Peoples Progressive Party/Civic:Ramjattan showed himself at the debate to be either an incompetent or a blatant liar. His first gaffe was stating that his stats came from the World Bank when in fact it came from the World Economic Forum. Then the second gaffe being the WEF having different scores than the ones he presented. But the worst gaffe was even bothering with the WEF report, which states that Guyana has a railway system.
Ramjattan claimed that the World Bank published a set of indices where Guyana scored last. Well this is the first and most minor lie. The indices is in fact published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). We decided to read through the 2010 report of WEF and found a ton of lies. Ramjattan has claimed that a total of 117 countries were surveyed, well the WEF of 2010 surveyed 139 countries. Maybe Ramjattan used an older report, but if he wants to be taken seriously he has to come with up to date facts. Ramjattan then lists his indices with their scores, here we go through some of them.
Pervasiveness of Money Laundering in the Banks: Ramjattan says “117/117”, WEF 2010 say that index does not exist.
Reliability of Police Service: Ramjattan says “116/117”, WEF 2010 says “114/139”.
Irregular payments of Public Contracts: Ramjattan says “114/117”, WEF says “109/139”.
So we have already shown that Ramjattan has no clue where his data is coming from, and at the same time his numbers do not match the latest WEF report numbers. But this is not all. This WEF report can't even be trusted. For in that same report the WEF says that the Quality of Guyana Railroad system is 90/139. Our rail system is even better than Serbia's. Serbia in fact has over 4300km of railway in use including electrified rail system. Yet Guyana trumps Serbia. If the WEF can come here and point out to us where more than 4300km of rail service exists I will be pleased. Hell, let them point out where 10km of rail services exist. Better yet 1km. The WEF based their survey on asking “experts” to rank on a scale of 1-7 “How would you (expert) assess the railroad system in your country.” Which idiot did they ask this of?
What does this show? Well there are only 2 things one can infer. Either Ramjattan is extremely lazy and did not validate the source of his data or his handlers didn't. Or, what we suspect, Ramjattan used his indices to attempt to hoodwink the people of Guyana. That he knew the indices were nonsense yet went ahead with it in the hope that Guyanese were too lazy to bother checking the facts.
Minister Robert Persaud: It is a case of intellectual dishonesty to go to Presidential Candidate discourse at our highest tertiary institution and misquote from a document done in 2006 and even present it as 2011 report. Further the report in 2006 was even discredited as it said Guyana had a railyway system and some other inventions along with a series of errors. Today, the World Bank is disassociating itself from Ramjattan's invention stating that no such report was issued on Guyana in 2011...the AFC leader not only stumbled in answering question about the economy but owes the forum an apology for dishonesty