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Uncompetitive, bureaucratic - IDB says of Guyana’s business environment during Coalition gov’t 3 - points to Coalition’s ‘particularly poor’ performances in areas of infrastructure, innovation, government institutions and technology readiness


President, Dr Irfaan Ali, former Captain of the West Indies Cricket team, Ramnaresh Sarwan and others at the soft opening of Lazeez Fusion restaurant at the Amazonia Mall on Monday night. The restaurant offers a variety of Indian and Thai cuisines (Delano Williams photo)

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GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Laluni farmers expect boost in profits with $50M road works By Naomi Parris

WITH works soon to commence on the main access road of Laluni, a small farming community on the Linden Soesdyke-Highway, farmers are in high spirits as they anticipate a big boost in their profits. Earlier this month, President, Dr. Mohammed Irfaan Ali visited the community and announced that some $50 million in contracts will be awarded for the rehabilitation of the road. These works will be done in two phases and will see members of the community being employed during the second phase. Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle in

Cherries are one of the many fruits found in abundance in the small farming community in Laluni. Recently, President, Dr. Irfaan Ali announced that major investments are billed for the community to see it become a major food production hub (Carl Croker photo)

a recent interview, citrus farmer, Shivnarine Singh, said, “I feel really glad, because first time the President came and we living at the back here and like no body don’t remember we, so I feel glad.”

Singh, who works on his family farm, along with his brother Roopnarine, expressed frustrations with the state of the main access road. He explained that he and his brother would make week-

Sharon (only name given) picking sorrel in her family farm (Carl Croker photo)

ly trips to the Capital City, Georgetown, to sell their produce. A journey he describes as gruelling because of the ‘deep potholes and break up parts’ of the road. It has caused him to visit the mechanic regularly and cost him more than what he

earns. “The road right now is the main thing for we because, as farmers, we does punish a lot because of the road condition to go out,” Singh said, noting that: “We have a canter there and every now and then how the road so bad the

spring does break and we does feel pressure because at the end of the day we don’t get back nothing on the farm because we does got to spend back money on the vehicle.” Sharon (only name Continued on page 6

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GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

- IDB says of Guyana’s business environment during Coalition gov’t - points to Coalition’s ‘particularly poor’ performances in areas of infrastructure, innovation, government institutions and technology readiness

ECONOMIC development in Guyana during 2015-2019, the period of the Coalition government, was hindered by a business environment that was uncompetitive and mired with bureaucratic constraints, according to the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB). Though not the main focus of the IDB’s report titled: Analysis of Agricultural Policies in Guyana (2015-2019), the state of the country’s business environment within the period under review was still highlighted by the international financial institution. Citing information from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Report (2015), the IDB said that the country had ranked 121 out of 140 and has since then not met the minimum requirements to be surveyed. “Specifically [during the period under review], the country performed particularly poorly on the parameters of infrastructure, innovation, government institutions, and

technology readiness,” the financial institution said. The country, according to multiple reports, has since made significant strides in those areas as a result of interventions and investments made by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government since its election to office in 2020. The IDB in its report also acknowledged that since 2020, the non-oil sector, construction and public investment have increased rapidly. For the public sector alone, the government has allocated the largest portion of its milestone $552.9 billion 2022 Budget to the Ministry of Public works. A total of $96.1 billion has been allocated to the ministry, which is responsible for the country’s infrastructure. This, according to reports, is in addition to billions of dollars being spent to develop housing infrastructure, and proposed plans to build a new Demerara Harbour Bridge, a bridge across

the Corentyne River, new four-lane highways and other transformative projects. Another positive indication in the area of business and infrastructural development is the significant interest being expressed by both local and international investors, some of whom have even gone a step further to construct hotels, fabrication facilities, shore bases, condos and modern office complexes, among other things. “Our economy is becoming stronger; it is rebounding from the twoyear-long effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses, both local and foreign, are capitalising on the unfolding opportunities, and in the process, generating jobs and providing incomes for our citizens,” President, Dr Irfaan Ali had said. Based on the IDB’s report, however, the prospects and conditions from 2015-2019 -- under the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) -- were seemingly not as

favourable, as the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 report ranked Guyana 136 out of 190, down 10 places from 126 it had achieved in 2018, but slightly better than 137 in 2016. The report highlighted difficulties in obtaining construction permits, getting electricity, trading across borders, and resolving insolvency in Guyana. Although not referring directly to the doing-business report, President Ali had said in 2021 that the government is working on the modernisation of institutional and legislative infrastructure to help establish a single-window approval system for permitting. Senior Minister in the Office of the President with Responsibility for Finance, Dr Ashni Singh, had said too that the government strongly, unshakably, unflinchingly and unapologetically believes in the role of the private sector in the future of Guyana and is committed to ensuring a rapidly growing and a highly competitive, world-class,

diversified economy in Guyana. Minister Singh had said that the government sees the private sector as a highly valued and cherished partner in national development, and with renewed and increased interest in the local economy, Guyana has an opportunity to assess its systems and create processes which are business-friendly and encouraging for not just international investors, but locals as well. The government has already committed to

building a “modern” Guyana with world-class infrastructure that improves connectivity and unlocks the vast potential of the economy. Its intention is to create an enabling environment for business development through a seven-point plan which includes preserving the rule of law and democracy; improving the ease of doing business; enhancing national competitiveness; facilitating trade and investment; and supporting small businesses.

ney-General, High Court Judge and acting Justice of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean, Godfrey P. Smith, S.C.; former Chair and Chief Elections Commissioner of India, Dr S.Y. Quraishi; and former Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Carl Singh OR CCH. To assist the commission with its work, Dr Afari Jayan and Dr Nasim Zaidi have been identified as resource personnel. The members of the CoI are expected to examine the post-polling

day period, when there were alleged attempts by the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) to rig the elections. The inquiry is also expected to provide a foundation on which the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) could fix the electoral system. A d d i t i o n a l l y, t h e findings will be used to hold persons accountable, especially if they are found to have been involved in illegal activities.

Commissioners for CoI into attempted elections rigging to be sworn in today

From left: Justice of the Appeal (retired) of Turks and Caicos, Stanley John; former Justice of Appeal (ag) in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Godfrey P. Smith; former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr S. Y. Quraishi and former Chancellor of the Judiciary (Guyana), Carl Singh (NEWS ROOM Photo)

PRESIDENT, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, will on Tuesday swear in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the events surrounding the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections. The swearing in will be held at the Office of the President, Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown. President Ali announced back in June that the CoI will be chaired by retired Justice of Appeal, Stanley John, and will include former Attor-


GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Young Jacobis recovers from heart surgery, attending school

AT seven months old, Tafari Jacobis from Wisroc, Linden, was diagnosed with a strange heart condition and was in dire need of urgent medical attention. His family was very much worried about his condition but through support from the government, other donors and fund-raising activities, they were able to raise the $5 million needed for his surgery in Cuba.

The surgery went well and today, Jacobis is now four-years- old and has started nursery school as a proud child of the Wisroc Nursery. Beaming with joy and much pride, the boys’ mother, Lotoya Jacobis in a recent interview with the Guyana Chronicle, gave an update on his medical condition. The surgery she said, was indeed a success and

little Tafari has been doing well. “So far so good, the doctors here in Guyana they call for him to go and get checkups,” she said, adding: “I never got back any problems with him; he’s been doing good and he started nursery last Monday. He was very excited and I asked the teacher for an update about him. He’s been doing good so far. He’s interacting as a normal child,” she added. Jacobis noted that Tafari is scheduled to return to Cuba for a follow-up surgery. The now four-year-old was first diagnosed in October 2020. His mother in a previous interview said she had first noticed strange symptoms in the child when

he was just seven months old. This prompted her to take him to the hospital to see a paediatrician and she was told that nothing was wrong with him and that he would outgrow the symptoms. She noted, however, that she observed that her son was showing slow signs of development when he was around nine months old. It was until after she visited a private clinic he was diagnosed. Through the help of Region 10 Chairman Deron Adams, the Health Ministry and various fundraisers, the family was able to garner the necessary funds for the surgery.

