Small businesses will receive 20 percent of public contracts.

Tuesday, November, 29, 2016 Source

The Government of Guyana will enforce a requirement that every endeavour will be made to ensure that at least 20 percent of public contracts are awarded to small businesses. This will ensure a level playing field in bidding for Government contracts.

This was stated by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, as he delivered the Government’s 2017 National Budget valued $250M on Monday in the National Assembly.

Minister Jordan said the Government’s interventions towards the promotion of a healthier and more diverse business environment not only focuses on companies and firms, but also on the empowerment of individuals and the facilitation of small and micro-enterprise, while expanding existing programmes aimed at fostering youth entrepreneurship.

The management of industrial estates will be centralised under the Ministry of Business, which is expected to result in more effective monitoring and appropriate zoning in 2017.

The Finance Minister said that focus will also be placed on analysing the outputs of the occupants of the industrial estates, to ensure greater value-added production and achievement of job creation targets.

An initial $95M has been set aside for the establishment of two business incubators at the Belvedere and Lethem Industrial Estates.

The Finance Minister said  to reinforce and continue to promote economic structure, the Ministry of Business launched its 2015-2020 Strategic Action Plan, which focuses on improving the ease of doing business, attracting increased foreign investment, supporting the development and export of value-added industries, increased economic opportunities for and capabilities of vulnerable groups, and increased capacity to develop and promote sustainable business-friendly policies.

Minister Jordan said the establishment and growth of small and micro-enterprises will continue to be supported through a suite of programmes, including the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED), which provides business grants and training for vulnerable groups.

Additionally, the Micro and Small Enterprise Development (MSED) project will continue with its financing and training and development activities, targeting a prospective 660 clients.

The Small Business Bureau (SBB) will be extending its reach into educational institutions to expose students to entrepreneurial initiatives and skills. This new venture will include a competition which will see at least 10 students receiving grants to start their own business, Jordan explained to the National Assembly.

By Gabreila Patram

Original Post

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Drugb posted:

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

Danyael posted:
Drugb posted:

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

Giving, or retaining contracts for small businesses is a good thing. Its the handful of few wealthy businessmen who normally have the influence and wealth to grab everything. Some competition is good and small businesses may not have the resources but they have the determination to do well. Hope this works for them....and hope they do this without looking at race as a criteria. 

Danyael posted:

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

You don't know my family well enough to make such remarks. Speak to the fact that Blacks don't have the resources to compete for these contracts as they don't the resources. You yourself along with CaribJ fled the scene when Granger came looking for investors. 

Danyael posted:
Drugb posted:

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

PAVEMENT VENDORS!!PAVEMENT VENDORS!! WHAT SO WRONG WITH THAT. They make a decent living.

kp posted:
Danyael posted:
Drugb posted:

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

PAVEMENT VENDORS!!PAVEMENT VENDORS!! WHAT SO WRONG WITH THAT. They make a decent living.

Like the Indians they need to be taught how to advance beyond pavement vending into small business status. But caribJ et al are too proud to seek the advice of successful small Indian business people. 

Drugb posted:
kp posted:
Danyael posted:
Drugb posted:

The vast majority of small businesses are Indian and Chinese owned. It looks like these jackasses really want to give these contracts to Blacks but they will have a hard time if they expect  a Black pavement vendor to have to knowledge and resources to fulfill contracts. 

Your family were worse than pavement dwellers. They were among many in the "horrible" trades  shit carriers.  Up to the 50's most did not think schooling was necessary and never educated girls. To day you extol their virtues as thinkers! Reflect on that when you speak of pavement vendors. It speaks to your chronic doltishness.

PAVEMENT VENDORS!!PAVEMENT VENDORS!! WHAT SO WRONG WITH THAT. They make a decent living.

Like the Indians they need to be taught how to advance beyond pavement vending into small business status. But caribJ et al are too proud to seek the advice of successful small Indian business people. 

Caribj is the only smart negro in the world.

Hope is not "small business" like this.  Joe Singh is one man I respect.  It is good that he could work for all governments.

Dear Editor,
On Monday, October 17, 2016, I informed the relevant regulatory and enforcement agencies of the serious degradation being done to the banks of the Potaro and Essequibo Rivers between Tumatumari and Omai as a result of irresponsible gold dredging activities. I submitted the photographic evidence and was informed that action will be taken to deal with obvious breaches of the regulations. On Sunday, November 27, 2016, while on an aerial reconnaissance over Regions 7 and 8, I observed that the indiscriminate mining of river banks and also the dumping of tailings in the channels were not confined to the Potaro and Essequibo Rivers, but were taking place in the middle Cuyuni (just below the confluence of the Ekereku River with the Cuyuni River), in the Wenamu River (on both the Guyana and Venezuela banks), in the Ekereku River (opposite the Ekereku Airstrip), and in the middle Mazaruni River (below Tamakay Landing).
The situation in the Potaro and Essequibo Rivers has also worsened. I have photographs to this effect of mining activities on the right and left banks of the Potaro River and on the left bank of the Essequibo River by Omai Landing. Mining activities on the right bank of the Potaro River, downstream of Tumatumari, November 27, 2016. Other photographs I have also show the heavy sediment loading of the Cuyuni River (from the cumulative impact of mining activities in the upper Cuyuni located in Venezuela, and in the middle and lower Cuyuni River in Guyana) at its confluence with the Mazaruni River by Kartabu Point.
Surely, the regulatory and law enforcement agencies, some of which actually have personnel deployed within striking distance of the impacted areas, cannot be unaware of these breaches. Added to the mining illegalities are the build-up of detritus (human waste and abandoned mining camps and equipment), indiscriminate dumping of tailings proving to be hazards to navigation in the rivers, deterioration of the quality of fresh water for downstream communities, and the degradation of aquatic life.
The impacts of the mining activities on river banks such as on the left bank of the Cuyuni River below Ankoko Island, and on the river channel of the Wenamu River also have strategic implications as these apply to the delineation of the international border. The contribution of the gold mining community to the development of Guyana and Guyanese is undeniable. The pioneering efforts, courage, risk-taking and technological advances initiated by miners and services providers in the mining sector, are to be applauded. However, mining operations in our rivers or contiguous land areas have to be compliant with the regulations, including those relating to the health and safety of mining crews and downstream communities and for the sustainability of ecosystems and services.
I had reported to the authorities on aberrations in the gold mining operations in our rivers and contiguous land areas six weeks ago. I have not seen any evidence of any reduction of these breaches but more alarmingly, I have witnessed the escalation of breaches and on a much wider scale. Through this medium, I am appealing to the mining community, the regulatory and enforcement agencies and the affected communities to work collaboratively to put a stop to this madness which, if unchecked, will contradict our efforts at sustainable development through a green economic pathway, compromise our stewardship of Guyana’s natural capital, and undermine the integrity of our legacy to future generations.
Joseph G Singh
Major General (retd)

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