Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Environmental Management Consultants, Shyam Nokta, has been re-elected unopposed as President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).The association’s annual general meeting (AGM) was held on March 28 but the election of the president and the other executives was done on April 12, 2018 when the newly selected Board of Directors held its first meeting.Other executives elected during last month’s AGM were: CEO of Sterling Products Ltd., Ramsay Ali, who was re-elected 1st Vice President; Ramesh Dookhoo of Banks DIH Limited, who was elected as 2nd Vice President; and Glenis Hodge of Tropical Shipping, who was elected as the 3rd Vice President.Reelected president of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Shyam Nokta along with some of the members of the Board of DirectorsAdditionally, Rafeek Khan of Woods Direct – Durable Wood Products, was elected Chairman of the Forestry & Wood Products sub-sector; Carlos Mendonca of Ricks & Sari was elected Chairman of the Agro-Processing sub-sector; Mahadeo Panchu of KSM Investments was elected Chairman of the Construction & Engineering sub-sector; Brian James of Guyana Pawnbroking and Trading Company/Royal Castle Restaurants, was elected Chairman of the Fast-Food sub-sector; and Major General (Ret’d) Norman McLean of Bosai Minerals Group was elected Chairman of the Extractive Industries sub-sector.Meanwhile, Yonette Jeffers of Laparkan Freight Forwarding; Clement Duncan of Swansea Industrial Associates; Joycelyn Williams of JTW Associates Management Institute; Peter Pompey of Brass, Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Raymond Ramsaroop of Edward B. Beharry & Sons Co. Ltd; Clinton Williams of Guyana National Industrial Company; Andre Cummings of Cummings Wood Products; Allison Butters-Grant of Global Seafood Distributors; and Carol Webster of O-Squared Consulting were all elected executive members of the new GMSA Board of Directors.Nokta and the other board members will serve for the period 2018-2019. In his acceptance speech, the re-elected GMSA president indicated that his main objective over the next year will be to further expand the membership of the organisation.He noted that an important area of focus will be facilitating the resolution of issues affecting members, principal among which are in relation to the tax regime and access to markets for locally manufactured products.According to Nokta, emphasis will be placed on strengthening important sub-sector bodies covering agro-processing; services; chemical and pharmaceuticals; construction and engineering; forestry and wood products; fast foods; and minerals and related products.He went on to express his strong interest in seeing the GMSA strengthen strategic partnerships with other business support organizations (BSO) to position the business community to maximize opportunities from new and emerging sectors such as the imminent hydrocarbon industry.He further highlighted initiatives undertaken by the GMSA in the last year, such as the Ministerial Roundtables and UncappeD, which have had success and will continue in the next year.The GMSA has over 100 member companies covering the manufacturing and services sectors.
1 Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United are keen on signing Marko Arnautovic, the West Ham forward, this summer. Jose Mourinho was spotted watching Austria’s friendly against Russia on Wednesday, which featured Arnautovic. (Evening Standard)Mourinho has also told United NOT to spend £200m on Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid forward, but he does want to sign him (Sun)Liverpool have submitted a bid worth almost £53m for Nabil Fekir, the Lyons and France attacking midfielder. (Le Parisien)The Reds are also continuing their search for a new goalkeeper, and they have added Jasper Cillessen of Barcelona to their shortlist. (Mundo Deportivo)Arsenal have offered Aaron Ramsey, the Wales midfielder, a new five-year contract as he enters the final year of his exisiting deal. (Times)Robert Lewandowski is a target of Chelsea’s following the announcement of his decision to leave Bayern Munich this summer. (Mirror)Arsenal are to sign Yacine Adil, the 17-year-old midfielder, from Paris Saint-Germain. (Mirror)Fulham will have to pay around £20m to turn Aleksandar Mitrovic’s loan deal into a permanent one. (Evening Standard)Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt could be the subject of interest from Everton this summer, with the Toffees tracking the Dutch full-back previously. (Daily Mail)And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories:Fernando Torres to follow Andres Iniesta to J. League after striker’s alleged move to Sagan Tosu was revealed by mistakeChelsea FC transfer news: Blues and Paris Saint-Germain are tracking Juventus striker Gonzalo HiguainLiverpool FC transfer news: Juventus set to complete Emre Can switch before the end of the week – reportsWest Ham United FC transfer news: Five-year deal for Marlon close to completion – reportsGareth Bale transfer news: How Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and PSG could line up if they sign Real Madrid star