As citizens remain in suspense about the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) set up to examine the sugar industry, government remains tight-lipped, refusing to let out any detail.
However, Cabinet has finally decided to set aside time to examine the findings of the report.
Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder was contacted yesterday, and he made known cabinet’s decision to examine the report at a retreat slated for tomorrow.
Holder told Kaieteur News, “Cabinet has found the COI important enough that it has set aside time to review it this Saturday at a retreat.”
This is some six weeks after the report was released. The report was late in itself, as the commissioners had asked for additional time to complete its work.
Holder did not disclose where the retreat will be held. He said, however, that commissioners are invited to the retreat to put forward the recommendations to Cabinet.
Holder said that it would be premature for him to make any pronouncement relating to the report before it reaches Cabinet.
The Minister indicated that following Cabinet’s perusal of the report, a decision will be made at the next Cabinet meeting as to the way forward.
The government had said that a COI was urgent and many were of the opinion that implementation of the recommendations would have been equally important.
Chairman of the COI Vibert Parvatan presented the Commission’s findings to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, George Jervis on October, 17.
Jervis collected the report in the absence of Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder who was in Mexico at the time.
The handing over ceremony was closed to the media.
Parvatan had told Kaieteur News that he accepts the harsh reality that whatever has been recommended will certainly not meet the expectations of all, “there will be persons who are not satisfied.”
The Chairman noted that there were political sensitivities to the subject given its importance, relevance and significance to Guyana and its people. He explained that the report includes an executive summary, the special technical subcommittee reports, as well as a section on Human Resource and industrial relations, finance and economics. There are also sections on factories, fields and marketing.
Parvatan had declined to speak on the actual findings of the report, stating that due process has to be followed.
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