More confusion from Jordan

first_imgDear Editor,I have written about the quicksilver nature of this Government with regard to vitally important economic decisions which have had negative effects on our country, and the fact that our citizens will continue to suffer the ripple effects of those decisions for generations to come.The media reported in an article under a caption which reads ‘$15 billion to Reopen Estates’ that “Gov’t seeks funds to restart operations at Skeldon and Enmore”, according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Now, after many criticisms from the public, the Finance Minister has changed his tune, not unlike the US$18 million signing bonus. An official from the Ministry of Finance has stated, “I can confirm to you that the Minister was misunderstood. The finance being sourced is for the operations of GuySuCo and its three estates — Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt; it has nothing to do with the four closed estates. This is being handled separately”.If this is so, then how come the SPU is involved in the negotiations of the $15 billion loan from the commercial banks? The SPU is involved in the preparation for sale, and the sale of the closed Estates, and NOT the operational Estates. The closed estates are separate entities. Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt are still being run by GuySuCo, and not NICIL! Something is definitely fishy here!Furthermore, Minister Jordan was reported to have said that the revenue from the sale of the estates and land will be used to repay the proposed $15 billion loan within 3-5 years. He stressed that, “This will be a government debt, so that when we get a buyer, we will service the debt”.When this is evaluated from the statement made by the same minister — that there is a new model of operation which will make GuySuCo more ‘cost efficient,’ and therefore profitable — it leaves us in a quandary as to the real reason for the requirement of the proposed loan to finance existing operations at the three estates. Why not use this ‘model’ on the three estates being operated by GuySuCo?I still do feel that another lie will be forthcoming in regard to the financing of the closed estate, to facilitate ‘miniature operations’ and to avoid the ‘moth balling process’!It is also reported that 30,000 tons of canes will be harvested at Enmore to produce sugar for DDL. Let us do a simple calculation about the revenue factor. At a TC/TS of 15, it means that 1200 tons of molasses will be produced with 2000 tons of sugar. This should bring in an approximate income of $19.5 million from molasses and $212 million from sugar sales at US$500 per ton, a total income of $231.5 million. However, if all the canes are utilized for molasses purpose only, then approximately 4500 tons of molasses will be produced at a local market value of $73.3 million, and a loss of approximately $158.2 million will result!How will this bring profits to GuySuCo? In addition, we need to be given some estimates and some hard facts by the Minister of Finance how the injection of $15 billion will result in profits? Or is this a ‘figment of his imagination’?We have been exposed to ‘voodoo economics’ by this Coalition Government for too long!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor– Region 6last_img read more