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Public Advisory to Poultry Importers

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority has advised that the importation of poultry originating from the United States of America is temporarily suspended. This is due to the prevalence of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in some parts of the USA, which poses significant health risks to Guyana.

The situation continues to be monitored by the GLDA who will advise further. The Ministry of Business will also continue to update Importers with regards to this issue as more information becomes available.

Nicola Namdeo
Director of Commerce

“Government willing and ready to engage the Private Sector on matters related to Guyana’s economy”

These are the sentiments echoed by Guyana’s Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin as he addressed participants on the final day of the inaugural Guyana Oil and Gas Conference taking place at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.

In his presentation the Minister sought to address the challenges facing Guyana’s economy and to share his perspective on where oil fits in the grand scheme of things.

He assured those gathered that his government prioritizes the interest of the Guyanese people and the development of the economy.

Offering reasons for Guyana’s current economic state of affairs, the Minister pointed to the “illusionary economy” that hindered the development of Guyana’s productive sectors and side-lined legitimate businesses. He also pointed to the previous lack of focus on value-added production but stressed his government’s support for “key value-added sectors such as agro-processing, wood products, jewellery, ICT and tourism.”

The Minister continued, ‘we will engage these sectors meaningfully on the challenges they face in becoming competitive producers or service providers. And we will assist in reducing those challenges. Our value-added sectors will get the support from our government that they need to grow and develop”.

At this point the Minister informed the gathering of a project which will be undertaken by the Ministry of Business to develop an export promotion strategy for Guyana.

The Minster acknowledged that the challenges of the private sector must be addressed with appropriate solutions if Guyana’s many business opportunities are to be exploited, and so he assured those present of government’s readiness and willingness to engage the private sector.  The private sector he said, is key to setting Guyana on a sustainable economic path, supported by government’s policies, laws and regulations.

 

Addressing Guyana’s preparedness for oil, the Minister stressed that it is necessary to develop other sectors so as to ensure that Guyana does not become absorbed in oil nor overly dependent on the resource. He asserted that food security is more important than oil for Guyana.

The Minister concluded his presentation by acknowledging that the oil industry is good for Guyana in more ways than one and that it brings with it many best practices that can be transferred to domestic industries.

The oil and gas conference was hosted by the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA).

 

 

Full remarks will be uploaded to the site

Vacancy – Special Projects Officer

JOB TITLE: SPECIAL PROJECTS OFFICER
REPORTS TO: MINISTER
MINISTRY/DEPARTMENT: MINISTER’S SECRETARIAT, MINISTRY OF BUSINESS
 
PURPOSE:
·         To assist with the development of projects for funding for the Ministry as well the development of investor- ready project portfolios
·         To provide research material on projects relating to the work of the Ministry and to give advice thereon.
·         To follow up and provide information on administrative and other matters delegated by the Minister in a timely manner.
 
KEY OUTPUTS:
·         Profiles of projects for implementation by the Ministry of Business and its agencies
·         Project proposals to maximize funding opportunities
·         Investor-ready portfolio of projects
·         Registry of projects undertaken by other government agencies and identification of opportunities for synergies
·         Reports on meetings, conferences and periodic reviews of specific projects undertaken by the Ministry.
RANGE OF ACTIVITIES:
·         Helps to coordinate preparatory work for financing of specific projects identified by external funding agencies.
·         Prepares or assists in preparing, and presents proposals for special projects to be funded.
·         Collects, maintains, reports on and publishes data regarding project activities.
·         In collaboration with the Communications Officer, designs and implements public information and educational programs and conducts public consultations concerning special projects.
·         Monitors special projects and project proposals and ensures that findings are applied, implemented, and documented.
·         Works closely with local authorities to identify areas for project development
·         Attends select meetings on behalf of the Minister.
·         Performs other duties as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
·         Degree/Diploma in Public, Business Administration, Project management, Management Studies or equivalent
PLUS
·         A minimum of three years administrative experience.
 
COMMUNICATIONS:
The incumbent is required to communicate at the highest level on behalf of the Minister as such a good grasp of the English language with special emphasis on oral and written communication is desirable.
 
DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING AND IMPACT ON RESULTS
Subject to consultation with the Minister, the incumbent can make decisions on a variety of matters relating to the execution of the tasks assigned. The incumbent works closely with colleagues and personnel in external agencies and such interfacing can lead to better decision-making.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
Responsible for managing relationships, documents and any other resource assigned to his care.
COMPENSATION:
The incumbent is compensated in accordance with the Public Service GS10 Salary scale
WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal Working Conditions.

Vacancy – Business Liaison Officer

Business Liaison Officer 

PURPOSE:

To manage relationships between the Minister of Business and the business community.

