a letter from Erik Solheim. His letter is extraordinary on several counts, but most importantly, it fails to address the eight problems in the Open Letter.

Rainforest Alliance’s “inadequate verification report” in Guyana


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On 25 March 2011, members of civil society and two Members of Guyana’s Parliament sent a letter to Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister of the Environment & International Development. The letter outlines eight key problems with the operation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Guyana and Norway, which was signed in November 2009.

While the letter writers are still waiting for Erik Solheim’s response, evidence is mounting to back their concerns. This post looks at problem number 7: “Inadequate Independent Verification Report.”