|Presidential Adviser on Governance, Gail Teixeira, last evening said that following another round of government and Region 10 delegation discussions, an agreement has been reached for the four areas that were under discussion, and which both parties have initialled. The Region 10 administration is expected to discuss the agreement with Lindeners today, after which they will return to the negotiating table on Monday to sign the agreement.
Ms Teixeira indicated that the initialling of the agreement by both parties indicates an agreement on the text that has been negotiated; and with the signing on Monday, both parties will be committed to what is agreed to and what is contained in the document.
“The four areas that we agreed to discuss were the issue of the tariff increase and the creation of a technical team that has specific terms of reference…committee members have been decided on…that committee will commence its work shortly… the second area of discussion surrounded the establishment of an economic team and its terms of reference which were also agreed to, and the mechanism for the appointment for the economic team…there were some interim measures agreed to while the economic committee is functioning,” Teixeira explained.
She added that both parties also agreed to and discussed the licensing in relation to the Region 10 television station, in accordance with the law, along with the mechanisms for the establishment of the regional land selection committee.
Additionally, government will hand over the dish and the transmitter to Region 10, as agreed upon in Linden when President Donald Ramotar met with Lindeners.
“As far as the government is concerned…we have reached agreement to the point of which government initialled it…we feel that today, a benchmark has been reached in terms of the amount of work that has gone on between the two sides…we anticipate that they will be in good faith and return to normalcy,” Teixeira said.
The agreement was initialled by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Public Works Minister Robeson Benn; Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon and Teixeira; Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon; APNU MP Vanessa Kissoon; Vice Chairman of APNU Rupert Roopnarine; and Aubrey Norton.
“Region 10 has said that they will take the agreement to the people of Linden today so that they are informed about what agreement has been reached… we look forward on Monday to signing the agreement which will bind us to the commitments that have been made to working towards implementation of the four areas within the timeline set for those four areas,” Teixeira said.
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