KEY OUTPUTS:

  • Develop and maintain contact information of key businesses in Guyana and those who have been in contact with Minister
  • Daily policy advice for the Minister on issues of immediate concern to businesses
  • Verbal and written briefings on government information provided directly to businesses
  • Develop strategies and programmes to allow the Minister and the Ministry to more effectively co-ordinate and engage with  the business community
  • Assist with drafting content for speeches and presentations

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES:

  • Meet with businesses on behalf of Minister, in order to transmit concerns, ideas, and other communications
  • Attend and assist with creating events of key interest to businesses
  • Advise the Minister of immediate issues facing businesses
  • Assist to oversee the preparation and distribution of materials providing relevant information to businesses
  • Summarize media reports on individual businesses for the Minister’s information
  • All other relevant activities to help businesses ensure that their concerns are heard by the Minister in an appropriate and actionable way, and to help the Minister to effectively serve the business community

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A relevant university degree and ideally an MBA, with at least2 years of experience working closely with a range of senior staff in the business sector
  • Excellent skills of writing, presentation and communication
  • Strong understanding of the private sector, ideally with an extensive network of existing contacts at high levels in major companies
  • Competent in the use of information technology

DECISION-MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING AND IMPACT ON RESULTS

The business liaison officer would normally be the first point of contact with businesses, and his/her activities would therefore be critical to ensuring that the concerns of businesses are heard and can be acted on.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Responsible for managing relationships and documents

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal working conditions

PREPARED BY: Minister of Business

 

Vacancy – Communications Officer

Communications  Officer

PURPOSE:

To manage the internal and external communications of the Minister Secretariat, in order to maximize the Ministry’s ability to communicate effectively with businesses, the general public and other state agencies.

KEY OUTPUTS:

  • High quality press releases and other media content Guide the development of formats for letters, advertisement or other content for the Ministry of Business, in collaboration with other staff
  • Prepare circulars and memoranda for communication to departments, agencies and staff of the Ministry
  • Updated communication records including press file and database of media contacts

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES:

  • Manage media enquiries and public relations of the Minister

Write press releases and draft content for news articles, other media items, and internal communications

  • Maximize media coverage for Minister and other staff by arranging and facilitating successful interviews and other activities
  • Develop strong relationships with the media, and be able to serve as spokesperson for the Ministry where relevant
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance communication across the Ministry, working closely with any staff working on communications projects
  • Supervise consultants working on projects related to communications, such as website
  • Approve and monitor content for the Ministry’s website
  • Other activities to enhance the effectiveness of Ministry communications as determined by the Minister

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A relevant university degree
  • At least 2years of relevant experience in communications, ideally for the business media or as communications officer in the public or private sectors
  • Advanced writing and editing skills
  • Experience writing content for newsletters, magazines and official letters
  • Excellent understanding of how to maximize media opportunities to advance the interests of businesses in Guyana
  • Excellent leaderships and negotiation skills
  • Good knowledge of information technology
  • Good knowledge of protocol in government and business sectors

DECISION-MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING AND IMPACT ON RESULTS

The communications officer would often be the first point of contact with the media, and therefore their activities would have a major impact on how the Ministry of Business is perceived. Errors in communication could lead to the public misunderstanding the role and programmes for Ministry.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Responsible for creating files of press clippings, media contacts, and Ministry publications. May be responsible for communications budget and supervising consultants or other projects to enhance communciations.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal working conditions

PREPARED BY: Minister of Business

LIAT Executives pay Courtesy Call on Minister Gaskin

On Monday January 30, 2017, Executives of regional airline LIAT paid a courtesy call on Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin.

The team which earlier met with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, sought the Minister’s views on matters related to regional air transportation.

 

Minister Dominic Gaskin[R] with Ms. Julie Reifer-Jones, CEO(ag) and Capt. Senhouse of LIAT

The Minister of Business who also has responsibility for tourism development in Guyana emphasized the link between tourism development and reliable transportation in the region.

He disclosed that all the aggressive marketing of the country would not bear any fruit if there is no corresponding transportation network to get tourists to the destination efficiently.

The Minister pointed out that Guyana, known for its rich bio-diversity and eco-tourism, is an excellent complement to the rest of the CARICOM region’s sun and sand tourism, therefore the need exists for multi-destination options. He stressed that there needs to be more options for travelers, better connections and reliability in order to support Guyana’s tourism development drive.

Destination Guyana represents a very important market for LIAT and one that the company is keen on growing.

Minister Gaskin meets UN Representatives to Discuss Guyana-UN 2017 Country Implementation Plan

On Thursday January 19, 2017, Minister Dominic Gaskin met with officials from three(3) United Nations agencies in Guyana to discuss the Guyana-UN 2017 Country Implementation Plan.

Minster Gaskin in discussion with Representatives from UNDP, UNICEF and FAO

At the meeting it was agreed that the agencies would compare work plans for the year 2017 to see whether there are areas for collaboration and to action those areas.

In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided assistance to the Ministry of Business to complete its 2016-2020 strategic plan which will guide the work of the ministry up until the year 2020.

 

 

Minister Gaskin calls for “a more conscious consumption” at launch of Nand Persaud International Communication (NPIC)Inc. Green Energy System.

On Friday last Minister Gaskin delivering remarks at NPIC, made a plug for Guyanese to support local industries by becoming aware of the impact of their consumption habits on the local economy and making a collective conscious effort to support local productivity.

We have had a warning last year that the economy is not something that will continue to grow at an ever-increasing rate regardless of how we behave. Our economy only grew by 2.6 percent last year.
If we want to avoid any further slow-down we have to become more productive and OUR productivity has to be supported by OUR habits of consumption. We cannot continue to consume everything that everyone else is producing without seriously undermining our own productive capacity.
Unfortunately this is precisely what we have been doing and we need to make a collective effort to arrest this trend and to turn it around. We all need to be involved – our people need to practice a more conscious consumption, our businesses need to invest in value-added production and our government needs to provide an enabling business environment for manufacturing
.

The Minister also lauded the Nand Persaud Group for being a pioneering company and for this latest venture which represents the largest commercial operation in Guyana powered by solar energy.

Earlier in the day the Minister toured two manufacturing facilities along the East Coast Corridor, KSM Investments and Major Foods where he witnessed the production operations of those companies firsthand.