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Minister McCoy calls out Burke for ‘delusional’ comments

MINISTER in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy, has called out social media commentator Rickford Burke for his baseless criticism of President, Dr Irfaan Ali. Burke, who is based in New York, used condescending remarks to describe a response the President gave to a resident during a public meeting in Mocha-Arcadia on Sunday. The President told the resident that his government is a government for all of Guyana. “It is an insult for you to tell these people that their lives are controlled by the Coalition. No one’s life is controlled by anyone but God. Take that and take it to the bank and bank it,” the President said. The President on Sunday commissioned the Burnham Boulevard in Mocha-Arcadia

Rickford Burke and signed two more con- ourselves out of these optracts valued at over $90M portunities by subjecting for rehabilitation of two other ourselves to narrow thinking. I am not here to tell you roads in the community. “Development must be that I want all of you here to able to add value to your vote PPP; I am here to tell life. The road out there is you that I want all of you something physical. But what to benefit from the PPP in we don’t understand is that government.” Burke in a Facebook post the road has brought value to every single home in this on Monday labelled the Prescommunity. It has increased ident’s comments as lawless the net value of your homes and beneath the dignity of in this community,” he said, his office. Minister McCoy deadding: “We must not lock

scribed Burke’s outburst on the President efforts to build a united and highly developed Guyana as cowardly and delusional. “Burke has made it his mission, apparently, his sole purpose in life now, to show as much contempt as he can in his bitterness towards his own country, now at its transformative juncture, as he tries to foment race hate as a counter to President Ali’s ‘One Guyana’ agenda,” McCoy said. He continued: “Simply put, Rickford Burke it seems would stoop to the lowest lows of bigotry in his vile attempts to detract Guyanese and international partners from the rapid economic and social transformation resulting from our government’s development agenda, which is already creating lasting empowerment for every citizen across all our administrative regions.”

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THE government has suspended, with immediate effect, the three per cent processing fee on the invoice price for milk and dairy products. The Ministry of Agriculture, in a statement, said it has instructed the Guyana Livestock Development Authority to discontinue the collec-

tion of the three per cent processing fee. “All sanitary requirements for importation of milk and dairy products remain enforced,” the statement said.


First monkeypox patient released from hospital

THE first person to be diagnosed with monkeypox in Guyana has been released from hospital. Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, on Monday, said that the patient was released late last week and is now non-contagious. “Our first patient is now back at home and that pa-

firmed on Monday, August 22; a week later on August 29 another case was recorded. So far, no other monkeypox case has been recorded in Guyana. “We haven’t found any new cases, which is a good thing, we have had a number of calls and persons

tient is non-infectious and can resume work and we had a lot of his close contacts in quarantine. They have all now been rechecked, none of them showed any signs or symptoms of monkeypox, so they can resume normal activity as well,” Dr Anthony said. The second person diagnosed with the virus is still being monitored. The first case of monkeypox in Guyana was con-

came in because they had various types of rashes but none of it was confirmed as monkeypox because we did the confirmatory test,” the health minister said. He had previously noted that he does not foresee a lot of monkeypox infections in Guyana due to the nature of the disease which requires being in close contact with an infected individual for an extended period of time. (DPI)


GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Sharing Common Wealth

THE new King of Britain and the Commonwealth held his very first diplomatic appointment and reception on September 11, meeting at Buckingham Palace with Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland and the High Commissioners of member-nations of the other 14 nations of which he is also new Head-ofState. The Commonwealth comprises 56 nations across several continents and the Caribbean is playing an important role at several levels. Apart from Dame Patricia being of British peerage and having served as a UK Attorney-General, she was born in Dominica. Besides, eight of the remaining realms abroad are in the Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent

and the Grenadines. (The others are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.) Speculations have been rife as to whether King Charles III will be the glue that keeps the Commonwealth together or the monarch that presides over its quick collapse, or whether it’ll simply continue as a club of former mainly British colonies. During a speech as Prince in 2017 in Singapore, Charles said the Commonwealth was “the cornerstone of my life” -- something Dame Patricia reminded him of on Sunday, but concern is being expressed by True Brits about the decreasing size of the realm, as more member-states follow Barbados and part with the monarchy. The loss of ‘Little England’ was followed by similar announcements of intent earlier this year

by Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. And Australia today, under a republican prime minister, says it will eventually activate a mechanism (already in motion before the Queen died) to decide when it’ll no longer have Charles as its king. Interestingly, bids by Commonwealth member-states to complete their independence from and reduce their dependence on Britain for certain key aspects of judicial constitutional guidance are being misinterpreted as somehow intended to weaken the already long-declining British Empire – like Jamaica deciding to complete its cycle after 60 years of independence, Saint Lucia deciding to break with the Privy Council and join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) or Antigua & Barbuda deciding to hold a republican referendum within three years. In 2018, the queen

asked that her son be accepted as her successor, and he did represent her at the last Commonwealth Summit in Rwanda last June, where some member-states repeated continuing concern about the implications of giving the impression that royal succession is automatic. Others also indicated they felt it was time to put the issue of reparations from Britain and European nations for Slavery and Native Genocide on the Commonwealth’s agenda, as it affects most member-states. True, King Charles has inherited leadership of an entity founded by his grandfather and led by his mother, but as Baroness Amos (of Guyanese heritage) said Sunday, nations becoming republics is not about “embarrassing” the empire,” but about King Charles adapting to the challenges of the changing times. Baroness Amos, who

was UK Ambassador to Australia and held several positions of international stature, also notes that the Commonwealth’s commonalities are based on “a partnership of equals, despite geographic location or population...” that allows them to “hold equal conversations about the challenges we face,” which she sees as “very important.” She admits it’ll be “a difficult balance to strike” for King Charles, but “as a firm believer in conversations about balance,” she’s more optimistic than pessimistic about his ability to not just succeed his mom, but to also face the successorship challenges the queen groomed him for. All that said, Guyana’s own road along the referendum route to the republican path is as unique as any other, with its own domestic political nuances and influences that are now part of the history of the

continuing transition from British Guiana to where El Dorado is today as the world’s fastest-growing new oil-and-gas economy. Be that as it may, just as Guyana stood high and mighty behind the Commonwealth’s boycott of Apartheid in South Africa in the 80s, and the Commonwealth stood on the side of democracy in Guyana during 2020, this nation will continue to be a firm believer in the rights of sovereign nations to take decisions in their people’s best interests. It is better to see it as strengthening the respect for democracy and peaceful coexistence between partners facing similar problems in different ways and seeking common ways of overcoming common challenges, to contribute to the shared ‘common wealth’ of discussing, deciding and acting together, never mind their differences.

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given), who, along with her sister make weekly trips to the market to sell their produce, expressed similar sentiments. “The road, that is the issue we got in here right now and it a farming community so it’s hard and when the rain falls it’s very bad and we would glad to get we road,” she said. The woman recalled that some rehabilitation works had been done in

2015; however, due to flooding and other factors of climate change, the road became severely damaged, making it hard not only for farmers but other commuters as well. In the past, the woman disclosed that the tobacco company, Demerara Tobacco Co. Limited (Demtoco) would maintain the road but these works ceased when the company dissolved its operations in

the 1980s. “This here (farming) is what we depend on, this is our livelihood. We take our produce to the market,” she said. Sharon, her brother, sister and father, own a small farm where they produce mostly citrus fruits such as orange, cherry and sorrel.

MORE AGRICULTURE INPUTS For Credence Francis, a cash crop and

citrus farmer in the community, additional inputs are needed for farmers. “We do mostly manual work, we don’t have no tractor and those kinds of things and sometimes it’s hard,” Francis said. He noted that while he welcomes the rehabilitation of the road, farmers are in need of greater support to boost their production as well as getting better prices

for their produce. Francis disclosed that some farmers would travel to the city markets to sell their produce while some would sell their produce to manufacturing companies; however, the monies they are paid for their produce is not sufficient. “For example, some farmers would sell cherries for like $70 per pound to a company and that’s not plenty;

we ask if they could raise it to like $100. If we get somebody to lobby for us that would be nice,” the man said. To this end, Francis suggests that having a small processing facility established nearby the community could see farmers being more self-sufficient in adding value to their produce, as well as earning more for themselves.

GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Endorsement of trans-shipment guidelines key move against unsustainable fishing

A KEY inter-governmental forum on fisheries and aquaculture has endorsed new voluntary guidelines governing the transfer of fish between ships, in a move aimed at curbing the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that threatens the sustainability of global stocks. The Voluntary Guidelines for Trans-shipment, developed by members of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and presented at the 35th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI35), “aim to regulate, monitor and control transshipment to support sustainable fisheries and further close loopholes that enable fish derived from IUU fishing to enter the market,” said Manuel Barange, Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Division. Trans-shipment involves the direct transfer of fish

from one vessel to another, regardless of its location, before the cargo is recorded at its final destination. It can take place in various locations, including ports, coastal waters and the high seas. While transshipment can be essential to reduce operating costs and maximise sustainable fishing opportunities, if not properly regulated it can be used to disguise illegally caught fish, undermining national, regional and global efforts to curb IUU fishing. COFI had tasked the FAO Secretariat with undertaking global studies on trans-shipment to support the development of these Voluntary Guidelines. The research found that a lack of regulation, monitoring and control increases the risk of fish caught through IUU fishing entering the seafood supply chain, jeopardising the sustainable management

of fisheries. The objective of the Voluntary Guidelines for Transshipment is to assist states, regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs), and other inter-governmental organisations by providing standards for developing their policies and regulations that govern trans-shipment, with a view to integrating these in regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management. The guidelines can support fishers, fish processors and others in the sector, who act responsibly and in accordance with their fishing authorisations, while helping authorities to monitor and rebuild stocks, conserve marine biodiversity and build sustainability in the long-term. “These guidelines are a powerful tool with the potential to make a meaningful contribution to combating IUU fishing,” said Barange.

Under the guidelines, it is recommended that states and RFMOs should ensure that vessels involved in transshipments are authorised by the relevant flag, coastal or port state and that vessels notify the relevant authorities before conducting any type of trans-shipment; adopt transparent reporting procedures to facilitate the verification of authorisations and trans-shipment data, allowing for effective monitoring, control and surveillance actions;

ensure that all vessels involved in trans-shipments provide a declaration containing specific data about the quantities of fish, the species and any bycatch; share trans-shipment data such as vessel lists, notifications, authorisations and declarations, observer and inspection reports, infractions and sanctions and establish reporting procedures to collect and crossreference information on the quantity of fish landed


by species, product form, area, and country of origin for processed fish. The guidelines will support the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA), the first binding international agreement intended to deter and eliminate IUU fishing, which entered into force in 2016, and the updated Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels. (FAO)


GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Business Intelligence and analytics/ Financial and Economic Analysis Review and Analysis of the Mid-Year 2022 Economic Performance: Is the paradoxical Dutch disease present?

Financial analyst Joel Bhagwandin By Joel Bhagwandin Executive Summary Key Message Supporting Statement (s) According to the Mid-Year 2022 economic report, the economy recorded real GDP growth of an estimated 36.4 per cent, driven by petroleum, other crops, and services sectors. Moreover, despite the setbacks that affected the other sectors, the non-oil economy recorded positive growth for the half- year period of an estimated 8.3 per cent The non-oil economy has shown positive signs of recovery on account of the government’s accommodative fiscal policy stance and allocation of resources aimed to repair the non-oil sectors – having suffered deteriorated performances in 2020 and 2021, and arguably, during the period 2015–2020. Notwithstanding the contracted growth in a few subsectors, the wholesale, retail and trade, and entertainment subsectors recorded higher growth compared to the previous corresponding period. This is evidence of the positive impact of government’s intervention in the economy to cushion the impact of the rising cost of living, such as the various cash grants and other measures. Credit to the private sector increased by 15 per cent in the first half of FY 2022 relative to the corresponding period in FY 2021 This increase was driven by increased credit to the

agricultural sector by 20 per cent; mining and quarrying sector by one per cent; manufacturing sector by 39 per cent; services sector by 20 per cent; households by 12 per cent and real estate mortgages by seven per cent. This outturn is indicative of the broad-based growth attained through private-sector investment across all the major non-oil sectors. The revised inflation forecast for the end of 2022 is 5.8 per cent, which is below the global average forecast for 2022 of 8.2 per cent Notably, the inflation rate for the half-year period January – June 2022 of 4.9 per cent is lower than the 5.6 per cent for the previous corresponding period in 2021. This is evidence of the impact of government interventions to cushion the rising inflation rate on account of inflationary pressures stemming from the global economy – that is, the effect of external shocks on the domestic economy therefrom. The exchange rate appreciated marginally by 0.91 per cent from $208.8 for the first half year period in FY 2021 to $206.9 for the first half year period FY 2022 Despite the weakening of the FX reserves held by the Bank of Guyana to below three months import cover through 2015-2019, the exchange rate remained stable because fortunately, the net foreign assets (NFA) of the commercial banks experienced dramatic increases during the 12-year period

spanning 2009 to 2021 and thus remained strong. In this respect, while the Bank of Guyana FX reserves increased by 43 per cent over this period from its 2009 position of US$569 million to US$811 million by the end of 2021; the commercial banks NFA increased by 174 per cent from US$164 million in 2009 to US$449 million by the end of 2021. The impact of the costof-living measures and interventions implemented by the government is almost equivalent to 100 per cent of the oil revenues in profit and royalties earned as of July 2022 The level of public debt is within sustainable levels with low to moderate default risk. The debt-to GDP ratio is an estimated 29 per cent for the first half of FY 2022 and the non-oil debt to GDP ratio is an estimated 63 per cent for the period Using conservative estimates in an attempt to quantify the impact of the cost –of-living (COL) measures and interventions by the government on the economy, cumulatively for the period 2021 – 2022, amounted to approximately $226 billion, representing 96 per cent of the total NRF balance to date from the inception of oil production. Both of these ratios indicate that the level of public debt is relatively low to moderate in terms of the risk of default and that the level of public debt is within sustainable levels. The government must be commended for this type of prudent public debt management by restricting the temptation to borrow excessively against future oil revenue. Proponents of the notion that the mid-year report confirms that the Dutch disease is already here by merely citing the contracted performance of a few subsectors, namely sugar and rice, and ignoring completely the positive outturns in all the other subsectors, have failed to present any empirical evidence and context to corroborate this argument The empirical evidence,

however, strongly contradicts this notion and therefore disproves the perception or argument that the Dutch disease is present. It is noteworthy to highlight that it took just over two decades to lift this economy out of bankruptcy and move it from a GDP of about US$200 million in 1992 to a GDP of US$4 billion and per capita income of less than US$200 to US$5,000 by the end of 2014. In 2015, the previous government inherited $100 billion liquid cash in the bank, foreign reserves of US$595 million representing five months’ worth of import cover and all the sectors were experiencing resilient performance. Altogether, the cumulative loss of productive output in the sugar, forestry, fishing, bauxite, manufacturing and wholesale and retail trade subsectors, together with the cumulative loss of export earnings of a number of key commodities as shown in the analysis herein during the period 2009 – 2014 relative to the corresponding period 2015 - 2020, amounted to a whopping $238.7 billion or US$1.14 billion. Put differently, under the stewardship of the previous administration, a number of key productive sectors and export-earning commodities declined by US$1.14 billion cumulatively. This amount represents 36 per cent of the total stock of public debt, 1.5 times the Bank of Guyana FX reserves and more than one year’s equivalent of oil revenue in both profit oil and royalties. CONCLUDING REMARKS The analysis contained herein revealed largely the task at hand for the government of the day to rebuild the economy to where it was pre-2015. After so doing, this will then set the stage to pursue the advance level or the “next level” wave of development. With respect to the mid-year report for the first half of FY 2022, the economic performance reported therein is demonstrative of the positive outcome of the economic poli-

cies, timely interventions, the allocation of financial resources towards infrastructural development, economic diversification, and transformational development projects implemented through the national budgets of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Finally, while the Dutch disease is not present in any form on account of the government’s strong commitment to tangibly rebuild the traditional productive sectors, and the advancement of an ambitious economic diversification programme through improved national competitiveness, viz-à-viz, cheaper energy, the regional food and energy-security agenda etc.; the economic path that the economy previously came out of under the previous administration during 2015 – 2020, would have most certainly induced the Dutch disease syndrome and the natural resource curse as evidently demonstrated in the findings and analyses of this report. BACKGROUND The Political Opposition, are of the view that the mid-year performance for 2022 confirms the presence of the Dutch disease. Commentators in Guyana often use the terms “Dutch disease” and “natural resource curse” interchangeably, however, both terminologies have distinguishing features by definition. The parodical Dutch disease refers to the adverse effects of on manufacturing of natural resource “discoveries”. Specifically, when a country experiences a resource boom due to a tradable resource discovery and/or to an increase in a resource price, it normally undergoes a real appreciation of its exchange rate and, as a result of rising wages, a relocation of some of the labour force to the resource sector. A real appreciation reduces the international competitiveness of other tradable sectors because resource-based exports crowd out commodity exports produced by those sectors (Krugman, 1987). The country faces the risk of a de-industrialisation

process. This phenomenon, known as the “Dutch Disease”, first drew attention in the late 1950s when natural gas discoveries in the Netherlands eventually hurt the competitiveness of the Dutch manufacturing sector. ORIGINS OF THE DUTCH DISEASE In the late 1950s the appreciation of the Dutch currency (guilder), which followed the gas-export boom, caused inflation which in turn, brought about reductions in competitiveness and profitability of the manufacturing and service sectors. Shortly, the expansion of gas exports in the 1960s not only crowded out the other manufacturing exports, but also reduced markedly the total Dutch exports relative to GDP. This problem fortunately lasted shortly. From the late 1960s onwards, the Dutch exports of non-gas industries have increased sensibly. The fear of de-industrialisation linked to the Dutch disease did not materialise in the Netherlands. THE NATURAL RESOURCE CURSE Conversely, the resource curse (also known as the paradox of plenty) refers to the failure of many resource-rich countries to benefit fully from their natural resource wealth, and for governments in these countries to respond effectively to public welfare needs. While one might expect to see better development outcomes after countries discover natural resources, resource-rich countries tend to have higher rates of conflict and authoritarianism, and lower rates of economic stability and economic growth, compared to their non-resource-rich neighbours. It is against this background; this article seeks to address these issues and conclude whether or not the paradoxical Dutch disease and natural resource curse are present, inter alia, an analysis of the mid-year economic outcome for 2022. nrgi_Resource-Curse.pdf.

GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Hearing into challenge to NRF Bill commences

HIGH Court Judge, Navindra Singh, on Monday, commenced a hearing into the challenge to the passage of the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) Bill, which was filed by Opposition Chief Whip Christopher Jones and trade unionist Norris Witter. The duo moved to the court in April claiming that the bill was not properly passed in the National Assembly in December 2021, due to the absence of the parliamentary Mace. The Attorney General, Parliament Office, the Minister of Finance, the Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly are all listed as respondents in the case. The Guyana Chronicle had previously reported that, on December 29, 2021, in a bid to defend the landmark bill, which has since been assented to by President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, Senior Minister in the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, was interrupted by what was referred to as the unparliamentary actions of members of the opposition. The second reading of the bill was objected to by Jones, who requested that it be sent to a special select committee. However, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir, indicated his preference for listening to the arguments from both sides, before determining whether or not the bill should be sent to a select committee. Minister Singh then took to the podium, but his presentation was interrupted by members of the APNU+AFC Opposition, who kept banging their desks and chanting demeaning words about the bill. After they failed to prevent Minister Singh from speaking, an Opposition parliamentarian, Annette Ferguson, attempted to remove the Mace, but was unsuccessful. This unprecedented act was foiled by Nadir’s personal assistant, who held the instrument tightly as


Opposition Parliamentarian and Attorney-at Trade unionist, Norris Witter Attorney-General Anil Nandlall, S.C. Law, Khemraj Ramjattan he laid on the floor of the vember 8, for the con- is in place or not, or court has no jurisdic- of Guyana…that in any tinuation of Witter’s tes- whether an instrument tion, as they constitute event, the Mace has no conference centre. Jones and Witter, who timony. He also reserved can be used as a Mace, procedural matters of relevance and place in is the President of the November 9, for Jones to the purpose of the Mace Parliament over which the exercise of ParliaGeneral Workers Union, take the stand and give his and matters connected the Parliament has ex- ment’s constitutional to the proceedings of clusive jurisdiction, as is power and authority to through their attorneys evidence. Nandlall and Senior Parliament and their evident by Article 165 of make laws,” Nandlall Roysdale Forde, S.C, and Selwyn Pieters, are seek- Minister in the Office of regularity thereof, are the Constitution of the said in his affidavit of ing judicial review and re- the President with respon- matters over which this Co-operative Republic defence. lief under the Constitution. sibility for Finance, Dr. During the commence- Ashni Singh, had asked ment of the civil action at the High Court to throw the Demerara High Court, out the case. Opposition ParliamentarIn their affidavit of deian and Attorney-at-Law fence, which was submitKhemraj Ramjattan and ted to Justice Navindra Witter testified. Singh, they claimed that Ramjattan, when cross- the NRF Bill was “lawfulexamined by Attorney ly, validly and properly” General and Minister of passed in the National Legal Affairs, Anil Nand- Assembly on December lall S.C, admitted that 29, 2021. some APNU+AFC MemThe pair verily believe bers of Parliament (MPs), that there is insufficient who were not in support of evidence furnished by the Bill did blow whistles, Jones and Witter to supwalked around, and were port the challenge. not in their seats. In the circumstances, He told the court that they are asking the court he remained in his seat as to refuse all the orders beeverything unfolded. ing sought and challenged, However, when the AG with substantial costs. asked the attorney other Additionally, the pair questions as it related to submitted that the court that incident, Ramjattan has no jurisdiction to eneither replied that he could force any provision on not recall or didn’t give a the Covenant on Civil and direct response. Political Rights, and, in Ramjattan had to rely any event, no provision on video recordings of of the said Covenant was what transpired that day. contravened as is alleged The recordings were later by Jones and Witter. tendered as exhibits in the As it relates to the case. Mace being present for Witter was the next the passing of the Bill, the witness to be called, but two respondents submitted Nandlall objected on the that there is no principle ground that most of what known in law, neither does is in his statement amounts the Constitution nor the to “hearsay evidence” and Standing Orders require was “inadmissible”. that the Mace be present, Justice Singh upheld and in place for Parliament Nandlall’s objections and to exercise its constitutionstopped Witter’s testimo- al power to make laws for ny. the peace, order and good The judge then ad- governance of Guyana. journed the matter to No“… whether the Mace


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Judge calls for review of liquor law at sentencing of self-confessed killers

BEFORE sentencing Roopnarine “Helicopter” Persaud and Deonarine “Pascal” Lakhan, who admitted stabbing their drinking buddy to death in 2017, Justice Sandil Kissoon underscored the dangers of alcohol abuse and called for a review of the Liquor Licensing Act. The judge on Monday sentenced Lakhan to 10 years in prison for his role in the killing of 38-yearold Kawal Shivnauth of Wine Bush, Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD). However, his co-accused was sentenced to 12 years and 10 months as the judge took aggravating factors into consideration. In July, the duo was indicted at the Demerara High Court for murder, but opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. The men admitted that on January 9, 2017, at Anna Catherina, WCD, they unlawfully killed Shivnauth. The state was represented by prosecutors

CONFESSED KILLERS: Deonarine Lakhan (left) and Roopnarine Persaud

Muntaz Ali and Abigail Gibbs. Persaud was represented by attorney-at-law Dexter Smartt, while Lakhan was represented by attorney-at-law Teriq Mohammed. In his sentencing remarks, Justice Kissoon said that alcohol addiction and abuse are showing up in more and more killings through domestic violence, dangerous driving and disorderly behaviour. “The consumption and abuse of alcohol continue to wreak havoc, chaos and destruction in communities across Guyana. The landscape of every village,

every farming community, and every mining area is littered with the presence of rum shops…Frequently, most of the criminal cases occur in or around the rum shops due to excessive drinking of alcohol within the premises of those businesses,” he said. He added that the law provides for a review of the licence of the business when such breaches occur. “Licences for the operation of rum shops and liquor stores are too easily and frequently granted. There is a multiplicity of rum shops in areas where they ought not to be across

DEAD: Kawal Shivnauth

this country, having regard to its influence on young people, families and children who reside in the vicinity,” he said. He pointed out that the social impact of alcohol abuse manifests itself in everyday life and is a “catalyst” for incidents of

domestic violence, spousal abuse, broken homes, road carnage and suicides. “There is a clear laxity in the issue and monitoring of liquor licences and these establishments, without a consideration of the environment and consequences of its operation… The time is ripe for a review of the law on the subject,” he pointed out. In the present case, Shivnauth, a sugar estate worker, was killed a few days after he reportedly approached his stepson, Lakhan, warning him about harassing his young daughter. It is alleged that on January 09, 2017, Persaud, Lakhan and Shivnauth

were consuming alcohol at a shop at Anna Catherina. Following that, Persaud advanced towards Shivnauth with a knife and chopped him, the court heard. Shivnauth armed himself with a broken bottle, but the weapon was taken away by his stepson. The stepson, Lakhan, held onto Shivnauth while Persaud stabbed him several times about the body. Residents raised an alarm when the altercation occurred and the police were alerted. Shivnauth was pronounced dead on arrival at the Leonora Cottage Hospital and the duo was later arrested.

