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Kosovo elections set for 23 October UN envoy announces

Harri Holkeri based this decision on the recommendations of an Election Working Group, endorsing all of its proposals, including one calling for closed lists, which he termed “the most appropriate option for Kosovo at this time.”During elections in 2000, using the open lists system, only 8 per cent of successful candidates were women.“The closed lists will ensure women’s participation in the Assembly of Kosovo, which currently has one of the highest percentages of women representatives,” Mr. Holkeri said, adding that open lists “tend to favor those who have high public profiles.”The announcement came during a press briefing with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who today wrapped up a five-day trip to Kosovo and Belgrade, where he had numerous meetings with representatives from all segments of society, including senior officials.Mr. Guéhenno said there was evident progress in Kosovo, citing the functioning of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, improved security, the return of displaced persons and the rebuilding of infrastructure.“At the same time I don’t think that any sound bite can catch the complexity of Kosovo,” he said, adding, “I wouldn’t be realistic if I did not also acknowledge that much remains to be done.”Among the challenges ahead, he noted the need to revive the economy and to implement the Standards – a set of benchmarks that must be reached before action on Kosovo’s final status can begin. He also pointed to the importance of improving minority representation in government and fostering observance of the rule of law.“There is a lot at stake there and it goes way beyond political issues,” he said. “It is the issue of a prosperous Kosovo, which retains its people, which attracts fine capital, which is a vibrant place, where tensions have subsided, where everybody can live with mutual respect, where there is trust, where all communities can feel comfortable and that they are respected.” read more

World Bank scores Guyana zero for electricity reliability

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Bank team providing advice on improving local business environmentApril 12, 2016In “latest news”Guyana ranks poorly on Intl Business indexAugust 28, 2016In “Business”US Ambassador urges PSC to assist in fight against corruptionJune 28, 2019In “Business” Taking account of the energy sectors in 190 countries ranging from developed to developing, the World Bank has ranked Guyana at an unflattering 165 position when it comes to reliable electricity supply.This is contained in the bank’s Doing Business 2019 report, which was recently released. While Guyana was ranked at 134 out of 190 countries when it comes to facilitating business, its score in the energy sector was much worse.On a scale of 0 to 100, Guyana was scored at 45.91 when it comes to getting electricity, while the cost as a percentage of income per capita was $421. On a scale of 0 to 8, when it comes to reliability of electricity supply and transparency of tariffs, Guyana scored 0.During a recent engagement at the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC’s) Annual General Meeting (AGM), United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann-Lynch had observed that war-torn countries like Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza received a better ranking when it comes to doing business than Guyana.But it gets worse, as, in fact, these countries received a better ranking when it comes to electricity supply as well. For instance, Iraq was rated at 61.73 out of 100 for getting electricity, though its cost per capita and reliability of supply were worse and similar, respectively, compared to Guyana.When it comes to the West Bank and Gaza, these countries were scored at 74.16 out of 100 in terms of electricity accessibility. They also received a 5 out of 8 in terms of reliability of supply and transparent rates, though the World Bank found their electricity inordinately expensive on a per capita basis.In the Caribbean, nearby Trinidad scored 84.30 out of a 100 in terms of access to electricity, while the cost per capita was just $199. When it comes to reliability of supply, the twin-island republic scored 6 out of 8.In Barbados, the island scored 65.12 out of 100 for access to electricity and 6 out of 8 in terms of reliability. The cost per capita, meanwhile, was $61.3. Jamaica also scored better than Guyana, not only in its ease of doing business, but also its electricity supply. The island scored 64.96 in its 0 to 100 score for electricity access, with a cost per capita of $203 and a reliability score of 5 out of a scale of 0 to 8.Meanwhile, the United States, with a population of over 300 million, received a score for its citizenry’s access to electricity of 82.15 out of 100. On the other hand, the individual cost per capita is $22.9.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project, which was initiated under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, could have been generating about 50 per cent more electricity than the entire GPL supply at the time in 2012. But the project was scrapped by the coalition administration who had controlled the National Assembly by a one-seat majority. Before assuming office, the APNU/AFC’s refusal to endorse AFHEP forced the main developer, Sithe Global, to walk away from the project. APNU and AFC claimed they were awaiting an evaluation from the IDB, which was in receipt of US$80 million from Norway that was specifically committed to AFHEP. But with no developer, the IDB declared an investigation was moot and the coalition Government had since ducked AFHEP, citing technical and financial concerns. read more