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Technology gaps hamper business growth
A positive contribution of value-added tax (VAT) has been its rollout over a web-based platform. By embracing technology, the government greatly eased the burden of implementing VAT. Upgrading additional government departments to electronic platforms...
Rubis fuel spill and the law
Minister of the Environment Kenred Dorsett has admitted that the government could have been more transparent in its handling of the Rubis fuel spill on Robinson Road. With the revelations contained in a report – withheld by the administration for o...
Just say you made a mistake
There is much shock and some anger in the community over the government’s decision to withhold for a year a report by consultants Black & Veatch on the Rubis gas leak at Robinson Road. The consultants concluded there was exposure to cancer-cau...
The continued wait for true cellular competition
The divestment of public corporations is supposed to result in better and more affordable service for the public, particularly when coupled with competition between multiple service providers. Privatization advocates tout other positives – for exa...
Govt should have released Rubis report
There has been a serious environmental incident in the Marathon constituency. Residents who live near the Rubis gas station on Robinson Road, and people who work in adjacent buildings, were exposed to chemicals that could cause cancer. The consultan...
BAMSI hearing would be good value for money
In this era of fiscal restraint, produced by the recent global financial crisis and deepened by our government’s spending pledges following the implementation of value-added tax (VAT), it is not uncommon to hear that expenditure once considered vit...
Christie’s bridge to the future
The departure of Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder from the Cabinet at the end of last year sparked considerable public commentary. Reactions ranged from understanding in light of a “mind-blowing” private sector offer, to disappointment ...
Co-chairs must appear before the PAC
The refusal of Urban Renewal Co-chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) can only be described as shocking in the circumstances. Pratt and Allen were called to speak to Auditor General...
No evidence to support PM’s optimism on economy
Prime Minister Perry Christie loves to say that his government has spent the last three years doing the “heavy lifting” in preparation for the economic growth to come. Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has two years left in its five-ye...
The prime minister should give his view on the Urban Renewal scandal
Auditor General Terrance Bastian penned a damning report on the Urban Renewal Small Home Repairs program. The report, first put in to the public domain on Monday by this newspaper, revealed that there is a “lack of accountability, transparency and...
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