Press Release – Ministry of Natural Resources reiterates Cabinet’s direction on Task Force

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Task Force established for the reorganizing and restructuring of the Guyana Forestry Commission

The Ministry of Natural Resources has taken note of the letters and commentaries regarding the functioning of the task force and wishes to reiterate the Cabinet’s direction on this matter.

In view of the national objective of moving towards a ‘green’ economy and the consequent realignment of critical agencies of State, Cabinet has approved a proposal for the restructuring of the Guyana Forestry Commission. Consequently, a Task Force has been established jointly between the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Board of Directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to address the reorganising and restructuring of the Forestry Commission.

The Task Force will include the technical and administrative talent and personnel of the MNR, the Board, and the Commission who will examine the structure and functioning of the GFC to make recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael G.C Trotman, who in turn, is mandated to present a report to Cabinet.

The Task Force’s mandate shall include, but will not be limited to, an examination and evaluation of current job descriptions and performance standards, personnel procedures, conditions of employment and appointment, wages and salary structures and payroll administration. It will further aim at improving the efficient performance and effective management of the commission by identifying training and development opportunities for staff.

The Task Force is expected to submit to the Minister of Natural Resources a work schedule with timelines and a preliminary report that would complete this assignment no later than July 2019.

The Convener of the Task Force is the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Project Coordinator (FCPF), Mr. Clayton Hall.

The Ministry hopes that this clears any uncertainties and awaits the preliminary report and work schedule.