Bio data- Nanda Kissore Gopaul (Dr., M.P.)
A pro-people person and dedicated Guyanese, Nanda Kissore Gopaul, was raised along Guyana's Eastern corridor and pursued an activist role in the trade union movement at an early age.
At the age of 18, he joined the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), a national Trade Union, beginning as Branch Chairman and serving as Executive Council Member, Treasurer, General Secretary and General President for more than 25 years.
During the period 1972 to 1989, Gopaul was active in the struggle for democracy in Guyana, having served in the Civil Liberties Action Council (CLAC), the Committee in Defence of Democracy (CDD), and the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy. He also served as a Co- President of the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA). In 1990 he was the coordinator of the Guyanese Action for Reform and Democracy (GUARD) the forerunner in the battle for free and fair elections in Guyana.
In 1981 Gopaul was awarded a scholarship to the USA by the Agency for International Development on Human Resource Utilization and participated in training programmes in several institutions, including Cornell University. Subsequently, in the 1986/87 academic year, he attended the University of Glasgow where he completed his M.Phil. in Industrial Relations. From January 1994, to May 1996 he was awarded a Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a "Chevening Scholar" to read for the Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies at the Warwick Business School.
From 1999 to 2011, Dr. Gopaul served as the Head of the Public Service and Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry.
He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Guyana Sugar Corporation Limited, New Building Society and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and Directors of numerous others Boards, including the Critchlow Labour College, Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund and the Film Censors.
In September 2006, Dr. Gopaul was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, a post he served with dignity and distinction until he was appointed Minister and Member of Parliament.
In December 2011, Dr. Gopaul was appointed the Minister of Labour. He took the Oath of Office as a Technocrat Minister on December 5, 2011. Since then, he has been playing a laudable role in development of the working class and also the socio-economic upliftment of the people. Notable achievements under his stewardship include the introduction for the first time in Guyana a National Minimum Wage and 40-hour Work Week, as well as the ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189, a landmark treaty for domestic workers and the signing of Guyana to the ILO Decent Work Country Programme.
Dr. Gopaul is the recipient of NAACIE's highest award for the advancement of trade unionism in Guyana.
Permanent Secretary (a.i.):
Mr. Patrick Findlay
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Heads of Departments:
Chief Labour Officer, Mr. Charles Ogle (bio outstanding)
Chief Cooperative Development Officer, Mrs. Carol Valz (bio outstanding)
Chief Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency, Ms. Valarie Moore:
Valarie Moore, a graduate from the University of Guyana Social Work Programme, has been head of the Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency (CRMA) since 2013. She acted as Chief Recruitment and Manpower Officer previously (2008 – 2013).
Ms. Moore joined the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security's Recruitment and Manpower Division in 1986 after serving the Ministry of Education for a number of years.
Chief Statistician, Mr. Ivelaw Henry:
Ivelaw Henry, a graduate of the of the University of Guyana in Economics, is the Head of the Statistical Unit at the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security since 1999.
Chief Executive Officer, Board of Industrial Training, Ms. Maria Khellawan (outstanding)
Consultant, Mr. Francis Caroll (outstanding)
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