President Jagdeo to host reception for Toshaos
Guyana Chronicle
February 13, 2004

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PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo will host a reception at the Umana Yana, High Street, Kingston, today in honour of the 100-odd Amerindian Chiefs representing their communities at a National Toshaos meeting.

The four-day deliberations of the Toshaos Amerindian Committees in Guyana concludes today at the Hotel Tower, Main Street.

Cabinet Secretary/Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, who made the announcement at his weekly post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, said the Toshaos are addressing the issue of their membership and nominations to the Constitutional Indigenous People's Commission (IPC).

Under the Constitution Reform Process, which created the Commission, provision is made for the Toshaos to nominate three members to the Commission, along with training for Rural Constables and Justices of Peace to enable them to effectively perform their duties.

Dr Luncheon noted, too, that the gathering of Amerindian Chiefs are also using the opportunity to follow-up on concerns of their communities with sector ministers, state and other related government bodies.

President Jagdeo in delivering the feature address at the opening of the four-meeting on Tuesday, said Government is hoping to have the Revised Amerindian Act passed in the National Assembly this year.