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Instant certification for skilled technical, vocational workers

Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton By Jared Liddell PERSONS informally trained in technical and vocational skills now have the opportunity to receive instant certification from the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) in their area of specialisation without the need to undertake academic training in those areas. This new programme, the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR), is set to target locals specialised in areas ranging from masonry, carpentry, electrical installation, welding and fabrication and all other areas of technical and vocational areas of specialisation. The project, which was launched on Monday, is being rolled out by the government through the Ministry of Labour, and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) Guyana. According to Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton, this new initiative was created with the idea of taking the skillset of locals, and providing them with certification that would validate those skillsets in Guyana’s

Chief Education Officer Dr. Marcel Hudson

booming service sector. He noted that the certification would allow persons who have years of experience in the vocational and technical sectors the chance to enter the job market, locally, with the necessary certification that would validate and support accurate remuneration based on their skillset. The Labour Minister reminded those at the launch that 70 per cent of learning comes from working on the job, or from the practical experiences of a worker. “Right Learning Assessment and Recognition creates a system of equality and equity for the conferring of vocational credentials service delivery in Guyana on who choose to acquire skills outside of the classroom setting,” the Labour Minister said, adding that this initiative will allow Guyanese easier access to job opportunities in various sectors within Guyana. He noted that the government is committed to ensuring that all Guyanese citizens have the chance to qualify themselves, and is cognisant that many of the persons in these sectors may not be willing

BIT CEO Richard Maughn

or able to undertake an academic course or courses to achieve certification. “When we speak about development, you can’t discuss development and you’re not developing if you’re not discussing academic and vocational education in the same breath,” Minister Hamilton said. Chief Education Officer Dr. Marcel Hudson echoed similar sentiments, saying that revitalising the local education sector to cater to vocational and technical education must come with a platform to qualify persons who have qualified themselves in these areas through practical training rather than just theory. Dr. Hutson noted that the ministry is committed to giving those persons the chance to be qualified, by utilising their years of experience in the same way that persons qualified in a technical or vocational institution would be qualified. “I’m happy to be recognising the importance of this programme,” Dr. Hutson said, adding: “We have lots of persons who have a skill or skills, but they’re not rec-

ognised because they are not certified. But I believe that this programme will serve to give credence to those persons who are skilled and may not even understand the importance of the contributions, and they are related to the development of the nation. So I am glad that we are undertaking this programme.” According to BIT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Maughn, this certification programme will not just help to open the door for job creation for these skilled persons, but will also directly impact their ability to be promoted and renumerated based on their skillset. “Once we implemented prior learning assessment, many persons who are being rejected who are not able to get into some of the international companies operating in Guyana, you will no longer have this problem,” Maughn said, since the certificate is regionally and internationally recognised. This certification is expected to lead to the reduction of the percentage of locally uncertified skilled workers.

Participants at the launch of the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) on Monday (Delano Williams photo)

‘No need for disunity, we are better together’ Minister McCoy tells Soesdyke Heritage Celebration MINISTER within the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwame McCoy, over the weekend engaged those gathered for Heritage celebration in Soesdyke, where he asserted that, “There is no benefit to us being disunited. We are better together.” The minister reminded celebrants of the importance of Amerindian Heritage Month, noting that the celebrations demonstrate the rich diversity of Guyanese culture. “This celebration is meant to ensure that we continue to embrace each other, regard-

tive system that provided for the division and separation of races. We have nothing like that in this country. Those in the opposition who are trying to promote these ideas must be rejected, in order for the country to move forward.” He continued that the notion is also an insult to, “The relationship we enjoy as Guyanese, the strides we are making towards ensuring that each one can partake in our national development.” He assured residents that the PPP/C administration will work in tandem with citizens to improve their quality of

Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwame McCoy interacts with residents at the Heritage celebrations in Soesdyke less of ethnicity, regardless of geography, regardless of social strata, that we remain in celebration with and among each other,” he said. “While many of us strive towards building a One Guyana, we have to make sure that our people are unified and making sure that we understand and establish our one common vision and one common objective of moving forward. You can be assured that you have a government in the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic, led by Dr Irfaan Ali, that will ensure that we work with every single Guyanese as you have seen us doing over the last two years,” he said. The minister emphasised the need for collaborative efforts in building One Guyana, while identifying racism as a seminal tool used in efforts to divide the nation. Minister McCoy noted the opposition’s position on an alleged existing apartheid system in Guyana, and dubbed it “an insult to those who endured that cruel system.” “Apartheid was a legisla-

life. “We will continue to attend to the issues that affect you in your communities. We will attempt to address the welfare issues and we will do it for every single Guyanese regardless of strata and race. That is what we will be demonstrating during our tenure.” The minister noted further that the government will ensure that all Guyanese benefit from the lucrative oil-and-gas sector. “The oil-and-gas industry will take time to develop in the way and manner that will allow us to derive even more financial resources. And it is the intention and certainly the plan for us to make sure that we get around to every community and all of the people would benefit. It is hard work, but it is work that we are committed to doing.” This year, Amerindian Heritage Month is being celebrated under the theme, “Celebrating our traditional culture while building One Guyana.” (DPI)


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GTT intensifies fibre roll-out

- targets 75 per cent Guyanese homes by 2024 THE Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Limited (GTT), on Monday, announced that it will accelerate its fibre roll-out to achieve a new goal of 75 per cent of homes passed by 2024. “By 2024, on top of the 22 billion Guyanese dollars invested in fibre in Guyana so far, we will have invested an additional 10 billion dollars to ensure three out of every four households in Guyana can choose GTT Fibre,” said Chief Executive Officer, Damian Blackburn. According to a release, communities equipped with GTT fibre in the last year include Amelia’s Ward, Tucber Park, Adelphi Settlement, Best Village, Vreed-en-Hoop, Plantain Walk, Non-Pariel, Supply Village, Helena #1, Bygeval, Good Hope, Dia-

mond, Grove, Vigilance, Friendship, Strathspey, Bladen Hall, Buxton, Melanie, Annandale, Bachelor’s Adventure, Section C Enterprise, Coldingen, Enterprise Gardens, Enterprise Hymac Scheme, Leonora, Cornelia IDA, Anna Catherina, Edinburgh, Groenveldy, Strewartville, Uitvlugt, Versailles, Pouderoyen, Malgre Toute and Goed Fortuin. The telephone giant said all of this adds up to over 95,000 homes being passed in Guyana with GTT fibre by the end of August. The company expects to pass the 100,000 mark shortly and promises in September to bring the GTT fibre experience to the county of Berbice in New Amsterdam and Rose Hall. “We are very proud that GTT fibre is being built by

Guyanese for the Guyanese. More than 90 per cent or 150 of our highlytrained fibre technicians and engineers are Guyanese. This will increase in the future, as we launched a 20 strong apprentice programme this year and we agreed with the GPTWU union to retrain all our current team with fibre skills,” Chief Operating Officer of GTT’s Home Solutions and Fixed Network business unit, Eshwar Thakurdin said. Since the launch of GTT fibre a year ago, the company has enhanced the value for money in its packages, bringing faster Internet speeds and the groundbreaking GTT Fibre + Voice service including the ability to migrate a landline number and receive free minutes and calling features.

GTT Home Solutions and Fixed Network Business Unit COO, Eshwar Thakurdin Reliability is increased through affordable Plume Wi-Fi mesh solution and Power backup solution options, the company said. It noted that superior

GTT CEO, Damian Blackburn

high-speed Internet experience and growing economies are linked to the reliability of connectivity, both at home and in the office; hence, the rapid

roll out of GTT fibre to as many communities as possible. “Fibre is no longer the future; it is the now,” said Thakurdin.

