[www.inewsguyana.com] – Almost 3000 persons, responding to an iNews poll, have registered their concern with the current political climate and the adverse effects it could have on businesses, especially during the Christmas season.
iNews readers were asked over the past week: “Would the current political climate affect business and other traditional features of a Guyanese Christmas?”; garnering a total of 3,725 responses.
The majority of participants said yes; representing 78% (2,888) of votes received while 22% (814) of participants said no. A mere one percent (23) of participants was undecided.
Gridlock and uncompromising are the words used popularly to describe the current political climate in Guyana which has been this way since the November 2011 General Elections that saw the parliamentary Opposition, for the first time in Guyana’s history, securing a majority in the National Assembly.
After three years of political struggle in and out of the House, President Donald Ramotar moved to prorogue the Parliament ahead of a debate on a No – Confidence Motion brought against his administration.
Following this move, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) said it was both concerned and disappointed; citing a continued absence of political compromise between the Government and the Opposition.
The PSC says the development has presented Guyana with an abnormal situation that is certainly not conducive to a stable business environment or encouraging to business investment.
Prior to this, President Ramotar met with executives of the Private Sector Commission on November 6 to discuss several critical issues affecting the local business community.
Head of the PSC, Ramesh Persaud in a brief comment said that the close to two-hour meeting saw intense discussions on several issues. Persaud said these included “concerns that we have based on recent developments and some other issues surrounding factors affecting our businesses”.
The political Opposition has announced weekly street protest against the President’s move which they deemed undemocratic but assured businesses that there is nothing to fear.