Amaila Falls: ‘Much harm has been done to the project by the peddling in the media self-styled pundits’ – PSC

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Chairman of the PSC, Ron Webster.
Chairman of the PSC, Ron Webster.

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) is calling on the main opposition party – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to take up the offer by President Donald Ramotar and let the talks continue in good faith in the national interest, as it relates to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.

In a statement issued today, the PSC said, “We believe that much harm has been done to the project by the peddling in the media of uninformed opinions by self-styled pundits who have based their analyses on incomplete or outdated information.   We feel that this project is too vital to the future of our nation to allow such spurious analyses to determine its fate.”

On Saturday, President Ramotar called on APNU to meet with the government’s team so that the issues by the opposition party can be addressed.

Two of APNU’s contentions, which the President vowed to address, are question of indebtedness and the matter of a reduction of the GPL tariff to the consumer.

Leader of the APNU, David Granger.
Leader of the APNU, David Granger.

“The Private Sector Commission believes the President’s offer to be fair and reasonable and a genuine effort on the part of the President to seek consensus on the Hydro project.

It is the PSC’s clear understanding that APNU is still of the opinion that the Amaila Falls project will lead to unsustainable debt and will not result in a reduction in electricity tariffs. We believe that the only fair and reasonable way to address these concerns is for APNU to engage the President’s offer. We wish, therefore, to encourage Mr. Granger to accept the offer,” the PSC stated.

According to the PSC, it has been the consistent position of APNU that the Government has failed to provide the opposition with all of the information needed to arrive at an informed decision while at the same time criticizing the project.

“What better way, therefore, to resolve APNU’s concern than a meeting with the Government’s negotiating team, with nothing withheld and everything on the table?”

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