CSEC top performer credits success to strong support system By Naomi Parris FOR 17-year-old Daniel Dowding, it was the support he got from his family, friends, church and community that kept him pushing through many sleepless nights, selfdoubt and the pain of grief as he prepared for his Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Dowding, a student of the Anna Regina Secondary School, in Region Two (PomeroonSupenaam), emerged as one of the country’s top performers. The aspiring marine biologist wrote 25 subjects, and secured 22 Grade Ones and three Grade Twos. The Guyana Chronicle interviewed the teen on

Daniel and his mother, Mrs. Sarah Dowding Monday, and he recalled to attend classes Online facing many challenges as due the novel coronavirus he prepared for the exams. (COVID-19) pandemic Unlike many other was difficult for him. “Prior to ‘COVID’, teens, Dowding disclosed that he was never a “tech technology really wasn’t savvy” person, and having my thing; I am not this

active person on social media, so I had to adjust to learn about everything on the social media platforms. Additionally, I’m not a person who can sit down and read for long hours; I would have to make learning interesting. Having to sit and stare at the screen was a bit challenging,” the teen said. To make his studying much more interesting and fun, Dowding said he would use various techniques to keep himself alert and to focus. “For example, in terms of history, we will be learning about different countries in the Caribbean, so, what I would do because it’s a lot of reading, I would change my accent. For example, I would read in a Trinidadian accent or a Jamaican

accent and stuff like that.” He related that having to adjust to Online learning was not his biggest challenge. Given that both of his parents are retired, there were some financial strains, he said. In spite of this, they made the necessary sacrifices so that he could succeed. Just a few weeks before his first exam, Dowding’s grandfather died. Despite his sadness, the teen said he “willed” himself to stay focused, which was not an easy task. Soon after, he fell ill with severe flu-like symptoms. During this period, thoughts of doubt flooded his mind. It was his strong support system that kept him on his feet, especially his Seventh-Day Adventist family. “I have grown up in the Seventh-Day Advent-

ist Church all my life. They would have helped mold my character, and be who I am today as a person. I have learned many lessons from them. Also, they are a very supportive group of persons; they prayed for me, wished me on. So, they were very instrumental in my success,” Dowding said. Speaking on his future plans, Dowding said he would love to work with animals, and hopes to secure a scholarship, which will afford him the opportunity to pursue a tertiary education, and secure his dream job as a marine biologist. If that doesn’t work out, the teen does have a “Plan B”, which will require him to write the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).


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Mark Gomes back in court on cocaine trafficking charge

FOUR years after he was convicted of drug trafficking, Mark Gomes, was, on Monday, released on $200,000 bail after he denied possession of a quantity of cocaine which was allegedly found in his Craig Street, Campbellville home. Gomes appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to having 24.4 grams of cocaine in his possession for

Mark Gomes the purpose of trafficking, on September 9, 2022. He was represented by attorney-at-law Siand Dhurjon, who made an application for reason-

able bail. The Chief Magistrate released Gomes on $200,000 bail and adjourned the matter until October 3. According to a release from the Customs AntiNarcotics Unit (CANU), Gomes, along with his father, Andre Gomes called ‘Zipper’, who owns D&D Pawn Shop, was arrested during a drug operation on September 9, at Lots 32 and 34 Craig Street. During the search, CANU officers discovered a wooden shed on

one of the properties. The ranks found two red cylinders containing several cocaine packets stashed inside the shed’s floorboard. The defendant’s father is still in custody as the

investigation is ongoing. In 2018, he was convicted of drug trafficking following a trial before the Chief Magistrate. He was sentenced to four years in prison together with a $6 million

fine for trafficking almost five pounds of cocaine in gas bottles. However, he appealed that sentencing and conviction. He is currently out on bail pending the hearing of his appeal.


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Curry wanted Warriors reunion with 'misunderstood' Durant STEPHEN Curry has revealed the Golden State Warriors discussed the possibility of re-signing Kevin Durant – a move their superstar point guard would have welcomed. Durant appeared set to be on the move this offseason after requesting a trade away from the Brooklyn Nets. The former NBA MVP joined the Nets after leaving the Warriors in 2019, where he had spent three seasons playing alongside Curry, reaching the Finals in each year and winning two titles and two Finals MVP awards. Curry and Durant won 131 of the 168 regular season games they played together (78.0 per cent), so it was perhaps no surprise the idea of a reunion appealed to the Golden State stalwart. Ultimately, the Nets announced they had "agreed to move forward with our partnership" with Durant, but Curry has detailed his thought-process as the saga played out. In an interview with Rolling Stone, conducted in August for the October issue, Curry said: "There was a conversation internally amongst us about, 'If he was available, would you?' "Every team has those conversations, and obviously in our situation, they're going to call me and ask me, 'How do you feel about it?' "I was never hesitant. The idea of playing with

Stephen Curry (left) and Kevin Durant

KD and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in those three years, I think KD's a really good dude. "I think he is misunderstood. I think he has had certain things happen in his life that hurt his ability to trust people around him, in a sense of making him feel safe at all times. "So all of those things I understand, having played with him and gotten to know him. I love that dude. "And if you said, 'Oh, KD's coming back, and we're going to play with him'... I had so much fun playing with him those three years, I'd be like, 'hell, yeah!' "Then you have to think: what does that actually mean? What does it look like? You tell me I'm playing with [Warriors teammates Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Draymond

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GFF concludes successful Summer Futsal Festival …More than 200 children benefit from sessions THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has successfully concluded its Summer Futsal Festival, with more than 200 children participating in weekly sessions made possible by a ground-breaking programme partnership with the Guyana Beverages Inc and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. According to a release from the GFF, a unique private-public sector initiative, the GFF Kool Kidz Summer Futsal Festival was staged across six Saturdays at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, enabling girls and boys between the ages of five and ten to experience the joy of football in a safe, age-appropriate professional coaching environment. Underlining the success of the first phase of the festival, the three parties have agreed to stage the programme every year, including the development of an under-11 futsal tournament. “I am very elated, the programme is a first in Guyana, and the Guyana Beverages Inc is happy to be a part

of it,” said Guyana Beverages Inc General Manager, Samuel Arjoon. “But, more important than that are the young kids who have been exposed to football; we want to see this programme running for the next four years, and we want to see you all again next year.” GFF president Wayne Forde said he had been impressed by the support given to the programme by parents, which had enabled the sessions to achieve the desired positive impact in Guyana. “This is nothing short of an extraordinary experience for the GFF, the Guyana Beverages Inc, the Government of Guyana and the young boys and girls from the community. What struck me and our technical team is the level of talent we saw. We really have a good platform to build on.” One satisfied parent, Deji Aderemi, pointed out that he looked forward to attending the festival every week. “It’s a wonderful programme, it gives kids the opportunity to express their talent and love for football. It’s a window

for kids to come together to sharpen their skills and develop their passion for football.” Deji’s son, Joshua, described the experience as exciting and fun. “It was a good experience to play with different players from all around Guyana,” he said. The sessions were managed by the GFF Technical Department, with senior men’s national team assistant coach, Wayne Dover playing an instrumental role. Dover shared that more than 200 children participated over the six weekly sessions. “It was remarkable. This programme is a step in the right direction because it helps us see the next generation of players from the grassroot level. The parents are very upbeat and did not want this programme to stop.” The futsal initiative builds on an existing collaboration between the GFF and the Guyana Beverages Inc, launched in 2018, to run weekly grassroot sessions with qualified coaches for young children across Guyana.

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had said after her franchise’s WCPL victory that she was impressed by the performances of both McLean and 24-year-old Grimmond who made her West Indies debut in 2019. Meantime, Mandy Mangru and Kaysia Schultz have also joined the players in Antigua for a ten-day training camp led by Head Coach Courtney Walsh. Browne-John said the New Zealand series in which the teams will play three CG United One Day Internationals (ODIs) is very important. “….Not only because it starts a new cycle, but also because it is part of the preparation leading towards the T20 World Cup in South Africa,” she explained. A match-day squad of 13 players will be selected ahead of each CG United ODI. For the CG United ODI

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Series, West Indies will be looking to build on the progress after reaching the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year. The team will then look to the five-match T20 Internationals series from September 25 to October 6 as part of their preparations for the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in January. FULL SQUAD: Hayley Matthews (captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Jannillea Glasgow, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams.


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Bumrah and Harshal return to India squad for T20 World Cup ...Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel part of the squad going to Australia in October has been picked for the South Bumrah INDIA will have a fullstrength fast-bowling attack to take to Australia for the T20 World Cup with the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel. They've also placed a considerable amount of trust in young Arshdeep Singh, who only made his India debut in July 2022, but has been picked ahead of the likes of Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami, who only find a place in the reserves. India have, over the past few months, been investing heavily in super specialists. Arshdeep fits into this category having displayed exceptional skills as a death bowler in the IPL. In fact, last season, with a minimum of 40 balls bowled between overs 17 and 20, only Bumrah managed a better economy rate than the 23-year-old left-arm quick. And that too by a mere 0.2 points: 7.38 vs 7.58. A lot of the squad picked themselves, including the top four of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. India then turned to their allrounders with Deepak Hooda's ability to provide a few overs of offspin pushing him into the main squad ahead of other contenders like Shreyas Iyer, who only found a place among the stand-bys. Hooda is another of the bolters in the squad. He too played his first game for India in 2022, following a breakout season with Lucknow Super Giants for whom he made 451 runs at a strike rate of 136.66. Although his sample size is smaller - nine innings as opposed to 14 in the last IPL - in international cricket,

Fast bowlers Harshal Patel (left) and Jasprit Bumrah

he has pushed that strike rate up to 155.85. Hooda's presence may also have become necessary with India losing Ravindra Jadeja to a knee injury. Axar Patel takes over the role of lead left-arm spinner in the squad but it remains to be seen if that means he gets a place in the India XI. At the Asia Cup, where Jadeja picked up the injury, the team management preferred Hooda's batting ability over Axar's Dinesh Karthik, meanwhile, has forced the selectors to make his "dream come true" by taking his game as a finisher to a whole new level. At IPL 2022, where he first began to make his case for inclusion, he had a death-overs strike rate of 220. Among batters who faced at least 50 balls between overs 17 and 20, only Jos Buttler (236.53) fared better. Karthik has shown sparks of the same ability in India colours as well, notably against West Indies in July when he came in to bat in the 15th over, with the score only 127 for 5, and took it up to 190 for 6.

