President David Granger will on Thursday address the Parliament of Guyana, when the session opens after being in recess for two months. The Head of State said Government will be pushing a critically important legislative agenda which addresses good governance and national development. Additionally, the President’s address comes ahead of the reading of the 2017 National Budget.“It… is a very good opportunity for us to let the nation know how we intend to govern the country during the financial year 2017 and so in broad outline, we are looking at the financial plan that is the Budget, which is going to be presented early December or late November. That will have the effect of actually starting in January 2017, so that people would know what the figures are… but we also want to lay out our legislative agenda and our broad policy for governance in terms of our social and poverty alleviation programmes and most important our green agenda,” the Head of State said, during an interview at State house on Friday.Chief Whip for the Government and Social Cohesion Minister, Amna Ally, in an invited comment, said that the legislative agenda has been set based on the importance Government places on strong governance, security and youth development. She added that the ultimate goal is a better life for all Guyanese.She noted that several of the Bills have been exposed to public consultation. One of the items at the top of the agenda for this session, the Chief Whip said, is the adoption of the National Youth Policy, which she said has been hanging for quite some time and it is, therefore, imperative that this be given the necessary attention.Among the bills Government is looking to give its attention to when Parliament reopens on Thursday are the Cybercrime Bill 2016 (currently at the Select Committee), the Tobacco Bill, the Whistle Blowers Bill and the Witness Protection Bill.
A new agriculture cooperative society has been officially established in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and according to its members, this is a major step towards the advancement of food security within the region.The Madinah Strait Agricultural Cooperative Land Society Limited was established at Wisroc, Wismar, Linden. It has been registered and has been officially launched with the handing-over of the registration document and a tree-planting exercise.The simple ceremony was held at the Cooperative site along the Wisroc Back Road and saw regional officials, members and others in attendance.President of the newly-established Cooperative, Kwesi Parks said the initiative was aimed mainly at providing food for members of the community at large.“…For a very long time our region was out of such a wonderful programme…,” heRegional Chairman Renis Morian (centre); Co-op President Kwesi Parks (left) and a member of the new entity planting a tree to mark the official launchnoted. While he explained that there were many challenges along the way, Parkes said the Co-op was committed to ensuring success. In strong support of the realisation of the Madinah Strait Cooperative was Regional Chairman Renis Morian, who offered words of encouragement to the newly-established Cooperative. He emphasised that togetherness was pivotal for its success. Morian said the initiative came to fruition owing to hard work and dedication of Co-op members. The Regional Chairman handed over the registration document to the Co-op President and was gifted a plaque by the members for his continuous support throughout the process. A tree was planted to mark the official launch of the newly-registered entity.