Barely a month following the expulsion of three students and suspension of two others, the administration of the University of Liberia (UL) has again expelled one student for “looting and vandalizing” the residence of the former vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Wede Elliott-Brownell. The UL Administration’s June 5 decision is aimed at weeding out “incorrigible (hopeless) students, and strengthens discipline at the flagship university.” Student Emmanuel A. Scott of the College of Business and Public Administration with ID#80202 was expelled from the UL with immediate effect, the Administration announced late Monday, June 16, through a statement it issued. The UL Administration reached the decision recently when the investigative Committee submitted its findings to the president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis. Expelled student Scott is reported to have violated the student handbook, which forbids looting and vandalizing on campus. The penalty of such crimes ranges from warning to suspension and expulsion, depending on the gravity of the offense. According to police report, on the morning of November 22, 2013, student Emmanuel Scott allegedly broke into the residence of Dr. Brownell on the Fendall Campus during a riot and reportedly took away a television set. Following the incident, the student was arrested by both the UL police and officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP). But with the help of some community dwellers and friends, the police officers were over powered and the student subsequently managed to escape the scene with hands in police handcuff. However, he was re-arrested on May 1 this year when he reportedly showed up to receive his semester grade sheet. He then reportedly admitted that he indeed committed the act, but pleaded for mercy from the UL Administration. Student Scott, according to the UL statement, further informed the police that he was not a part of the group of students who earlier planned the riot, but was forced to join them, “because majority of the planners were his friends.” “My greatest regret now is I overly re-acted more than even the planners,” Scott is reportedly quoted as telling the UL authority. He has meanwhile, written a formal letter of apology to the UL Administration asking for forgiveness. He is quoted in the letter as saying, “I sincerely regretted my action and vowed never to engage in any act of vandalism during his academic sojourn.” He also reportedly volunteered to work with the UL Police to protect lives and property on the campuses of the institution. However, the UL Administration has refused to accept his apology and has expelled him from the institution. In a furious mood, Dr. Dennis has reportedly said, “Although his Administration is student-centered, none of them should abuse the opportunity.”He has vowed to weed out the “broken bottles among his diamonds.” It can be recalled that last month, the UL Administration expelled three students for “dishonesty”, and suspended two others for acts “incompatible” with the rules and regulations of the university.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Housing Authority (NHA) has signed a US$360,000 agreement with the African Development Bank (AFDB) aimed at providing capacity building and technical service assistance to the NHA.Acting as the administrator of the Nigeria Technical Cooperation Fund, the Bank will provide capacity building and others technical assistance to the National Housing Authority in its service delivery.AFDB was represented by its Country Head, Dr. Margaret Kilo, at the signing ceremony, while the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) Managing Director Samuel W. Thompson also represented it at the signing.According to Dr. Kilo, the Bank shall act as the administrator of the Nigeria Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) pursuant to a Technical Cooperation Agreement signed on the 5th of April 2004 between the Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria and the AfDB.She said the objective of the NTCF is to promote African solidarity, regional integration, technological advancement and economic independence through increased capacity building and institutional support initiatives for the Bank’s Regional Member Countries (RMCs).She added that the significance of the housing sector to growth of any economy couldn’t be over emphasized.Dr. Kilo used the occasion to call on other institutions to support the NHA in building its capacity to meet Liberia’s critical housing needs.In a brief remark, NHA Managing Director Samuel Thompson expressed gratitude to the Bank for the level of support to the country.The MD recounted several major interventions of the Bank in the areas of power, water and road and said this was another commendable intervention.According to MD Thompson, the capacity building is critical to a country coming from war; therefore the support of the NTCF and the AFDB to the NHA in this area is very strategic.He lauded the effort of the AFDB and said he was excited over the support, which is a critical milestone in developing technocrats, support staff and equipping the NHA in its ongoing Housing Policy reforms to foster growth of the Liberian housing sector.According to Mr. Thompson, the