Proposals from all stakeholders will be considered regarding future of GUYSUCO
The Government has committed to review and consider all proposals put forward by the Parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the Guyana Agricultural and Workers’ Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) to determine the course of action for the future of the Corporation in the interest of all stakeholders.
This assurance, according a Government press release was given by Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan during consultations with the stakeholders today at the Ministry of Agriculture.
At the meeting, it was decided that the proposals from the stakeholders will be provided by February 17, 2017 for review and consideration.
The Government team was led by Ramjattan and included Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally and Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma while the Opposition team was led by Irfaan Ali and Juan Edghill.
GAWU and NAACIE were represented by their Heads, Komal Chand and Kenneth Joseph, respectively. Representatives from the various sugar estates including Wales, Albion, Skeldon, Enmore and Uitvlugt were also present.
During the meeting, requests for additional information and documents on GuySuCo were made by the Opposition and the Unions and the Government has given the assurance that these will be provided in the current week to allow for the organisations to peruse, research and come up with their recommendations to be presented at the February 17 meeting.
Minister Ramjattan admitted that these documents should have been provided ahead of today’s meeting and said Government is working to correct that situation and avoid any such delays going forward.
The first meeting was held on December 31, 2016.