• Too much eye-pass -insulting the intelligence of Guyanese
  • Too much thieving without at least building something to distract from such thievery

Burnham insulted Guyanese intelligence and our response was migration. He died and the world changed when the Berlin Wall came down.

This PPP has insulted and shamed Guyanese for too long (since Cheddi died in 1997) and there is no Berlin Wall to come down and you can't depend on evil men to pass on as a cure.

 

Here's why the PPP will go.

  1. In the first elections in Guyana with an impact from social media you're seeing an outpouring of angst.
  2. You're seeing notable Guyanese joining the AFC and the AFC-APNU coalition - reminiscent of when Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy came out in support of Obama and Evangelicals start putting Obama-Biden posters in the lawns of Alabama and Kentucky.
  3. There is a change atmosphere after 18 years of a Jagdeo-dominated PPP.

 

I  often wondered why Guyanese are inured to the killings that have not wrought arrests, let alone prosecution and convictions.

I often wondered why Guyanese see the Pradovilles and Mercedes of individuals who didn't own a donkey cart or a GCE or CXE qualifications and can't form a proper sentence, and bothered not to question this state of affairs.

I often wondered why with all the drug-related incidents and government thumbprints Guyanese are not outraged.

I often wondered why with all the corrupt procurement (new GPC); Internet bandwidth; and infrastructure projects with no rhyme and reason Guyanese bothered not to ask why.

I often wondered why Guyanese are not chagrined that lesser countries are advancing in many metrics of development and Guyana is stuck in a 20th century way of doing business and production.

 

I wonder no more as I see the energy, effervescence and fresh breath of multiracial coming together in a common front. Guyanese are demanding dignity - dignity in its social infrastructure, dignity in the conduct of government affairs. I see Guyanese looking at examples of past PNC brushing aside the UF in a coalition and theft of power, and of soldiers backing an undemocratic government and say this time: na lang time.

 

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PPP/C’s manifesto realistic as it is based on solid history

Written by , Published in News, Georgetown, GINA, April 25, 2015, Source

 

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), amidst a gala ambience at the Mariott Hotel, officially launched it manifesto for the upcoming May 11, General and Regional Elections.  Titled “Our Vision - Guyana Version 2.0,” the manifesto boldly declares that “The PPP/C is about Peace, Progress and Prosperity.”

 

PPP/C’s manifesto realistic as it is based on solid history

 

Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, President Donald Ramotar noted that “This Manifesto highlights the next phase of our long-term economic plan, which builds on the remarkable progress that Guyana has made under successive PPP/C Governments.”

 

He echoed that the document is tantamount to a commitment, regarding how the PPP/C will stay true to core and deep-burning values, “to ensure that nobody get left behind as our country progresses.”

 

President Ramotar synchronized with the full house, stating that “We are proud of our country and its people. We are also proud of the achievements of the PPP/C in government.

 

It is important to recognize how far our country has come.” This proclamation was deservedly met with assenting applause.

 

Dubbed VISION 2020, the manifesto seeks to further champion a united Guyana devoid of discrimination, so that it can continue to play “a leadership role in regional and hemispheric cooperation and integration.” The president added that this means that the country will be “a beacon of environmental stewardship for the rest of the world and a leader in charting a new developmental path for green growth.”

 

President Ramotar detailed that the manifesto also highlights that Guyana is about remaining “a democratic country, governed by the rule of law and where the Constitution is sacrosanct; where the rights and freedoms of the individual are safeguarded and where there are effective and efficient law enforcement and judicial systems in place.”

 

He took the time to remind the rapt audience that “the road (Guyana has) travelled over the last over two decades was a long and difficult, requiring many sacrifices from the people.” This he pointed out resulted in a better country as “we (now) have an economy that is built on strong foundations, and it is these foundations that are enabling small and large businesses across Guyana to create new, modern jobs.”

 

Solid ground work thus far is most critical to “Guyana’s attracting record-breaking levels of foreign investment, and unprecedented numbers of Guyanese now own their homes.”

 

The Guyanese Head took great pride in the fact that “we have achieved Universal Primary Education, and are close to achieving Universal Secondary Education.”  He poignantly reminded the gathering that Guyana now boasts a system that is accessible to all, so as “to create economic safety nets to protect the most vulnerable in our society; to repair broken infrastructure and build new roads, and water and air transportation facilities.” These visible and irrefutable symbols of progress, according to the president “are the reasons we are on track to meet most of our Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015.”

