CARICOM to rescind key appointment

GEORGETOWN – The appointment of Guyanese development specialist Dr. Naresh Singh as CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General is to be rescinded, reports say.

Demerara Waves Online News was reliably informed on Wednesday that moves to scrap his contract were underway following reports of conflict of interest which arose recently, charges Dr. Singh has denied.

A source told DemWaves that Dr. Singh had failed to disclose to CARICOM officials that he was being investigated by Canadian authorities or that he had been the subject of such observations.

The allegations of conflict of interest stem from work he did on a Canadian funded project for the region while he was employed with the Canadian International Development Agency.

He has admitted that he had failed to get the green-light for a small number of United Nations consultancies while with CIDA but has dubbed the allegations as “misleading and incorrect.”

The issue of Dr. Singh’s appointment was reportedly on the agenda of the just-concluded CARICOM heads mid-term summit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Secretary-General Irwin Larocque is expected to make an official pronouncement on the matter in the coming days. (Demerara Waves)

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