Gov’t relooking at placement of Wales estate admin staff
GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, November 17, 2016
The administrative staff of the Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara would have to wait a bit longer as government continues to identify alternative estates for their placement.
Speaking today, at a post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman stated that Cabinet has received reports that due to the state of the entire sugar industry, finding alternatives for the absorption of the staff has been delayed.
“I am unable to report except to say that indeed again Cabinet did receive quite a sobering report from representatives of the sugar industry three weeks ago, coming out of which again proposals were made. We were reminded of the dire state of the industry and the decline over a number of years, this didn’t happen over the last 18 months, but in fact the destruction began much earlier,” Minister Trotman said.
Minister Trotman said that a sub-committee has once again been structured to examine other estates that are under consideration for placement of the staff.
Operations at the Wales factory have been merged with those of the Uitvlugt Sugar estate, but Trotman said, “I don’t believe that there is much displacement of senior staff, the question becomes now, what to do with lands, so government is looking at several options.”