GMSA AGM hears…as GMSA sees 14% membership growthMinister of State, Joseph Harmon said Government was working with the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission to enforce compliance with the Consumer Affairs Act to target, among other things, price fixing, conspiracy, dumping of inferior and harmful products, and misleading advertisements.He noted this move was to protect consumers from errant Private Sector operatives.The Minister made the statement following a call by former Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) President Ramesh Dookhoo for theOutgoing President Shyam Nokta addressing stakeholdersimplementation of anti-dumping legislation. He made the call at the GMSA’s Annual General Meeting at the Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday.“We need to introduce anti-dumping legislation in Guyana. We have been preaching this for 10 years… we have moved from a state where we never had anything in 1985 and now we moved to a stage where we import everything. It don’t matter what the standard is. We import everything into Guyana,” Dookhoo noted.He said the Private Sector would have written letters to over six Ministers during various Governments pleading with them to provide the relative framework to combat the dumping issue, but had no success.Providing an example, Dookhoo, who is an executive at Banks DIH, said there was currently a beer on the market selling six for $1000 causing unfair competition.In response, Minister Harmon urged the Private Sector to ensure there were noA section of the stakeholdersdouble standards when the Government fully implemented measures to tackle dumping.“I recall last year when certain arms within the Government started to take steps to clamp down on dumping, many of us here in the Private Sector cried foul. When people were bringing items that were mislabelled and passing it off on the Guyanese consumers, we were castigated about that, but it is the responsibility of the Government and I must say that it is your responsibility as the GMSA to ensure that consumers are protected from these vile practices,” Harmon indicated.Addressing stakeholders was outgoing GMSA President Shyam Nokta, who noted that despite several measures implemented in the 2018 Budget, most of the proposed measures critical to the manufacturing process and the overall growth of the sector were still outstanding. He added that at the end of June 2017, light manufacturing had marginally grown from 1.3 per cent to 1.9 per cent with a 2.4 per cent projected growth for 2018.“We are still waiting for full-year statistics from the Bank of Guyana for 2017,” Nokta noted.He added that key barriers to the manufacturing sector continued to prevail, but explained that they were being addressed through the Ministerial Roundtable engagement with Finance Minister Winston Jordan. Additionally, Nokta explained that the GMSA advocated for the removal of Valued Added Tax (VAT) on electricity as well as for locally manufactured items to be given a greater share in public procurement.“In addition to the removal of VAT on electricity, to have adjusted/reduced tariffs for manufacturing entities based on performance thresholds and incentives for renewable energy technologies most critical for urgent action to address the transmission and distribution system and advance mature and feasible initiatives for renewable energy,” Nokta said.He also called for the Government to include the GMSA in the booming oil and gas sector, adding that a local content framework was integral to ensuring that local businesses benefit from the opportunities offered by the sector.Nokta also revealed that in addition to raising the profile of the GMSA, they have been able to spark renewed interest among existing members as well as encourage new members. He revealed that at the end of February 2018, the GMSA would have seen its membership growing by 14 per cent.
And for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose future has been the subject of much speculation amid reports that Mourinho will listen to offers for the Armenian when the January transfer window opens, his 20-minute substitute cameo against the Championship side was hardly encouraging.Of the potential returning players for the visit to Leicester, right-back Antonio Valencia has a hamstring problem but is expected to recover in time.To worsen Mourinho’s mood, and his team’s preparation for the Leicester game, they did not return to Manchester until 0500 GMT on Thursday after fog forced the cancellation of their private flight.Leicester host Mourinho’s side on the back of their own League Cup defeat on Wednesday to United’s cross-city rivals Manchester City.But having taken Pep Guardiola’s side to penalties, Foxes defender Christian Fuchs said the former Premier League champions, revitalised under new manager Claude Puel, will enter the weekend with confidence.“It gives us a good feeling with the way we played,” he said. “We didn’t win but we kept possession, it felt good and it gives us confidence back.“We’re happy with the performance. The feeling of disappointment we have now, we can be proud and go into the United game with a good feeling.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) More relevant to the futures of some of his fringe players, the performance means they will not be considered when Mourinho focuses on the more urgent matter of trying to cut into Manchester City’s 11-point lead at the top of the table.“The reality is that the ones that were on the pitch were the ones that were not in the last (league) match and are the ones that not going to be in the next match,” he said.“I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semi-finals and also to have two more matches to play.”To add to the manager’s damning appraisal of the defeat, Mourinho also said some of his players did not even want to “come to the office” as Bristol pulled off one of the season’s major cup surprises.Paul Pogba, who returned at Bristol following a three-match suspension, is presumably exempt from such criticism.And Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started his first game of the season in the upset, is likely also to be involved at Leicester although, with doubts persisting over his match fitness, he may only be on the bench.But, with the possible additional exceptions of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, it appears unlikely that any of the starters from Ashton Gate will retain their starting positions on Saturday.For players such as Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, who have struggled to convince Mourinho that they are worthy of regular first team football, the Bristol defeat could prove especially damaging.–Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L), pictured in October 2017, is expected to start against Brighton on Saturday after being consigned to the bench by his disappointed coachmove? – 0Shares0000Manager Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lost to Bristol City in the quarter-final of the 2017 League CupMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 22- Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned players who were humbled at Bristol City they will not be in contention when his side returns to Premier League duty at Leicester on Saturday. The surprise 2-1 League Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of a Championship club means United will not retain the trophy that Mourinho won last season, his first as manager at Old Trafford.