capacity building fund will help the NHA develop its internal capacity in Technical Services, Information Technology, Finance and Procurement.He said that local and foreign training of staff will place the entity in a better position to meet current housing challenges in developing innovative products, proper financial reporting, timely responses and ensuring value for money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This year’s 2nd Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference highlights the importance of the youth’s participation in agriculture for employment opportunities.The conference was held at the Monrovia City Hall from Tuesday, April 29-30, bringing together over 500 participants in the business sector of Liberia. It spotlights agriculture and agri-business experiences in Liberia.Agriculture is essential to the development of Liberia as it is a very big industry with the potential to provide jobs for the vast majority of the youthful Liberian population. In spite of this, unemployment remains a major challenge facing young people in Liberia. This situation exists because of the belief among young people in the country that farming is not a worthy venture.Matthew Ndote of the USAID Advancing Youth Project, Nelson Kanneh of USAID Food and Enterprise Development Project and Junior Toe of the Community Youth Network Program Inc made presentations at the conference. They discussed strategies that would develop the Liberian youth’s interest in the agriculture sector.In separate presentations during the just ended two-day USAID-assisted Ministry of Commerce and Industry Micro/Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference 2014, the speakers said with a population of 3.8 million people in Liberia, 60% of that number constituted the youth. Out of said 60%, only 3% are involved in agriculture, whereas 70% of Liberia’s GDP is in the agriculture sector and there is still high unemployment among the youth.According to Mr. Kanneh, “agriculture has a poor image in many parts of Africa. Liberia is no exception.’” In his opinion, young people can be the catalyst to change that image and add skills and needed innovation. “Employing the nation’s youth would help reduce crime and social instability” he added.During his presentation, Mr. Junior Toe said “the sector has not provided enough information on opportunities with less labor. Information on quick income returns such as aggregators, sales agents, and managing farming records, machine operators and mechanics, extension technicians, short term labor services to farmers, and market intelligence / broker services must be shared with the youth.The session was moderated by USAID Advancing Youth Livelihood Coordinator, Matthew Ndote, who called on Liberian youth to develop and sustain their interest in agriculture and agronomic practices. He said these are things that will improve their economic situation and that of the country. Mr. Ndote said there are a lot of opportunities in Liberia that youth who wants to go into agriculture can take advantage off. He said they should not allow those opportunities to pass them by.The conference was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and some top government officials of Liberia, with the support of USAID FED, IBEX, Building Markets, IFC, and BSC Monrovia amongst other partners, stakeholders and civil society organizations. The objective of the event was to allow the government to take stock of the MSME sector in Liberia and help deliver key training workshops to assist MSMEs in all stages of development, and examine practical steps that other key players including banks, micro finance institutions, and concessionaires can take to promote sustainable growth leading to employment creation and jobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Another chance has unfolded itself for the country’s struggling acting industry to be uplifted, but that is only if urgent help can come for the young Liberian man who has been tipped for the continental competition.The Next Movie Star Africa competition is an Acting competition organized by the Digital Interactive Media that seeks to groom, polish and unveil the next big movie super star in Africa each year and Esau O. Dahnsaw is Liberia’s representative this year.According to the organizers, due to the hike in the prices of plane tickets, contestants from the ten countries represented are to arrive in Nigeria on a one way ticket as the organizers will provide the accommodation, feeding, medical and dental as well as a return ticket after the competition.This year’s competition, which has been tagged “Live Your Dream” still features ten countries including Liberia. The winner of the competition carts home a brand new car, movie contracts, a flat for one year, a whooping sum of $5,000 cash prize, an all expenses paid to trip to a European country and attendance of a major film festival in Europe. Other housemates are expected to go home with N10 million worth of prizes.Liberia won this competition before and we can do it again to prove to the world that we can rise above every difficulty and emerge victorious in every sphere of societal engagement.With the show’s Liberia auditions held in Monrovia over the weekend, Esau O. Dahnsaw, 30, from Grand Bassa