[www.inewsguyana.com] – The APNU+AFC government has appointed Dr Clive Thomas to be the Chairman of the ailing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), replacing Shaik Baksh.
Dr Thomas is an economist and was recently appointed as the Presidential Adviser on sustainable development, with responsibility for economic matters and the State Asset Recovery Programme.
In the July 24 edition of the gazette, it was noted that cabinet approved the new Board of Directors for a period of one year with effect from July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Other members on the GuySuCo Board include Dr Anthony Vieira, Seepaul Narine, Earl John, Adrian Anamayah, George Jarvis, Louise Bouyea, nominated representatives from the Opposition PPP and the Attorney General’s Chambers and a Corporate Secretary.
There is currently a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) ongoing to investigate the operations of GuySuCo, which will also be responsible for developing a 15-year plan.
The plan is expected to bring the industry back to profitability to ensure long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
Among the work which will be carried out by the Commission is investigating the current state of cane cultivation, factory operations, and production and marketing of sugar, molasses and other by-products.
Special emphasis will also be placed on human resources, research and development, diversification of the industry, community obligations, weather events, marketing, finance, procurement, factory performance and management.