By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger has expressed full confidence that the Parliamentary Special Select Committee, which is examining the Anti – Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill will complete its work before the next review by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) on February 13.
The APNU Leader told reporters at a news conference on Friday, January 24 that the opposition is committed to cleaning up the Bill before it is returned to the National Assembly for passage.
“I am confident that the deliberations would be completed by that time. I don’t want to put a fine point on it but the work that needs to be done, there is a memoranda being circulated and there is a body of amendments to be made and as far as I know the committee is working towards it,” Granger said.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader is not in agreement with government’s call for the committee meetings to be opened to members of the media. Government made this suggestion after accusing the opposition members on the Parliamentary Committee of executing delaying tactics.
Guyana has been blacklisted by the CFATF after the Opposition did not support the passage of the Bill in the National Assembly. The CFATF is slated to review this position in February and May.