Residents of Georgetown can now pay rates and taxes via the Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) app.This was made possible through a collaboration between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and GTT, and the initiative was officially launched on Tuesday.Information Technology (IT) Manager attached to M&CC, Adunni Christian said the action was taken to enable persons to pay monies owed to the M&CC through MMG. Christian noted that while the M&CC has begun with the payments of rates and taxes, in the near future the Council would move towards other types of payments that could be made via MMG.GTT MMG Specialist Kester Abrams“All customers need to know or understand is their account number which can be found on a receipt or the demand notice. That account number, when you make payments to Mobile Money from outside, it will allow us at M&CC to see where you are attaching these payments to,” he explained.According to Christian, one of the main reasons the MMG platform was chosen was the fact it was known to be a safe application for transacting business. He further explained that “there is no issue in terms of your security or other people accessing your account because as you know, the Mobile Money platform has been proven to be quite secure in the past.”Christian also pointed out that persons desirous of uplifting their payment receipt after completing their transaction can do so by visiting the M&CC.Specialist-in-Charge of MMG at GTT, Kester Abrams said the company was pleased to be able to further expand its services to the residents of Georgetown. He also disclosed that GTT was looking to develop its services to other municipalities across Guyana.M&CC IT Manager Adunni Christian“We have also reached out to the Ministry of Communities and we will be meeting with them in the near future to actually talk about some of the [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils] NDCs; [Regional Democratic Councils] RDCs and municipalities outside of Georgetown so that we can actually have all rates and taxes payment coming Through Mobile Money,” he stated.The services are currently available, and persons who wish to have more clarity on the new services are being encouraged to visit the M&CC office.
…as training of staff wraps up City Hall is seeking to implement a new revenue collection system for vendors to deposit their rental fees which is expected to be ready by the end of September.Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Debra Lewis, told Guyana Times the training was ongoing to reclassify employees to fit the new positions which would now be available. When the last training sessions are concluded, and the shifts are confirmed, they will be able to commence this innovative operation.“We’re still in terms of working out the shift system and in terms of the employees because the revenue collectors still have to be classified into issuers and verifiers and so on. We’re still working that out and we’re hoping that by the end of the month, we’ll be able to warrant off,” she said.The announcement to introduce the new system was made in June after the Council believed that it would improve transparency and accountability of the collection process.Accounting Manager of the Council, John Douglas, had given a highlight of some of the mechanisms that would be put in place to facilitate the new system.Currently, revenue collectors from the market section would act on behalf of the Council to manoeuvre around the vendors and apply the charges on behalf of the Council and collect the revenues based on what was owed.However, the new operations would entail reclassifying the roles of the revenue collectors to cashiers, issuers and verifiers. Cashiers would be present at the booths while the issuers and verifiers would be dispatched into the markets.“An issuer would come towards a vendor. They would assess the goods that are on the ground and they would write what is called a ‘slip’. The vendor would be given that slip and the vendor is expected to take that slip towards the cashier booth and make his or her payments,” Douglas had explained.“The verifier comes a little while after on the ground to ensure that the vendor had paid at the cashier booth and the correct amount has been paid for,” he later added.This system would drive a more efficient procedure of obtaining dues from the vendors. The monies would also be obtained in a fashion that is also safer for persons to deposit their cash. Presently, a new database has also been created specifically for this purpose and it is a 24-hour system.Lewis informed that one more field test is expected to be conducted after which the new system will be implemented.“We already have the booth and the mechanisms which is the computer systems. Those are already in place. Everything is in place but it’s just to work out the mode as it relates to the employees. All of them have to be au fait with it so we have to do a test-run which will be part of the training. We took them to the site and that was done sometime last week. We will do another run and by then, we should be ready.”