 

President Ramotar contrasted the incumbent against the alternative proposition presented by the Coalition (Alliance for Change/A Partnership for National Unity). He recounted history by summarising that it was the very Coalition’s leaders who bankrupted Guyana, and even after being ejected from governing the country, “they resumed their anti-development practices for just over three years, using the one-seat majority in the National Assembly” in a most diabolical and destructive manner.

 

 “This Manifesto sets out our goals and our plans. (And) If you entrust us to deliver them, we give you our word that we will not let you down. We will do everything within our power to ensure that your dreams and hope for a better life is realised.”

 

 

Former Speaker weighs in on pending visit by Jimmy Carter

April 19, 2015 8:56 am Category: Opinion A+ / A-

PRESIDENT CARTER, A TRUE FRIEND OF GUYANA, VISITS AGAIN.

By Ralph Ramkarran

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran.

When the US Government under President Bush decided in 1990 that it would support free and fair elections in Guyana, it was the Carter Centre that was called upon to act as the midwife for a new era of democracy in Guyana. Even though the Hoyte government’s lifeline of international financial and diplomatic support had been partially severed, the government still resisted the reforms demanded by the then opposition.

It required the renowned stature and nuanced diplomatic skills of President Carter to negotiate the necessary concessions that would guarantee free and fair elections. President Carter’s name will remain forever associated with Guyana’s democracy.

President Carter and the Carter Centre remained engaged with Guyana. It established a permanent office, mounted a second full observer mission for the 2001 elections and conducted a focused observation for the 2006 elections. On both occasions it concluded that the elections were free and fair. Even though the opposition has never accepted the credibility of any elections after 1992, the presence of the Carter Centre and other observer missions and their positive conclusions, satisfied the international community.

Former US President, Jimmy Carter

Former US President, Jimmy Carter

As a result the opposition’s campaigns had little traction outside Guyana. Today we have the ludicrous spectacle of both parties alleging that the 2011 elections were rigged against them.

After the 1992 elections the Carter Centre assisted in preparing the National Development Strategy (“NDS&rdquo in six volumes, which was launched by President Jagan on January 6, 1997. It was finalized in 2000 after civil society participation under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth King, a leading official of the PNCR at the time. It was thereafter described on the NDS website as seeking “to define our most urgent priorities and, in every case, clearly lays down concrete policy reforms and actions. It is the product of many of us: Guyanese of all races and diverse professions. To implement it and to realize the dream it embodies would require the collaboration of the entire nation…”

The collaborative process by civil society opened up the real possibility of a social contract in Guyana based on the NDS, which would forge broad-based agreements as to the policies to move Guyana forward. But the NDS was soon after, quietly, shunted aside and ignored, only to be dusted off from time to time to propagandize about government policies being in line with the nationally acclaimed NDS.

In 2010 the late Winston Murray, a PNCR leader and MP, attempted to rescue the NDS from oblivion and re-introduce it into the national discourse. He tabled a motion in the National Assembly for its revision by a Special Select Committee. The Government rejected his argument and amended the motion, which was passed, to refer the NDS to the Ministry of Finance for revision. It was so referred and no one has since heard of it. Having invested a great deal of time and money to get the NDS prepared and accepted, and having seen its abandonment after 2000, may have contributed to President Carter’s negative assessment about Guyana which he expressed in 2004.

In 2004 President Carter visited Guyana for the last time at the invitation of President Jagdeo. He had wide consultations in an effort to resolve the political problems confronting Guyana, as so many have tried to do in the past. On leaving Guyana, he said: “Instead of achieving this crucial goal of inclusive and shared governance, the Guyanese Government remains divided with a winner-take-all concept that continues to polarize many aspects of the nation’s life…There are only spasmodic meetings between political leaders and publicized agreements between those rare and brief sessions have not been fulfilled.”

He recommended substantive governance and electoral reforms and the formation of an independent civil society forum to lead a structured discussion on a vision of governance for Guyana to promote reconciliation in an ethnically divided landscape. President Carter’s views found no favour with the government or the PPP and the Carter Centre thereafter disengaged from Guyana.