County-emerged as the best among all who showed up to fight for a chance to represent the Republic of Liberia at the prestigious Starship Academy in Nigeria. He was emailed his nomination details, which includes a hectic task of travelling to Nigeria on or before the 9th of November 2014 on a one-way ticket purchased by him or his team (Liberians) as the organizers will provide the return ticket after the competition.Esau O. Dahnsaw-Liberia’s Representative-2014Liberia is blessed with an immense amount of talent as proven by the nominee’s own contribution to the Nation during this Ebola crisis. Esau teamed up with his fellow Liberian Actors and shot a 30 minute long Ebola awareness movie which is still being played on local television channels in Liberia as well as on Satcon network.Such a worthy son of the Republic deserves nothing less from his own government and people in getting all he needs to represent Liberian heritage, Arts and Culture in a competition involving South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Liberia.In such an ambassadorial role he has been nominated to play on behalf of the republic of Liberia, well-meaning Liberians and those residing in Liberia and the government and local and international non-governmental organizations are urged to please, extend a helping hand to a Liberian youth with a dream and career.Please contact Dahnsaw on (+231777062159) for assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Queen V, a multi-talented Liberian recording artist, had her skills and values brought to the international limelight as a result of the Next Movie Star competition in which she proudly represented Liberia, returning with the laurels that later propelled her career and Liberia’s image on the continent. Her recent hit single, “Jue You Bad”, which she recorded with colloquial sensation DenG (Daniel George), became an instant hit in the sub-region. Liberia may not be represented at this year’s Next Movie Star competition if the government of Liberia and philanthropic Liberians do not help to provide A ONE WAY TICKET and other requirements for Esau O. Dahnsaw, the young actor, screen writer and filmmaker who has been nominated to represent the country.Late auditions and costly flight tickets stand to hamper Liberia’s representation at an Acting Competition which draws ten countries into a battle of the fittest from across Africa, a competition which was won by a young Liberian, Avenette Sirleaf, AKA Queen V in 2008. Liberians would certainly want a repeat of the success of Queen V who was better prepared for the competition in 2008.
Our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue, who has over the years shown that he has a wide eye for societal problems, did it again last week Monday when he observed a “death trap” at Benson and Lynch Streets. A rotten light pole there had been hit by a speeding lorry and was hanging dangerously over the busy intersection leading from the ever busy Benson Street to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and the Red Cross headquarters. And where were the people responsible for light poles in the country? They were probably too busy rehabilitating the power generation plants on Bushrod Island, or perhaps the Mount Coffee Hydro. Meanwhile, the rotten pole, with live electric wires, hung perilously over the street, putting at risk pedestrians, automobiles and nearby buildings.Thankfully the LEC management, on seeing Mr. Kwanue’s story on the Daily Observer’s back page Thursday morning, rushed its technicians to Lynch Street and took down the threatening pole. They did it efficiently, so that there was no mishap.But LEC is not alone. Road contracters are notorious for this kind of behavior, and so are other agencies on whom we rely to push our development agenda, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) included. Too often LWSC technicians dig up holes in the middle of the street or on the side walk with absolutely NO warning signs. If anyone slips into such a hole and sustains a broken leg or other injury, he or she is on his own. The identical thing happened to a woman named Elsie Weah who was leaving her place of work, the Ministry of Finance a few years ago. She broke her leg and had to be responsible for her own hospitalization and treatment.A group of technicians who are currently putting people and motor vehicles at risk are the Chinese contractors undertaking the Red Light-Ganta road construction. All along the highway from Paynesville to Kakata and beyond, there are huge ditches as well as heavy equipment on both sides of the road, with several detours for vehicles. The trouble is: there are NO danger signs anywhere—not even adequate reflectors, which are cheap and easily available. The absence of danger signs at such places portrays a callous (coldhearted, uncaring) attitude toward precious human life. Are they waiting for a vehicle loaded with passengers to plunge into a detour ditch and die before they do something about it?We call on Public Minister Gyude Moore, whose Ministry has oversight of ALL construction throughout the country, as well as for ZONING everywhere, to issue an ordinance making it MANDATORY that ALL construction works are protected with properly lit signs, sufficiently and fully visible throughout