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$4M US To Be Used For The Demarcation Of Lands In Amerindian Communities

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Four million US dollars from the thirty million US dollars given to Guyana by Norway will be used to speed up the demarcation of lands in Amerindian communities across Guyana. This announcement was made today by President Bharat Jagdeo at the fourth meeting of the national Toshaou council which opened today under the theme: advancing development in a low carbon environment.

According to President Jagdeo, the demarcation of lands has been moving at a slow pace due to lack of funds and surveyors. He said that this will no longer be the case. President Jagdeo said that a total of eight million US dollars from the initial 30 million the government will receive from Norway will go towards Amerindian communities. He said for communities that decide to opt into the low carbon development strategy, an additional amount will also be given.

President Jagdeo said that his administration is also in the process of implementing several projects that the Amerindian people will benefit from greatly. Funding for these projects will not necessarily be obtained from the LCDS but also from the treasury.

The president said that these projects will be implemented regardless of what people have to say since he can recall the Amerindian people losing money from a project due to one nongovernmental organization. He also said that release of the Norway funds has been slowed down by the international community, such as the World Bank.

Several village leaders received their land titles at the end of the opening ceremony and will be in discussion with the president and his administration for the next four days.

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