Sector Committees

Governance & Security

Chairman:
Mr. Norman McLean

Terms of Reference

  • Develop and lead a team that can mediate, advice, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to good governance at the national level and security for the business sector and at the national level.
  • Attend to governance issues as it relates to the passage and implementation of relevant and appropriate legislations.
  • Attend to issues from a Private Sector position on matters in relation to National and Regional Elections.
  • Attend to issues from a Private Sector position on matters in relation to functioning of the Town Councils and the NDCs.
  • Regularly meet with the main Political Parties to advise them on developments in the Private Sector and to hear their concerns on issues pertaining to National and Regional Governance and parliamentary affairs.
  • Identify emerging security issues or threats and criminal activities that may be threatening to the lives and properties of the business community and the nation as a whole, and advice the relevant authority (ies) and stakeholders on the suggested corrective actions needed to mitigate such issues. This will include issues to be dealt with by the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Prison Service and the Guyana Fire Service through the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Meet with Private Securities Companies and Organizations to discuss securities and external issues that are affecting the functioning of their businesses and also scope for improvement in the sector and security in general.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Technical staff of the PSC, prepare position papers on issues that need to be addressed by the Governance and Security Sub-Committee and present them to the Council for ratification and onward submission to the relevant authorities for their consideration and action.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, Technical staff of the PSC and the Sub-Committee responsible for public relations, create a public awareness program that will result in the practice of good governance being known by the business sector and nationally and to inform businesses and all sectors of the society on emerging security issues.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of Similar Sub-Committee from PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head of the Security Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or Persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not come from items 1-3 above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee. E.g Guyana Association of Private Securities Firms, etc.

Agriculture

Chairman:
Mr. Paul Cheong

Terms of Reference

  • To engage all relevant stakeholders in a way that would enable the country to realize its full agricultural potential with the objective of being the bread basket of the Caribbean.
  • To develop positions and make recommendations to the PSC’s Executive Management Committee and Council on matters relating to agricultural development.
  • To be responsible for the PSC’s interfacing with the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant Ministries, technical supporting institutions and donor agencies.
  • To mobilize private sector members to play a more pro-active role in agriculture development including non-traditional crops, livestock and aquaculture.
  • To co-ordinate efforts to provide private sector operatives with advice on production techniques, husbandry practices and market exploration and promotion.
  • To develop the capacity to advise private sector farmers on the development of agribusiness plans.
  • Promote dialogue with financial institutions to encourage investments in agriculture and develop the capacity for project execution.
  • Assist in the development of quality assurance standards to enhance competitiveness of primary agricultural products and value added commodities.
  • Advise on the promotion and development of export marketing requirements including sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Heads and members of equivalent Sub-Committees of PSC Sectoral members.
  • Organisations which have the relevant skills which can be of use to the Sub-Committees.

Trade & Investment

Chairman:
Ramesh Dookhoo

Terms of Reference

  • To develop positions and make recommendations to the PSC Council which will in turn make representations at various forums on matters relating to trade, investment, national competitiveness and related issues.
  • To ensure that the local private sector’s interests are adequately represented at deliberations of:

    1) Interface with the National Competitiveness Strategy Unit and to represent the Private Sector’s position on the National Competitiveness Council.
    2) National Advisory Committee on External Trade Negotiations (NACEN)
    3) Investments Promotion Council
    4) The Business and Labour Advisory Committee on CSME (BLAC)
    5) National Coordinating Committee on Guy-Brazil relations.  (NCC)
    6) Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce (MINTIC) on matters relating to private sector development.
    7) GOINVEST and other Government agencies on matters relating to investment, trade promotion and related issues.
    8) Government on issues relating to the National Development Strategy.
  • To monitor and advise on implementation of CSME and to represent private sector concerns in this regard.
  • To represent Guyana’s private sector’s interests on bilateral trade relationships.
  • To provide a close liaison with Donor Support Programs in relation to private sector development.
  • To assist in developing awareness and interaction among the private sector on issues in trade negotiations and to represent private sector interests as necessary.
  • To report to the Executive Committee and Council on a regular basis on matters related to the Trade and Investment Sub-Committee.
  • To liaise with Caribbean associations on regional private sector matters.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should endeavour to recruit members who can make a positive contribution to its activities.  Members can be attracted from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Heads and members of equivalent Sub-Committees of PSC Sectoral members.
  • Organisations which have the relevant skills which can be of use to the Sub-Committees.

