Government Continue To Use Eprocure Website Even Though Targeted Persons Might Not Know Of Its Existence
The administration intends to continue the full use of its Eprocure website for government advertising regardless of the fact that many of the persons who the ads may be targeting may not even know of the site’s existence. Government’s move has resulted in an almost full blackout in government agencies and offices advertising in the privately owned newspapers.
Both the Stabroek News and the Kaieteur News have seen government ads being withdrawn. Just a few ads would appear from time to time. For the two companies, the decision by government has resulted in a loss of considerable revenue.
The Stabroek News has decided to find other avenues to keep its purse strings together. The independent daily on Sunday announced that from the first of December internet users will have to pay to get access to the newspapers’ online edition. The move is a first for Guyana and the Caribbean by a daily newspaper and already internet users on the company’s website seem divided over the move. Some say they understand and have no problem paying up while others have indicated they’ll be forced to find other information avenues.
There were several persons leaving comments on the website who appeared very critical of the government’s move to withdraw advertising from the newspapers. Government has indicated that it too is looking at costs and spending.