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– urge review of concession agreement The Berbice Chambers are calling for a review of the agreement with the Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI).This came out when Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, and Second Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, met Monday with representatives of the various Chambers of Commerce in Berbice.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, was also at the meeting.The meeting with representatives from the Upper Corentyne Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UCCCI); West Berbice Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WBCIC);Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) and Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCC&DA) provided the opportunity for the government to inform businesses in the region on the status of negotiations with BBCI and the intended implementation of water taxis, a statement from Government said yesterday.Minister Patterson informed the Chambers that the government made approaches to the management of the BBCI, to reduce the tolls by $300 for motor vehicles, and ten percent on other vehicles, in lieu of a subsidy. The subsidy was planned to increase yearly, as it was the administration’s intention to reduce the tolls at the bridge every year bringing it to an acceptable rate for commuters.Ministers of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson,Wholesale NHL Jerseys, Annette Ferguson,NFL Jerseys China, and 2nd Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, at the meeting on Monday with the Berbice Chambers of Commerce. Also in the photo are Regional Chairman for Region Six, David Armogan and Regional Executive Officer, Dr. Verasammy Ramayya.“Today the discussion is not moving apace, because the BBCI put up a position that there were other issues they want discussed first, such as an extension of the concession period, fee increase and so on,” Patterson told the representatives of the Chambers.He added that although the administration in dicated its willingness to pursue talks on the matters of concern to BBCI,Authentic China Jerseys, the company continues to hold the commuters to ransom.During the interaction, members of the Chambers of Commerce revealed that businesses moving large goods and lumber were affected by an unfair implementation of charges by the bridge company. Patterson said that such a practice does not augur well for business.Additionally, a faulty scale saw persons paying in excess of US$300 to ship goods from Crabwood Creek to Georgetown. This increased transportation costs, thereby causing the businesses to lose their competitive edge.“Representatives from the Berbice Chambers of Commerce recommended that the government scrutinize the entire agreement with a view to making necessary amendments. Further,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, tolls should be reduced to $1500 for motor cars,” the Government statement said.Patterson said that amending the contract would mean that Government would have to exercise its power on the bridge company, a thing that the administration is not keen on, as it sends the wrong impression to potential investors.“We intend to stand on the agreement made, and work within its confines. Also, we will work to further negotiations with management (of the Bridge), to arrive at an agreement,Wholesale Jerseys,” Patterson told the Chambers.Other recommendations made by the Chambers of Commerce are to extend the concessions offered for the elderly and school children to include nurses and teachers, to implement a shuttle bus service system,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, and to review the financial model of the agreement to ascertain whether or not it is feasible to increase the concessionary period and simultaneously reduce the tolls.The meeting ended in consensus on the implementation of the water-taxi service.Minister Patterson said that the implementation is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the area to earn a living. He added that while he can utilize available vessels under his command, he prefers the entrepreneurs from Regions Five and Six to provide the service.The bridge is a sore point for Government which has said that the former administration hijacked it from the Guyanese people, placing its close friends as shareholders although the State has more monies in it. BBCI,Cheap Jerseys, as a result, has been dictating the direction of the bridge without allowing much say from the Government of Guyana.
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