GCCI comes out in full support of USAID LEAD Project; urges productive dialogue

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GCCI's President Clinton Urling
GCCI’s President Clinton Urling

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is urging the Guyana Government and officials from the US Embassy to resume the discussion concerning the USAID Leadership and Democracy Project (LEAD) with the objective of identifying a mutually feasible, pragmatic common ground so that the project can be implemented effectively.

The Chamber in a release said, after meetings with representatives from both sides, it learned that all parties were ready to engage officially on the issue. However, the government has one precondition that must be satisfied before the dialogue can proceed and that is that the US Government should halt the current implementation of the project until the points of concern are resolved.

The Chamber believes this is a reasonable request that the US Embassy should consider.

Additionally, the GCCI says it fully supports and endorses the objectives of the LEAD project. The Chamber believes that its implementation will strengthen political institutions and enhance citizen understanding of how individuals can engage in the larger civic and political discourse in their communities and throughout the country.

“Similarly, the project aims to bolster the operations of the National Assembly by giving parliamentarians the essential tools for delivering effective representation and policy formulation that represents the most ideal, mutually productive interests of Guyana, as a whole.”

The Chamber also believes that the project is timely and welcomes it, considering the current parliamentary makeup and circumstances.

“The Chamber sees the LEAD project as instrumental in meeting the need to foster an environment where compromise and cooperation in the country’s interests comprise the cornerstone of good policy making” the statement added.

The body says it also recognizes the importance of strong political and governance institutions in ensuring a stable political environment that leads to social and economic prosperity.

The Administration had rejected the project, stating that it had no input in the final design. But despite its rejection there were reports of aspects of the project still being implemented in parts of the country.

 

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