Parliamentary Counsel submits APNU’s draft amendments; Gov’t presents counter amendments

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Cecil Durjohnhas submitted the draft amendments proposed by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in relation to the Anti – Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) Amendment Bill.

ParliamentMinister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General Anil Nandlall told the Government Information Agency that one set of the amendments captured the APNU proposal and the other contains the counter proposal from the Government side.

“We began to look at APNU proposal, but we didn’t get very far as the proposals are problematic, and to go through them to assess their impact on the bill itself  and the Principal Act, proved to be a time consuming exercise,” Minister Nandlall stated.

He noted, “The APNU members themselves made several amendments to their own proposals and that vindicates government’s earlier view that those proposals were hurriedly put together and their impact not properly examined.”

Once the Parliamentary Special Select Committee has completed the process of fully perusing the APNU’s draft amendments, Minister Nandlall said they would then have to examine the Government’s counter proposal.

The Select Committee is scheduled to meet again on March 25, 2014.

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