President Carter would be aware of the deteriorating political realities in Guyana after the 2011 elections. The loss of the majority by the PPP and the formation of a minority government, which has tried to cling to office for three plus years, have led to gridlock, lack of progress and frustration. Instead of forming a coalition government which would have aided national unity and result in much progress, the government has steadfastly resisted any such approach and stubbornly held on to the winner-take-all policy, about which President Carter complained.

With this background, it is not known what President Carter expects the outcome of his visit to be. His engagement with Guyana and the investment in time and money that the Carter Centre has made, suggest that his visit could involve a bit more than mere observing of the elections. It could well be that he recognizes its uncertain outcome and that he wishes to make an input in restraining any negative reactions to the results, whatever they are.

President Carter’s presence can also potentially lead to new political realities, whichever party wins. His message of 2004 is still powerfully resonant today. Hopefully, this true friend of Guyana may still find a way, without interfering, about which he is always careful, to reinforce that message.

April 19, 2015 8:56 am Category: Opinion A+ / A-

 

 

 

Manifesto: PPP/C to approach Norway for another financing plan; promises job creation

April 25, 2015 5:15 pm Category: latest news A+ / A-

By Jomo Paul

A section of the gathering at the launch of the PPP/C Manifesto at the Guyana Marriott.

A section of the gathering at the launch of the PPP/C Manifesto at the Guyana Marriott.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – As part of its economic plan for the next five years, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic plans to approach Norway to acquire another financing deal with the European country as a follow up to the Low Carbon Development Strategy [LCDS].

The Party’s official manifesto – Our Vision: Guyana Version 2.0 – states that it recognizes that a greener economy in Guyana will require progress across all sectors, and the Party remains dedicated to leading the transition towards a green economy brand through sustainable, green economic growth and job creation initiatives.

The commitments include “A Second commitment period of financing with the Kingdom of Norway will be pursued, as well as other financing for avoided deforestation and ecosystem services. Using funds earned from the sale of forest climate services to support a new suite of projects aimed at: creating new, low carbon jobs for small entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and hinterland communities; improving and expanding infrastructure on the coast and hinterland to support climate change adaptation; and improving early warning systems and forecasting capabilities and emergency response mechanisms and iplementing a programme in collaboration with international partners and expertise to improve energy efficiency and install low-carbon technology in key productive sectors aimed at value-adding. Emphasis will be placed on agriculture, forestry and manufacturing.”

Incumbent President, Donald Ramotar arrives for the launching of the Manifesto.

Incumbent President, Donald Ramotar arrives for the launching of the Manifesto.

It was stated that through Guyana’s oil and gas sector which is expected to boom sometime this year, the PPP administration has promulgated that the oil and gas sector will provide hundreds of jobs which will prove to be an additional boost to Guyana’s economy.

“Our agenda for the sustainable development of the mining sector acknowledges the country’s rich mineral resources, coupled with the need to respect its forests and wildlife and the rights of the Amerindian communities, balanced with the necessity of encouraging wider economic growth and creating employment opportunities,” the document noted.

According to the PPP, it will continue to secure and maintain the natural capital of Guyana by protecting 99.5% of forests while at the same time promoting sustainable utilization for the benefit of all Guyanese. We will ensure the highest level of environmental performance by industries and guarantee a safe and healthy environment for all citizens.

Over the next five years, three new large modern gold mines will be operational which will create hundreds of new jobs, as well as new investments in oil and gas exploration and possibly development, the manifesto said.

It was also stated that, a review of the current Incentives Portfolio for the mining sector will be undertaken with emphasis on small and medium scale mining for gold and diamond mining.

Meanwhile, the document also detailed intended policies for economic growth, the creation of jobs and wealth such as the construction of Call Centres in Enmore, East Coast Demerara, Tushen, West Coast Demerara, Corentyne, Linden and Essequibo Coast.

It was noted that the call centres will create more than 5000 direct jobs. Additionally, should they be voted back into the office, the Party has promised the construction of Chip Factories in Wakenaam and Leguan, which are expected to create more than 40 direct jobs for women and youths.

View the full manifesto here: http://www.inewsguyana.com/wp-...festo-Pages-2015.pdf