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Minister of Finance attends the First Conference of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum BRITACOF2019
Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan attends the First Conference of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum BRITACOF2019, in Wuzhen, China which takes place from April 18-20, 2019.
Guyana/China signed an MOU on July 27,2018 for the Belt and Road Initiative. It is the first South American country to do so.
This year Guyana and China will celebrate 47 years of diplomatic relations.
Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan today (April 11, 2019) participated in a signing ceremony with Ms. Tahseen Khan, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, for a loan agreement which will build human resource capacity, and strengthen institutional frameworks in the Oil and Gas Sector.
Minister Jordan noted the timely nature of the loan agreement as it sought to provide much needed technical assistance to the emerging Oil and Gas Sector.
Ms. Khan said that the loan agreement will aid in building the capacity of key institutions, such as the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Finance, for prudent management of the oil revenues.
The Hon. Minister was accompanied by Dr. Gobind Ganga, Governor, Bank of Guyana, Dr. Riyad Insanally, Guyana’s Ambassador to USA and Mr. Jason Fields from the Embassy of Guyana.
Globalization of financial services and the financial sector facilitated by rapidly advancing technology has resulted in the movement of funds across the world via Money Transfer Agencies (MTAs) to be quite seamless. Money Transfer Agencies, in this context, refer to entities which carry on the business of transferring sums of money electronically between persons locally and internationally. The speed with which money can be transferred, at relatively low cost, along with the MTAs’ accessibility and worldwide reach have made them a viable channel through which funds can be laundered. Our observation of a sample of MTA data over the period 2016-2018 provides indications that MTAs are being used to create layers of transactions, facilitating the distancing of illicit funds from its source through a series of complex transfers. Sending funds through MTAs, while acting in one’s own capacity or as a proxy, affords a criminal an opportunity to place illegitimately acquired money into the financial system; sometimes by direct credit of MTA transactions to accounts of the final recipient.
The Debt Management Division (DMD)has released its Third Issue of the Public Debt Report, Quarterly Statistics for December 2018. The Report provides information on both the external and domestic public debt. In particular, the external debt coverage includes Borrowings from: Central Government, Bank of Guyana, Public Corporations (State-Owned Enterprises), Government Guaranteed and Non-Guaranteed Public Corporations, whilst the domestic debt coverage includes: Securities (Treasury Bills, Debentures and Bonds) and domestic Loans.