first_imgIn excess of $700 million will be expended for the execution of Amerindian Development Projects by the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry for hinterland villages and communities in 2019.This followed the successful defence of the Ministry’s Capital and Current Budgetary Estimates in the National Assembly on Monday by Ministers Sydney Allicock and Valerie Garrido-Lowe.This sum of $235,300,000 will be invested in 215 villages and communities under the Presidential Grant Programme.Villages are expected to submit their respective project proposals in support ofMinister Sydney Allicockexisting livelihood projects; develop new economic, social and environmental initiatives; provide job opportunities for locals and increase entrepreneurial capacity as Government commitments to empowering the Indigenous peoples of this nation.In 2019, in excess of $176 million will be spent for additional support to the programme. This will be in the form of monitoring and mentorship through cluster training to ensure best practices are employed and youth receive the prerequisite skills to effectively operate and manage their business to ensure growth and sustainability.Of the sum, $12 million has been budgeted for two thousand youth to receive additional support through the acquisition of small grants of $50,000 each.Meanwhile, the construction of a $38 million Mall at Santa Rosa, Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) is among other economic projects on the cards.This is a 40’ x 60’ two-storey building with some $10 million allocated in 2019 to assist the village in bringing this investment to fruition.In 2017, 10 of the 11 satellites merged their respective presidential grants to commence construction, while in 2018, all 11 villages came on board for the continuation of the project, which to date, has seen the completion of itsMinister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowefoundation, columns and second floor completed.At the end of 2018, $21 million would have been invested by the villages and will accommodate 40 stalls equipped with lighting and security features and an estimated monthly income of $600,000Santa Rosa will also benefit from a $40 million Ground Coffee Production project (Robusta Coffee) to supply both local and export market demands and will see some 15 farmers benefiting.Farmers have already commended land preparation as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the beans to begin the germination process and subsequently planting of seedlings.This multi-year project has seen $10 million budgeted for in 2018, with an additional $10 million in 2019 which will cater for the construction and furnishing of the facility.Kwebanna Village is also benefiting from a multi-year cassava flour processing facility, while Smith Creek Fish and Crab Facility will also receive additional funding for its completion.This two-year project is value at over $16 million with $10 million already invested in 2018 for its construction while the second year will see an additional $6 million invested for the installation of solar panels as well as additional funds for marketing of produce.Agro processing facilities will also be established in Maruranau, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Food processing facility at Bina Hill, Region Nine; Paruima Fruit Farm, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); Santa Cruz Fruit Farm, Region One; a Lapidary in Monkey Mountain, Region Eight; an Eco-Tourism project in Karasabai, Region Nine; Rest Shelters in Chenapou and Paramakatoi, Region Eight; and Parishara, in Region Nine.Warapoka Village, Region One, is also earmarked for support towards improvingThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministryits community-based eco-tourism initiative since the spotting of the much sought after Harpy Eagle.Five million dollars was allocated in 2018 for upgrades to two rooms at the Villages Guest House and the construction of a benab to accommodate the village office and a museum. A further $2 million will go towards completing this venture which will also aid economic activities in the village.Meanwhile, Laluni, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and St Ignatius, in Region Nine will each receive a tractor and implements to aid in agriculture production, while the Amokokopai – Phillipai farming trail will receive a $2 million upgrade.In addition, St Deny’s/Tapakuma and Suruma trails are expected to be upgraded. Monies were also approved for construction of several bridges in various communities.Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe during her budget presentation posited “for the past three years, since this Government took office, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs has been focusing on building the capacity of our Indigenous and hinterland people. Your Government does not believe in hand-outs. We believe in empowering people and giving them the economic support required so that they can create successful and meaningful lives for themselves”.Minister Sydney Allicock also emphasised that the vision of the Ministry for the next 20 years is to ensure that “all of Guyana’s Indigenous peoples and villages and communities are empowered to have a better quality of life now and for future generation”.The Minister added that “Budget 2019 will undoubtedly continue to ‘transform the economy, empower the people and build sustainable communities.’The House Monday last unanimously approved $1.9 billion expenditure for the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry to execute its mandate to the Indigenous peoples in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Air New Zealand has revealed a back-up plan in case its proposed alliance with Virgin Blue is turned down by regulators in Australia or New Zealand. Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe has previously said that if the merger was denied the two carriers could still collaborate on a lower level. Stuff.co.nz reported that part of the back-up plan could be that both airlines use each others’ distribution infrastructure in their respective trans-Tasman ports so passengers can easily link from one carrier’s flight to another.However, Mr. Fyfe told the Air NZ annual meeting in Auckland on Friday that the back-up plan would be a “poor man’s version” of what they originally intended to achieve from the DJ/NZ alliance.  Mr Fyfe reiterated that both carriers want to collaborate on routes and sell seats on each other’s flights to compete more effectively on the trans-Tasman route against Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar. The CEO also said Air New Zealand’s new flexible pricing product – Seat to Suit – is another part of the airline’s strategy to turn its trans-Tasman operations back to profit.  Passengers are able to book a seat only or add baggage for a fee, or pay for “The Works” – the equivalent of the current economy offering with one checked bag, a meal, drinks, and in-flight entertainment. Alternatively, passengers also have the option to book the `Works Deluxe,’ which includes lounge access and more personal space. Mr Fyfe expressed hope that Seat to Suit, which has been trialled recently between Christchurch and Sydney, would make the airline more competitive at both the low and high end of the market. “If we can’t get the alliance up, we will certainly pursue those sorts of alternatives, but they won’t allow us to present a fully functioning alliance to directly reflect what it is Qantas and Jetstar are doing today and would leave us at a competitive disadvantage.”Earlier this month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it would deny authorisation for the alliance on the grounds that it was likely to reduce trans-Tasman market competition.  The ACCC has now given both airlines until 11 October to appeal its draft determination against their planned alliance.last_img