Mere subterfuge and deception

first_imgDear Editor,There has certainly been a buzz around Guyana since the discovery of oil in commercially exploitable quantities.  Every day you can read something about Guyana internationally, be it in the Oil & Gas Journal, the New York Times, and so on.  But no one speaks about the Guyanese economic prospect of the high risk of wasting all these funds because of corrupt ruling politicians and weak national institutions.When President Granger spoke from the Parliament Buildings on May 16, 2015, he said, “Let us now put past rivalries behind us and work in unity to banish poverty, ignorance, fear, and hatred. We assemble here today to witness the swearing in, not of a party leader, but of the President of all the people. I shall be a good President for all the people”. Editor, what do you think of his rhetoric now?Between the rhetoric and the reality, all we got from Team Granger so far was a fairy tale after they spent some $1.1 trillion of taxpayers’ money.One is struck by the complete lack of commitment and competence by Team Granger toward this concept of the “good life”. After four (4) years of Grangerism, the road to a new Guyana appears littered with the wreckage of the usually empty PNC messages from the past. These messages – “the good life”, “a Government of national unity”, “the opportunity to offer democratic renewal”, and so on, were all offered by Mr Granger personally.But since that offering, all that Team Granger has done was embark on a massive administrative disaster fuelled by high levels of policy paralysis and gross incompetence. This situation is nothing but a bad omen for the Guyanese people.They have delivered very little of what they promised after these four (4) years. It was Team Granger who promised to “free the people from the shackles of racism” but yet in every single appointment they have made, the evidence reveals a ratio of them choosing, 9 out of 10 times, people who are “kith and kin” (Hoyte’s words) and “PNC people” (Volda’s words).These people promised to solve the endemic problems of corruption, nepotism and crime but they have not. It was Mr Granger himself who promised to “protect our citizens” using his military training to guide policies to allow the Guyanese people to feel safe.  Today every woman, man, and child are at a greater risk of being robbed, murdered or physically harmed at the hands of domestic terrorists (drug-infused-kick-down-the-door armed bandits included).Thus, if one reflects on these Granger phrases, they appear as mere subterfuge and deception.  All that talk on the foyer of the Guyana Parliament on May 15, 2015, were really a smokescreen for the real agenda, which Team Granger pursued diligently since coming to the office.The rational middle not was fooled because regardless of how you dress up Team Granger, it is nothing but the same old PNC with its nepotism, political intolerance, major acts of conflict of interest, executive incompetence and financial squander.That is their legacy.  The Granger legacy!  The PNC legacy!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

$10 Million for Competitiveness Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Competitiveness Enhancement Programme has received $10 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.The programme is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).It aims to facilitate economic growth by improving the competitiveness environment in Jamaica, through the promotion of specific reforms to reduce the cost of doing business, thereby improving efficiency and the ability of businesses to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.Physical achievements up to February 2013 include: Phase II amalgamation of payroll taxes (Development of Consolidated Annual Return form); tax reform; land and titling reform; implementation of Phase II growth inducement strategy; and 70 per cent completion of the secured transactions legislative process.Anticipated targets for 2013/14 include: continued implementation of growth inducement strategy; reducing distortions in the current tax system; strengthening of tax policy and simplification of tax administration; reform of the secured transactions framework; and strengthening land property rights, inclusive of probate and land transfer reform, and the development of a strategy to optimise revenue yield from public lands.The programme, which started in April 2008, is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more