The 37-year-old who hadn't played any T20Is between February 2019 and June 2022 will now turn up for his third T20 World Cup, and may well be only survivor from those that played the inaugural edition way back in 2007. Yuzvendra Chahal, the top wicket-taker from the last IPL, will lead India's spin attack with support from R Ashwin. Ravi Bishnoi is among the reserves. All teams can make changes to their T20 World Cup squads until the first match they play, which in India's case is on October 23 SHAMI RETURNS FOR HOME T20IS AGAINST AUSTRALIA AND SA While most of India's players have recent cricket to back them up, one of their reserves seems to have been picked based on reputation (and a solid one at that). Shami has not played anything since the end of the white-ball series against England in mid-July, but has been called up for the home T20Is against both Australia and South Africa that start on

September 20 and has been placed on standby for the T20 World Cup. In IPL 2022, Shami was central to Gujarat Titans winning the title in their first season, claiming 20 wickets in 16 matches. Among Indian fast bowlers only Umran Malik (22), who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had more. Allrounder Hardik Pandya and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar are part of the squad for the T20Is against Australia, but have been rested for the following series against South Africa. Arshdeep, meanwhile, has been rested for the Australia T20Is, but

Africa T20I series - India's last before the T20 World Cup. Chahar was picked for both bilateral series. "Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be reporting to the NCA for conditioning-related work during the course of the home series against Australia and South Africa," a BCCI media release said. India squad for Australia T20Is: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit

India squad for South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah. India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh. (Cricinfo)

England wrap up Test series in 5.3 overs on fifth morning ENGLAND took all first of the season of 5.3 overs on the scored the winning final morning of the runs with a firm third Test, in London, punch through the to wrap up the forcovers for four, and malities and march the hosts marched to a comfortable to the easy win in nine-wicket victory under half an hour. over South Africa, The third Test had thereby completing a Zak Crawley (right) and Ollie Pope celelost the opening thumping come-from- brate the moment of victory at The Oval day to rain and behind 2-1 series win. (Getty Images) saw play being When bad light suspended the folviewed a LBW call, origiforced stumps early on lowing morning Day 4, England needed only nally turned down on-field, due to the passing of the 33 more, and despite losing to find a consolation wicket Queen. Alex Lees in the third over for the visitors. England have picked (Final scores: England up the six points from the of the morning, were always 158 & 130/1 (Zak Crawley game, but remain put on poised to clinch the trophy. The opener was offered 69*, Alex Lees 39; Kagiso seventh spot in the Test two reprieves in the space Rabada 1-57) beat South Championship rankings of three deliveries, with the Africa 110 and 169 by 9 and likewise, South Africa outside edges evading field- wickets). (72) are still second, beZak Crawley, who hit a hind Australia (84). (Cricers in the first two overs. Kagiso Rabada finally re- 36-ball fifty yesterday - his buzz)


Alcaraz triumph previews next chapter of men’s tennis

NEW YORK- (Reuters) — When Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer eventually loosen their stranglehold on the grand slams, pundits may view Carlos Alcaraz’s US Open victory on Sunday as heralding the changing of the guard in men’s tennis. Having earned his reputation as one of the fiercest competitors among a hungry group of young challengers to the “big three” Alcaraz’s win over Casper Ruud not only brought the 19-year-old Spaniard a first major title but also saw him become the youngest world No 1 in ATP history. His two-week journey in New York saw him collide with a host of other rising stars, offering the promise of exciting rivalries for fans to enjoy for many years to come. He battled 21-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal that did not finish until nearly 3am before surviving another five-setter against 24-yearold American Frances Tiafoe, who became the first black American man to make the semis of the tournament since Arthur Ashe in 1972. On Sunday “Carlitos” avoided another punishing five-set match but still had to be at his athletic best to score a 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over 23-year-old Norwegian Ruud, who rises to No 2 in the world behind Alcaraz. The Spaniard’s coach,

U.S. Open - Flushing Meadows, New York, United States - September 11, 2022 Spain's Carlos Alcaraz celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open REUTERS/ Mike Segar

former world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, said there is no shortage of talent on the men’s Tour but he came away from Alcaraz’s quarterfinal against Sinner thinking the pair could dominate for the next decade. “The other day I said that maybe Sinner and Carlos could dominate the Tour for maybe the next 10 years, from what I saw, the level that I saw the other day,” he said. “Of course, there’s another players like [Alexander] Zverev, [Dominic] Thiem, Casper, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, they’re going to be there, they’re going to have opportunities to win grand slams for sure.” Also making headlines at Flushing Meadows was fiery 27-year-old Australian Nick

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Kyrgios, who had reached the Wimbledon final and knocked then world No 1 Daniil Medvedev out in the fourth round in New York. But while the rising stars command more of the spotlight and help attract a younger and more diverse fan base to the sport, it would be premature to say the landscape has shifted. Nadal won the first two grand slams of the year at Melbourne Park and Roland Garros. Three-time US Open champion Djokovic, who was not able to travel to New York having chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19, won Wimbledon. The “big three” had won 20 of the last 23 majors coming into Sunday's final and finished top of the world rankings in 17 of the past 18 years. While the 41-year-old Federer's future in the sport remains uncertain, Nadal, 36, is 38-5 this year and Djokovic will be hungry to match or surpass the Spaniard’s record 22 grand slam titles when the new season begins next year. For ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe, however, the tide is starting to turn. “It’s remarkable to watch Alcaraz play this game, how he’s elevated the tempo of this game along with Sinner and Tiafoe and other young guys,” he said on Sunday. “To me it really is the start, it’s not the finish, but it’s the start of the real changing of the guard in men’s tennis.

GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday September 13, 2022

Boucher to step down as SA head coach after T20 World Cup SOUTH Africa men's head coach Mark Boucher will step down from the role after this winter's T20 World Cup. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said 45-year-old Boucher, who oversaw a 2-1 Test series defeat by England, wants to "pursue other opportunities" and would not be seeing out his contract. Boucher took over in 2019 and has led the Proteas to second in the World Test Championship table. The T20 World Cup runs from 16 October until 13 November in Australia. "Mark is a Proteas legend

and has done so much for the game in our country, both on the field and over the last three years off it, which we highly appreciate," said CSA director of cricket Enoch Nkwe. "He has built a sound platform for South Africa to flourish in all three formats and I'm sure we will see the results of that at the T20 World Cup. "He has a settled squad, one that is growing in confidence and we look forward to watching them in their important series in India before they head to Australia."(BBC Sport)

Mark Boucher took over as head coach in 2019

New Zealand leave Australia frustrated again MELBOURNE(Reuters)-A despondent New Zealand face a period of introspection on home soil after a stinging white-ball series loss against Australia rocked the Black Caps' confidence ahead of the T20 World Cup.

the T20 World Cup in October, Kane Williamson's team have yet to find a way to beat the defending champions in their own backyard. It was “a pretty frustrated dressing room last night”, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead told reporters on

Black Caps coach Gary Stead

Australia's 25-run victory in the third ODI in Cairns on Sunday completed a 3-0 series sweep after New Zealand squandered winning positions in the first two matches. New Zealand's last win over Australia in any format was back in 2011, when they grabbed a seven-run win in a Hobart Test. With Australia set to host

Monday. “The guys are disappointed and we're frustrated to think of having opportunities in all three matches and not getting over the line,” he added. The Black Caps, beaten by Australia in last year's T20 World Cup final in the United Arab Emirates, notched their first T20 and one-day series

wins away to the West Indies last month after bullying Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands on white-ball tours. However, they have plenty of concerns as they struggle to regenerate after the loss of key personnel to retirement and the lure of lucrative T20 leagues. No New Zealand batsman managed a half-century through the Chappell-Hadlee series and selectors will fret over how to replace pace spearhead Trent Boult over the long-term after his decision to relinquish his central contract. Boult, who was the top wicket-taker against Australia with 10 victims in the ODI series, will continue to play for his country but have a “significantly reduced role”, New Zealand Cricket said last month. He will be available for selection for T20 World Cup warm-ups against Pakistan and Bangladesh starting Oct. 8 in Christchurch. “He's been a fine bowler and still is a fine bowler for New Zealand and that showed through this series against Australia as well,” said Stead. “If Trent is there then I think we look like a stronger team but we have to make some decisions around what that looks like for us going forward as well, because we do have to keep developing our depth.”


