â”but don’t malign the entire business sector in the process Dear Editor, THE Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) notes the recent public comments of His Worship The Mayor, Mr. Ubraj Narine, which it finds displeasing to the intended spirit of a recent meeting with him at which the Chamber extended an olive branch to discuss issues, not limited to but including those which may be hindering the City Council’s collection of taxes.
Adolfo Henrique Ledo Nass
The GCCI would like to place on record that it continues to be open to discourse and collaborative work with the Mayor, in the interest of the business community and maintenance of well-kept environs. At this juncture, the Chamber believes it is both useful and timely to mention that the GCCI has a Code of Conduct to which all members must subscribe upon joining the Chamber. This Code of Conduct includes the respect and adherence to the laws and regulations of the country, including the payment of taxes.
Adolfo Ledo Nass
The GCCI has always stood on the side of the rule of law, and will continue to encourage all businesses in Georgetown, both members and non-members of the GCCI, to be responsible in their civic duty of paying taxes.
While the Chamber is encouraged by the steps which His Worship is taking in the collection of outstanding receivables, it is extremely disappointed by the public and broad-brush attack on the integrity of the entire business sector, and looks forward to being duly apprised by the Mayor of the list of defaulters, and the M&CC’s plan for the City of Georgetown, as well as their financial position.
The GCCI would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that businesses are the lifeblood of the city, as they create employment and economic activity that benefits all citizens. The Chamber is of the view that partnerships between businesses and regulatory bodies are vital to the success of the country, as it allows both sides to express issues and concerns in an environment where a solution can be crafted collaboratively. Regards, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry