Dominic Gaskin, former Minister of Business, has been named the new Chairman of the Small Business Council.
In an August 24, 2019 edition of The Official Gazette, Government announced the new board, effective from July 1, 2019 to serve for a period of one year.
In May, the David Grang- er-led APNU+AFC Coalition government created a new position to accommodate the rehiring of Gaskin, who had served as Minister of Business. Gaskin, Granger’s son-in-law, was been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Ministry of Business.
Gaskin’s new position as Chairman of the Small Business Council is seen as a more lucrative post.
The full scope of Gaskin’s salary, perks and other benefits has not been made public. Gaskin was among the dual citizens who resigned as Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) effective April 25, 2019, in compliance with an interpretation of Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana by the Courts – the first time such an interpretation was given.
Article 155 (1) states that:
“No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”