the day and night to prevent unnecessary accidents. For one broken leg or death incurred unnecessarily at a construction site could negate (counteract, go against) development efforts which are designed not to harm or to kill, but to improve the lives and livelihood of the people.We wish further to remind the new Public Works Minister—if he has not already found out— that one of the most inactive or dysfunctional areas of his Ministry is its Zoning Section. From time immemorial this Section at Public Works has been inactive and woefully ineffective. That is why people have been allowed to build shacks and concrete structures not just in Monrovia and other cities but all over the country—on other people’s land, in alleys, in the open street, wherever. Because there are NO zoning regulations or the total lack of enforcement thereof, people have gotten away with total impunity.About two years ago the President herself, in total frustration, admitted that the concessions involved in the Western Cluster mining—in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties—could not rebuild the railway to convey iron ore to the Freeport of Monrovia because squatters had built structures all along the way. It would take a lot of time and over US$30 million to clear the way for this railway to be built, she said. We trust that Minister Moore and his entire staff, and all those involved in construction of any kind on the streets and highways of the country will take heed and remember the costly and potentially deadly consequences of their failure to do the right thing to protect lives and property. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Morweh Energy Group, Incorporated, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has on behalf of the entity’s partners and friends, written a letter of commendation to President Barrack Obama of the United States of America, for committing his government to the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.“I would like to thank President Barack Obama, the government and people of the United States of America for their great humanity in coming to the rescue of West Africa, especially Liberia, to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic that is ravaging our land and people,” Mr. Neyor said in his letter dated September 17, addressed to President Obama at the White House.Over the course of the week, President Obama has come up with a massive response of 3000 troops, US$500 million, and the further appointment of an Ebola Czar. Neyor said that was indeed the kind of robust intervention required to contain this killer virus.Mr. Neyor, a onetime president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and now a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, is also the CEO of the Morweh Energy Group based in Monrovia.Speaking on behalf of his company, he said he believed that no other nation on earth has the military or civilian resources and capability as the United States to undertake the level of intervention President Obama has committed the US to do for Liberia. In his dispatch, Mr. Neyor said deployment of the US military intervention through the US Army Corp of Engineers was commendable, “because we advocated for this in 2006 for restoration of power in post conflict Liberia.”“We are delighted that it is working this time with a more profound intervention of saving lives.”“By this outstanding humanitarian gesture,” he said, “the United States has again shown the world the great compassion of the American people. Real global power is not bullying weaker countries, but utilizing your power to go to distant lands to save the oppressed and the dying where there are no ulterior motives.”According to Mr. Neyor, by naming Liberia as the control center of the American response, President Obama has taken into account and elevated to a new level the nearly two centuries of US-Liberia relations, starting in 1816 with formation of the American Colonization Society (ACS).Liberians, both at home and abroad, especially those in the United States, are appreciative and remain grateful to the United States for rescuing our homeland once again, this time from the deadly Ebola menace. At the same time, Dr. Neyor has expressed thanks and gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for putting the request to President Obama. Neyor called on the government to not to leave everything to the Americans, but to improve on those things we can ourselves do to save the lives of our dying people.“With this massive assistance, we can now be reassured that Ebola will be kicked out of Liberia and West Africa. Let us all continue and intensify our individual and collective awareness and preventive initiatives.“Let all our citizens continue to take all the prescribed measures to remain Ebola free,” the Neyor’s letter concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon Dies, Former Commissioner, Governance Commission, former Unity Party Vice Presidential…