Modus Operandi

  • The Sub-Committee shall have scheduled meetings at least every two months with appropriate notice being given to members.
  • The agenda for the meetings will be prepared by the Sub-Committee Chairman, submitted to the Executive Director and mailed to the members along with the minutes of the last meeting at least five working days before the meeting.
  • Unscheduled meetings can be called by the Sub-Committee Chairman through the Executive Director or his representative to address emergency issues.
  • The Quorum for any meeting shall be no less than four persons excluding the Chairman.
  • In the absence of the Chairman, the members present shall elect a Chairman for the meeting for that day.
  • All recommendations made by the committee shall be ratified by the Council before being dispatched to the relevant authorities.
  • In the event that the recommendations cannot wait for the Council meeting, the Chairman with the assistant of the Executive Director can round-robin the recommendations and seek approval to forward the recommendation to the relevant authorities subject to ratification by Council at the earliest meeting.
  • The Chairman with consensus from members may invite persons from related organizations to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or advisor on the topic of discussion.
  • The taking of notes at the meetings will be the responsibility of the Executive Director or staff delegated to do so.
  • The Chairman with consensus from members may invite persons from related organizations to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or advisor on the topic of discussion.

Working Relationship

The Sub-Committee will interface with the following organisations inter alia:

  • Private Sector Organisations

    - All Private Sector Organisations
    - All Chambers of Commerce
  • Public Sector Organisations

    - Go-Invest
    - Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce
    - Ministry of Foreign Trade
    - Ministry of Finance
    - National Competitiveness Strategy Unit
  • Other Organisations

    - Caricom Secretariat
    - Brazilian Embassy
    - US Embassy
    - Guyana Trade and Investment Support (USAID)
    - Inter-American Development Bank
    - UK Department for International Development
    - European Union Delegation

Natural Resources

Chairman:
Mr. Hilbert Shields

Terms of Reference

  • To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advise, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to the management of all natural resources for the benefit of the private sector and for the country as a whole.
  • Attend to issues related to the management of natural resources as they relate to the passage and implementation of relevant and appropriate legislation.
  • Attend to issues from a private sector position as they relate to the development of mining and the granting of concessions for mining, the prospecting for or removal of petroleum deposits, the development of the country’s forestry resources, land management and the use of the country’s land resources as well as the preservation and utilization of the country’s biodiversity.
  • Function as an interface with the government on issues related to the Low Carbon Development Strategy.
  • Meet with government agencies and other stakeholders on national policies for the management of natural resources in Guyana.
  • Identify emerging threats to the preservation of the country’s natural resources and advise the relevant authorities as to the appropriate measures to be taken to mitigate such threats.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Technical staff of the PSC, prepare position papers on issues that need to be addressed by the Natural Resources Management Sub-Committee and present them to the Council for ratification and onward submission to the relevant authorities for their consideration and action.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, Technical staff of the PSC and the officer responsible for public relations, create public awareness programs that will inform the private sector and all sectors of society on issues related to the management of natural resources.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit.  Such members may come from the following organisations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Organisations or persons (approved by the Sub-Committee) who do not come from organisations listed above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee.

Energy

Chairman:
Mr. Zulfikar Ally

Terms of Reference

  • To produce a position paper highlighting relevant areas of alternative energy and power sources which may be explored and to make recommendations for exploration, additionally illustrating the benefits of using renewable resources, on the business community and the nation as a whole.
  • To identify and develop positions on infrastructure which are necessary to promote growth and development in the energy and power sector and where necessary, improve the well being of the population.
  • To provide continuous updates to the PSC Council, the wider business community and other stakeholders in relation to significant Energy developments in this sector.
  • To make recommendations for plans that allows for the use and conversion of renewable energy in a sustainable manner.
  • To consult with other key stakeholders on proposed developments and give due consideration to their views and positions.
  • To work in close alliance with the Guyana Energy Agency thereby proving advise and support where feasible.
  • Monitor development on priority energy and power projects which will significantly impact on the economic and social development of Guyana and to obtain all relevant documentation/proposals on these projects.
  • Hold discussions with key government functionaries, consultants, investors, and organisations etc., on proposed energy and power developments with the aim of obtaining a clear understanding of what is intended and to communicate the views of the PSC as necessary.
  • Represent the Private Sector on the National Competitiveness Strategy group and other functioning groups, bodies, agencies etc that seek to address or administer the areas that falls under the mandate of this sub-committee.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub – Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head the Energy & Power Sector Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not come from organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the requisite skills and knowledge that are deemed vital to the operations of the sub-committee

Infrastructure

Chairman:
Mr. Desmond Sears

Terms of Reference

  • To monitor development on priority infrastructure projects which will significantly impact on the economic and social development of Guyana and to obtain all relevant documentation/proposals on these. Areas to be covered will include roads, bridges, ports, sea defences, telecommunications, energy.
  • To critical review all plans and existing situations in relation to agreed priority areas and to make recommendation for improvement.
  • To hold discussions with key government functionaries, consultants, investors, and organisations etc., on proposed developments with the aim of obtaining a clear understanding of what is intended and to communicate the views of the PSC as necessary.
  • To consult with other key stakeholders on proposed developments and give due consideration to their views and positions.
  • To identify and develop positions on infrastructure which are necessary to promote growth and development and where necessary improve the well being of the population.
  • To communicate to the PSC Council, the wider business community and other stakeholders information on significant infrastructure developments.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head of the Security Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or Persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not comes from organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee. E.g Guyana Association of Professional Engineers, etc.

