Government defers scrap metal legislation to 2019

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first_imgGovernment has deferred the deadline for bringing legislation to govern the scrap metal trade to the National Assembly, to next year.This was revealed during the second day of consideration of the Budget 2019 estimates when Business Minister Dominic Gaskin was questioned about allocations to various agencies under the Ministry.He was previously optimistic of bringing the scrap metal legislation to the House by this year end, following much back and forth after the trade was halted by Government.The ban was temporarily lifted in February 2017, after it was imposed in JuneBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin2015. The Business Minister revealed in September that Government would be reopening the trade of scrap metal for three-month stints at a time until the relevant legislation was tabled. In June 2018, he had said that the new legislation was taken to the Cabinet and approved at that level. The next step, he had noted, would have been to approach the National Assembly.“Hopefully, before the end of the year, we will have a new legislation.  We will have a new software system that we are using, and we will have a Board of Directors to oversee the scrap metal unit, and I believe we’ll have something firm and solid in place to regulate the scrap metal industry,” Gaskin had told the media earlier this year.However, following that declaration, the legislation was finalised in the Attorney General’s Chambers and has since been awaiting passage in the National Assembly. Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.The main reason for this was to allow exporters to ship out the existing stock over a limited period of three months, to ensure that there was no pile-up of these materials. However, in April 2018, after several months of delays, Government decided to reopen the trade to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the full resumption of the trade had not been announced, Gaskin had told this publication that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumed, creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it was working and would also help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired from some of the exporters or dealers’ yards.It was after a forensic audit conducted by the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) that Government had removed the responsibility for the trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to the Business Ministry.last_img read more


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first_imgSouth Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has announced his decision to retire from one-day international cricket after the upcoming ICC World Cup in May.Tahir though has expressed his desire to play T20 cricket for the Proteas at least until the T20 World Cup next year.”I have always wanted to play in the World Cup,” Tahir said. “It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then.””After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity,” he added.Tahir has played 20 Tests, 95 ODIs and 37 T20Is for South Africa since his debut in 2011. He was 57 wickets in Tests, 156 in ODIs and 62 in the shortest format in international cricket.”I would love to play for as long as I can,” Tahir said. “But there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life.”I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa.”advertisementTahir is the second high-profile cricketer after Chris Gayle, who will be retiring from the 50-over format in international cricket after the World Cup. The West Indies legend had announced last month that he will quit playing ODI cricket after the showpiece event.Gayle has since scored 424 runs in the five-ODI series against England at a whopping average of 106 with two hundreds and as many fifties.last_img read more