Dr. S. Jabaru Calon, renowned Liberian educator, politician and statesman, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 en route to the SOS Clinic in Congotown, Monrovia, following a brief illness.Dr. Carlon most recently served as Commissioner of the Governance Commission, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Amos Sawyer. In 1997 Dr. Carlon joined Dr. Edward B. Kesselly, standard bearer of Unity Party, as his running mate in the presidential and general elections of that year.He had earlier served as Secretary General of the Mano River Union at its headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Prior to that he was Director of African Studies Department at the University of Liberia (UL), where he taught for many years.In the 1980s Dr. Carlon served as president of Tubman Technical College (now Tubman University) in Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.In the early days of the Interim Government of National Unity (1990-1994), Dr. Carlon served as Minister of Youth and Sports under Dr. Amos Sawyer, President of IGNU.Simon Jabaru Carlon was born on December 31, 1935 in Bendaja, Kporkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County to the union of Mr. Jabatee Carlon and his wife Maima. Simon obtained his early education at the St. Phillips Episcopal Mission School in Bendaja, along with his close cousin, T. Edison Gbana. Upon completion of the sixth grade, the two boys proceeded to the Mbaloma Episcopal Elementary school in Grand Cape Mount’s Gola Konneh District, where they completed their elementary education. Simon, following completion of Mbaloma, proceeded to Mambo in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, where he taught in the Episcopal School there. Four years later he entered the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport, Cape Mount, where he completed high school.He later entered the University of Liberia where he specialized in Education at the UL’s Teacher’s College.Simon was later awarded a fellowship to do graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Education.On July 16, 1967, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, he took the hand of young Ms. Edith Massa Fahnbulleh in marriage. This union, according to the eldest offspring, Dabbah, the union was blessed with eight children and many foster children.Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edith Massa Carlon, eight children Dabbah, Satta, Kula, Tenneh, Wuyatta, Zue, two sons, Sandi and Dao Carlon.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Then chief executive officer of Boima Folley Sports Center, located at Buzzy Quarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, has appealed to the Liberian government to protect Liberian owned businesses in the country.Mr. Boima Folley, Chief Executive Officer, said only when Liberian businesses are fully protected to secure contracts that they will grow.He said even though a good relationship exists between his company and the government, he expressed dissatisfaction that more interests were being giving to foreigner businesses when the PPCC sends out bids acquiring contracts.“The business atmosphere in the current regime is favorable but at the same time running a successful business demands crossing over challenges,” he said.Mr. Folley however said that with all the challenges, he will continue to overcome reports that Liberians are not good at doing successful businesses.“The Boima Folley Sports Center which was established in 2003 will always remain here to satisfy Liberians by given them the best sporting materials from the People’s Republic of China,” Folley said.He said his track record was tested when he successfully provided sporting materials in the last County Sports Meet to all the fifteen county representatives.Contributing, General Manager Bill Z. Jonson who named some of the challenges facing the company as the cost of transportation, increase in taxes, high duty taxes and other expenditures, noted “We will continue to work within the economic climate of the country.”Both men praised the Liberian government for the level of security business owners continue to enjoy in the country. “We can go home and sleep sound at night these days without fear,” Folley said, “We also happy with the current Liberia Electricity Corporation power sharing system.”Johnson said, “This helps to make better businesses in the country, and we are hopeful that the Liberian government will grow stronger the more businesses pay their taxes to the government.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The response by the Department of Energy to grave concerns expressed about the invitation to select petroleum companies to Guyana for face-to-face meetings is disingenuous.There is no need to sell Guyana’s share of profit oil directly. The share should be sold by the operator and should fetch the same price as the operator’s share. The price garnered for ExxonMobil’s share will be declared publicly to its shareholders and is a transparent, trusted and audited process. ExxonMobil cannot and will not lie to its owners (shareholders) and is closely monitored by capable institutions such as the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The same cannot be said for the process outlined by David Granger’s Department of Energy (DE).The DE is being facetious when it suggested that “The short-term first phase beginning this week will focus on setting national benchmarks for selling Guyana’s portion of its crude in the future”. One, the benchmark will be set by the sale of the oil lifted before our turn