Human Resource Development

Chairman:
Mr. Samuel Goolsarran

Terms of Reference

  • To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advice, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to Infrastructure and Transportation at the national level for and on behalf of the private sector and for national interest which includes roads, bridges, ports - sea and air, airstrips, sea defenses, dredging of rivers and air, water and land transportation modes and routes.
  • To monitor development on priority infrastructure projects which will significantly impact on the economic and social development of Guyana and to obtain all relevant documentation/proposals on these projects.
  • To develop and present plans for consideration to the relevant authorities in the areas of responsibilities mentioned in 1 above.
  • To critical review all plans and existing situations in relation to agreed priority areas and to make recommendation for improvement.
  • To hold discussions with key government functionaries, consultants, investors, and organisations etc., on proposed developments with the aim of obtaining a clear understanding of what is intended and to communicate the views of the PSC as necessary.
  • To consult with other key stakeholders on proposed developments and give due consideration to their views and positions.
  • To identify and develop positions on infrastructure which are necessary to promote growth and development and where necessary improve the well being of the population.
  • To communicate to the PSC Council, the wider business community and other stakeholders information on significant infrastructure developments.
  • To represents the Private Sector on the National Competitiveness Strategy group and other functioning group, bodies, agency etc that seeks to addresses or administer these areas mentioned in 1 above.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head of the Security Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or Persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not comes from organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee. E.g Guyana Association of Professional Engineers, etc.

Public Communications

Chairman:
Kit Nascimento

Terms of Reference

  • To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advice, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to Infrastructure and Transportation at the national level for and on behalf of the private sector and for national interest which includes roads, bridges, ports - sea and air, airstrips, sea defenses, dredging of rivers and air, water and land transportation modes and routes.
  • To monitor development on priority infrastructure projects which will significantly impact on the economic and social development of Guyana and to obtain all relevant documentation/proposals on these projects.
  • To develop and present plans for consideration to the relevant authorities in the areas of responsibilities mentioned in 1 above.
  • To critical review all plans and existing situations in relation to agreed priority areas and to make recommendation for improvement.
  • To hold discussions with key government functionaries, consultants, investors, and organisations etc., on proposed developments with the aim of obtaining a clear understanding of what is intended and to communicate the views of the PSC as necessary.
  • To consult with other key stakeholders on proposed developments and give due consideration to their views and positions.
  • To identify and develop positions on infrastructure which are necessary to promote growth and development and where necessary improve the well being of the population.
  • To communicate to the PSC Council, the wider business community and other stakeholders information on significant infrastructure developments.
  • To represents the Private Sector on the National Competitiveness Strategy group and other functioning group, bodies, agency etc that seeks to addresses or administer these areas mentioned in 1 above.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head of the Security Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or Persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not comes from organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee. E.g Guyana Association of Professional Engineers, etc.

Environment

Chairman:
Victor Fernandes

Terms of Reference

  • To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advice, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to Infrastructure and Transportation at the national level for and on behalf of the private sector and for national interest which includes roads, bridges, ports - sea and air, airstrips, sea defenses, dredging of rivers and air, water and land transportation modes and routes.
  • To monitor development on priority infrastructure projects which will significantly impact on the economic and social development of Guyana and to obtain all relevant documentation/proposals on these projects.
  • To develop and present plans for consideration to the relevant authorities in the areas of responsibilities mentioned in 1 above.
  • To critical review all plans and existing situations in relation to agreed priority areas and to make recommendation for improvement.
  • To hold discussions with key government functionaries, consultants, investors, and organisations etc., on proposed developments with the aim of obtaining a clear understanding of what is intended and to communicate the views of the PSC as necessary.
  • To consult with other key stakeholders on proposed developments and give due consideration to their views and positions.
  • To identify and develop positions on infrastructure which are necessary to promote growth and development and where necessary improve the well being of the population.
  • To communicate to the PSC Council, the wider business community and other stakeholders information on significant infrastructure developments.
  • To represents the Private Sector on the National Competitiveness Strategy group and other functioning group, bodies, agency etc that seeks to addresses or administer these areas mentioned in 1 above.

Members of the sub-committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  • Private Sector Commission
  • Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members
  • Head of the Security Department from Corporate Members
  • Organizations or Persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not comes from organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee. E.g Guyana Association of Professional Engineers, etc.

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