GUYANA CHRONICLE, Tuesday September 13, 2022

Softball teams remember late cricket stalwart Vish Jadunauth SEEN as a pioneer of softball cricket in Toronto, Canada, the late Jainauth “Vish” Jadunauth was fittingly and fondly remembered at a Memorial Day celebration, held at Dean Park, Scarborough, on Sunday. The celebration, organised by All Stars and Remax All Stars softball teams and which was attended by hundreds, featured a cricket match between the said teams which Jadunauth played prominent roles in and led the latter up to the time of his passing in February this year. Among those paying glowing tributes to Jadunauth during the presentation ceremony were long-standing friends Kenny Girdharry and Albert Ramcharran, who were credited with being the founding members of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) in 1996 and Shiv Misir, owner of Remax All Stars, which compete in the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Over-50 tournament. According to Girdharry, the turn out at Sunday’s event was a massive testament to how many people Jadunauth associated with. He referred to the formation of the OSCL in 1996 and the several vacations spent abroad with himself, Jadunauh and Ramcharran. Touching on Jadunauth’s executive skills, Gird-

ited with being in the top echelons of the Scarborough Cricket Association for the past 20 years and was its Chief Financial Officer up until the time of his death, having served in that post for several terms. Junior Co-ordinator of the Ontario Cricket Association (OCA), Jadunauth, was a qualified West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA)-trained umpire while also versed in the area of scoring.

Participants from both teams strike a pose following the completion of the game

harry said he was known to always stick to the rules. “Vish will continue to live in our hearts and we will cherish those memories.” Ramcharran pointed out that himself and Jadunuath were friends for over 30 years and also became business partners. “He was even closer than my brothers and shared conversations every day,” an obviously emotional Ramcharran, holding back tears, declared. Krishna Sarju, a close relative of Jadunauth, said it felt like only yesterday his dearly beloved cousin had passed away. He thanked those present for the support, while pointing out that “Vish still lives in our hearts and has been the missing link ever since he died.”

Jadunauth’s widow, Sandra, also thanked everyone for attending Sunday’s function, reminding them that her late husband was genuinely loved by many people. She boasted that he was a good organiser, executive and manager and his memories will live on forever. Brother Pete said he had mixed emotions celebrating the life of his brother but it was an occasion to celebrate what he (Vish) loved. Tokens of appreciation in the form of plaques were presented to Misir and Ravi Persaud in recognition of their sponsorship, commitment and dedication to softball cricket. In response, Misir said he was willing to make the memorial game an annual affair with sponsor-

ship for the trophy coming from him. On the game itself, Team Bharrat got the better of Team Vish, inflicting a six-wicket victory over their opponents. Led by a flambouyant 70 (retired) from Shiv Misir, Team Vish reached a challenging 150 for seven in their allotted 20 overs. Misir’s knock included two fours and seven sixes. Clifton Yakoob took two for 12. Team Bharrat reached the target in 15 overs with consistent scores coming from Jerry Persaud (34), Marcel Arokium (33) and Charlie Yakoob (30 not out). Just shy of his 61st birthday when he passed away, Jadunauth was a tower of strength in both hardball

Krishna Sarju, cousin of the late Vish Jadunauth, hands over the winner’s trophy to Team Bharrat’s skipper, Kenny Girdharry

and softball administration. A founding member of the OSCL, he served in various executive positions, including Co-ordinator before exiting in 2019. Jadunauth is also cred-

He was also the treasurer of the Canada Cricket Umpires Association (CCUA), and officiated in matches throughout Ontario. (Frederick Halley)

McLean, Grimmond return to Windies ODI squad for series against New Zealand ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Natasha McLean and rightarm off-break bowler Sheneta Grimmond have returned to the West Indies Women’s team as part of the 17-member provisional squad announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday for the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand, on the back of impressive performances in two recent tournaments. CWI said selectors took into consideration performances in the Skyexch 6ixty

Right-arm off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond

and the Massy Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL) tournaments in de-

ciding who would be part of the Hayley Matthews-led squad for the September 1622 series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. “With a few senior players unavailable at this time, for different reasons, like the experienced Anisa Mohammed, Kycia Knight, and recently retired Deandra Dottin, the selectors were still able to get a blend of senior and developing players including Under-19 player Jannillea Glasgow and returning players Natasha McLean and Sheneta Grimmond,” said CWI’s Lead Selector

Natasha McClean is making a return to the West Indies Women ODI squad

for women’s cricket, Ann Browne-John. “Ultimately, we believe that captain Hayley Matthews, in her first series, will have a promising squad of players to start building with.” McLean, 27, who made her West Indies debut in 2012, last played for West Indies in September 2020 when the Caribbean women played England Women in a T20I series. Her last ODI match was against India Women a year prior, in November 2019. The Jamaican was also (Turn to page 20)

Girls and Boys show off their GFF Kool Kidz summer festival medals with the GFF technical team, led by Coach Wayne Dover

GFF concludes successful Summer Futsal Festival 20 PAGE

…More than 200 children benefit from sessions

Second batch of tickets for Hero CPL knockout matches goes on sale today THE second batch of tickets for the Hero Caribbean Premier League knockout matches, including tickets for the final, will be going on sale at the Box Office at 233-234 Camp Street, Georgetown, from 09:00hrs today, September 13. All of these matches will take place at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence from September 27-30, 2022. Tickets will be on sale for the following fixtures: 10:00am, September, 27: Qualifier 1 – 1st place vs 2nd place 7:00pm, September, 27: Eliminator – 3rd place vs 4th place 7:00pm, September, 27: Qualifier 2 – Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 7:00pm, September, 30: Hero CPL final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 Tickets purchased from unauthorized sellers will be voided and will not be accepted at the stadium. Fans are also reminded never to buy printouts of e-tickets from third party sellers; these will not be accepted for entry. Fans who try to purchase more than the allowed limits by making multiple orders risk having their orders being cancelled in full.

GFF president, Wayne Forde (left) and Guyana Beverages Inc. General Manager, Samuel Arjoon, celebrate the successful conclusion of the Kool Kidz futsal festival

Patriots batting a worry in defeat to Kings GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC )– St Kitts and Nevis Patriots looked anything but defending champions as brittle batting sent them to a heavy 61-run defeat to St Lucia Kings here Sunday night. In a repeat of last year’s Caribbean Premier League final, Patriots collapsed for exactly 100 off 19 overs in pursuit of 162 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, to suffer their third defeat in six games. Captain Evin Lewis struck a nine-ball 24 while Darren Bravo grafted 20 from 25 deliveries in contrast, to be the only two batsmen to pass 20. Patriots have registered only one victory with two of their matches abandoned as no-results, and they lie fourth on four points. For their part, Kings climbed to third but also on four points, having lost four games in the near two-week-old campaign. Sent in, Kings were propelled by captain Faf du Plessis’s 60 off 35 balls as they rallied to 161 for nine off their 20 overs. The South African provided the innings with a flying start, lashing three fours and five sixes and posting 86 for the first wicket with the in-form Johnson Charles who punched 41 off 32 balls with four fours and a brace of sixes, to become the third player for the tournament to surpass 200 runs. Once Charles failed to clear long on in the ninth over and holed out off South African pacer Dwaine Pretorius (3-37), wickets fell steadily to leave Kings scrambling to pass 150. The odds were always stacked against Patriots when their leading run-getter Andre Fletcher fell to the fourth ball of the chase without a run on the board, holing out to deep mid-wicket off 20-year-old former Young West Indies seamer Matthew Forde (3-19).Lewis counter-attacked with three fours and two sixes to dominate a 28-run, second-wicket stand with Dewald Brevis (11) before Bravo and Sherfane Rutherford (9) put on a further 27 for the fourth. But medium pacer David Wiese weighed in with the ball with three for 17 as Patriots lost their last seven wickets for 34 runs.

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