Natural Resources Fund Bill passed

– Public Accountability Oversight Committee to be appointed

Government’s Natural Resource Fund Bill 2018 has been passed in the National Assembly. The Bill passed with minor amendments, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).
This passage follows the presentation of Government’s ‘green paper’ titled “Managing Future Petroleum Revenues and Establishment of Fiscal Rule and a Sovereign Wealth Fund” to the National Assembly in August last year.
During his presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordan outlined strict measures in the proposed establishment of the public accountability oversight committee to ensure proper spending and management of resources derived from oil and gas.
“This committee will ensure funds are managed in accordance with best practices,” Minister Jordan stated.
Last year when the Minister introduced the green paper to the National Assembly, he had indicated that the document was being issued by the Government to present preliminary proposals to stimulate discussion.
It also detailed specific issues and pointed out possible courses of action in terms of policy and legislation.
On Thursday, the Minister outlined the importance of the committee, which will have 22 members from different sections of society to avoid mismanagement of the national patrimony.
“So important is this committee that representatives will be from communities, women will be represented, members of the Bar Association, press association, the consumer association, Guyana extractive industries, the Private Sector and the 10 Regional Democratic Councils,” Minister Jordan stated.
However, even as the Government focuses on the development of its new natural resource – oil, the Minister says measures will also be put in place to protect the non-oil sector.