President David Granger on Wednesday accredited a new Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K J Srinivasa, who has committed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.High Commissioner Dr K J Srinivasa along with President David Granger and his wifeThe Indian diplomat handed over his letters of credence to President Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency.After accepting the credentials, the Guyanese Head of State reflected on the already strong relationship the two countries share in the 53 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties.This, he noted, continues to be enhanced with high-level contacts between officials of the two states such as during his visit to New Delhi in March 2018 for the First Summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Guyana had signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the ISA, which he recommitted to during his state visit.“Guyana looks to continue its cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy. The Strategy – our road map towards becoming a green state – emphasises the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to guarantee climate adaptation. Guyana looks forward to intensifying its cooperation with India during your tenure as High Commissioner,” the President said.Meanwhile, the newly accredited Indian High Commissioner, Dr Srinivasa, also recognised the consistent engagement between officials from the two countries. He further acknowledged the immense opportunities that exist for both Guyana and India to further enhance bilateral relations, especially in the areas of agriculture and food processing, oil and gas, renewable sources of energy, forestry, drug and pharmaceuticals, health infrastructure, education, among others.“India is committed to Guyana’s overall development and India’s participation in the development process in various sectors of Guyana’s economy would continue which would help in bring[ing] the two countries closer. Guyana’s leading role in environmental issues and low carbon development strategy has been recognised all over the world and India would like to benefit from Guyana’s experience in this field,” the newly accredited High Commissioner noted.Dr Srinivasa went on to highlight that the two countries, as Commonwealth members, share common views on many international issues facing humanity, particularly in the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations. To this end, he expressed gratitude for the support Guyana has given in various elections to the UN bodies while noting that India is counting on this continued support in its claim for permanent membership of the expanded Security Council.“I am deeply aware of the greatest responsibility bestowed on me and it would be my endeavour to take our bilateral relations including trade on a higher trajectory through continued engagement and solid interactions between the business communities of the two countries,” the Indian diplomat noted.Dr Srinivasa, whose last posting was in South Africa, has replaced former High Commissioner, Venekatachalam Mahalingam, who recently concluded a five year tenure here.
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A new view of the modern and vibrant harbour of Killybegs is available following the release of a brochure highlighting businesses opportunities in the area this week.The Killybegs Harbour Business brochure, which showcases Killybegs as the forward-looking harbour location off the North West coast, was launched on Monday, 24th October in the Bayview Hotel, Killybegs. This brochure aims to market the facilities available locally and the online version can be adapted to reflect the ever-changing landscape and services in the harbour. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District stated that ‘Killybegs is very much open for business with the people of Killybegs having a ‘can do’ attitude’.Eugene McBrearty from the Killybegs Business Focus Group said ‘we focus on the promotion of the town and we look forward to using this brochure and in particular the online version to market our fantastic facilities to harness any opportunities and ideas that could assist development, employment and marketing of the town and harbour’.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely stated at the launch that ‘as a local authority, we are delighted to have witnessed the evolution of Killybegs into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors, Killybegs plays a very vital role within our county and the economic and tourism spin-off is very significant’ he added.In launching the brochure, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey encouraged all companies and organisations to use it to promote Killybegs as an offshore centre of choice for a range of vital services. The brochure outlines all the key facts about Ireland’s premier sea-port from the manufacturing and engineering companies who operate effectively to deliver their products to various parts of the world from their Killybegs base, to the more recent facilitation of cruise ships into its deep water harbour – where they can disembark and explore our beautiful county.Local facilities, services and service providers are all covered as well as showcasing Donegal Airport and the important role it has to play in providing a transport hub and air-support base for offshore operations since exploration activity commenced off Ireland’s Western and North Western seaboard in 1998.Pictured at the launch on Monday evening of the new Killybegs Harbour Brochure are back row l to r: Jim Parkinson, Sinbad Marine, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, Eugene McBrearty, Killybegs Business Focus Group, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Caroline Britton and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Front Row l to r Cllr. Noel Jordan, Minister Joe McHugh, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence SloweyThe brochure also acknowledges the important role LYIT has in delivering practical and theoretical education in Wind Energy Technology and in the Tourism Sector with a range of courses now offered from Marine Tourism, Destination Tourism to Tour Guiding.The continued investment in the harbour in Killybegs has allowed it to evolve into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors. This new brochure shows how Killybegs is an offshore centre of choice for logistics, cargo handling, manufacturing, engineering, vessel support and leisure cruising.Killybegs has a wealth of expertise and its adaptability and flexibility ensures that it can meet any challenge in our ever-changing environment.The brochure is available to download at www.donegalcoco.ie or by clicking here. New port of call for information on Killybegs Harbour services was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDonegal County CouncilKillybegsKillybegs Harbour