Amendment to extend categories of free movement, Broadcasting Bill to be tabled in Parliament

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THE Administration continues to examine existing legislative instruments as well as initiate new ones to meet the demands of a changing society.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President yesterday said that an amendment was approved by Cabinet for the Road Traffic Act to establish traffic wardens and provide them with powers to support ranks of the Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force.

An amendment will also be tabled for the legislation with regard to free movement of skilled nationals to extend free movement to include other categories than what obtains at present. This will be complemented by an amendment to the Immigration Act to which this extension applies.
The new categories include university graduates, major workers, musicians, artistes, sports persons, teachers, registered nurses, persons holding associate degrees, artisans possessing a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), or an approved national vocational qualification, and domestics who have acquired a CVQ, or any qualification certified by the Secretary General of the CARICOM.
Additionally, the long-awaited Broadcasting Bill will be tabled in the National Assembly on July 7.
Moreover, with regard to CARICOM’s legal instrument for ratification, Dr. Luncheon disclosed that upon examining previously assented to agreements, Cabinet decided to present the agreement for ratification to Parliament on the creation of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Community’s body responsible for comprehensive disaster response. (GINA)