comes and two, each batch of oil is quality tested and sold according to those results.The DE confirmed that “Selected companies are invited to bid to buy Guyana’s product in the very short term”. The obvious question is why? Oil is sold on the world market daily, there is no advantage to pre-selling oil of unknown (but expected to be very high) quality. Should we, for example, accept a price US$2 higher than Brent Crude per barrel, it would seem a good deal unless the quality is higher and the world market price would be Brent plus US$8. In such a scenario, Guyana would have lost US$18 million due to undue haste. Given the present ravaged state of the Treasury, it is a risk we can ill-afford to take.Then there is the issue of “selected companies”, the DE stated that “This strategy was employed upon serious consideration of advice given by an international team external to the DE”. The DE gave us titles of persons but significantly fails to name anyone. The DE gave us a lengthy three-point explanation of the ‘logic’ employed in reaching the decision to adopt a self-described “novel approach” – an examination of the three points is revealing.In point one, the DE said the quality of the crude is not yet known. This is patently false; ExxonMobil has signalled that the crude is expected to be higher than the benchmark Brent. However, each shipment of oil is graded onboard the FPSO rigorously, oil companies do not buy or sell ‘pig in bag’. Any sale before testing is going to be below real value as companies will claim ‘risk’. Absolute hogwash!Point two states “The DE has been advised, by the Crude Marketing Specialist, that in order to take Guyana through this limited short-term phase, a few high-quality IOCs with a global refining footprint and integrated oil value chains would be best given an opportunity to support the DE during this incubation and launching phase”. Guyana needs to get the best possible price for its share of profit oil, what it seems to have gotten is high-priced ‘con-sultants’. Keep it simple stupid should be a mantra over at the DE; it seems they are easily confused or misled. Is Kevin Granger an advisor on the ‘international team’? is it a team or a gathering of cronies?Point three of the DE’s response states “Guyana’s main incentive in taking this approach is to establish a norm in terms of quality standard and quantity availability so as to prevent any possible down-pricing”. Again, if or quality is low, it will be tested before lifting and priced according to world prices, same if it is high, every shipment will be tested and priced this way, in a very open and transparent process. That is unless we deviate from the norm during the ‘face-to-face’ meetings.The DE asserted that there is no untoward motive hidden in the request for face-to-face meetings and then, only with ‘selected’ companies, but I would suggest that when men with guns and masks are in our house, Guyanese do not have to wait to be robbed to know that they are bandits. We also know ‘salla-walla’ when we see it.Respectfully,Robin Singh
Renewal of investment development dealThe Malaysian-owned Barama Company Limited will by August of this year know its fate as Government willNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmandecide whether or not it would continue its operations in Guyana.The company’s 25-year Investment Development Agreement comes to an end in October later this year, and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said Government was still to make a decision on the way forward for the company.“Cabinet has given the approval since last year for Government to enter into negotiations with Barama. That has been an ongoing process. We have been meeting pretty often and I hope to lay something before Cabinet by August for its consideration,” the Natural Resources Minister told Guyana Times on Monday.He said following his presentation to Cabinet, a decision would be made.Trotman said Government remained committed and had no difficulties in doing business with foreign companies; however, its criteria were pretty simple.“Respect our laws, respect the people, particularly those who work for you, and respect your agreements that you signed,” he indicated.Government, in February of this year, commenced discussions on the possibility of renewing the $43 billion-dollar investment in Guyana.Late last year, Minister Trotman visited the company’s Buck Hall, Essequibo operations and met with the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Choo Siong Liew; General Manager Mohindra Chand, and Senior Manager with responsibility for Human Resources, Patricia Mingo.During that tour, Chand had reiterated that the company was determined to continue its operations in Guyana, stating that while it was faced with many challenges, it was committed to never closing its operations.Barama’s operations consist of forest management, timber harvesting and manufacturing of various wood-based products such as plywood, sawn timber, and flooring products.The Barama Company established its operations in Guyana in 1991, and is one of Guyana’s biggest employers, employing approximately 1000 Guyanese. It has been allocated some 1.6 million hectares of the State production forest and has been operating the largest forest concession in Guyana.