Gouveia calls on 4 economic intellectuals for ‘straight’ answers on Amaila Project

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Professor Clive Thomas
Professor Clive Thomas

In what he described as an open letter to Christopher Ram, Ramon Gaskin, Anand Goolsaran and Dr. Clive Thomas, Capt. Gerry Gouveia requested of them answers to four questions, following the death of the Amaila Falls project.

In a preamble to his decision to question these four, the prominent Guyanese businessman explained that some see them as bitter and un-informed opponents of progress while others see them as courageous champions of the truth, but all see them as the ones who provided the analysis that killed the project.

His first question is under their analysis, what is the total public debt that would have been incurred by Guyana for Amaila Falls. Secondly, he wants them to say under their analysis, what would Amaila, once operational, have saved the taxpayer every year through the removal of the annual subsidy to GPL.

Anand Goolsaran
Anand Goolsaran

Thirdly, he asked under their analysis, what is their projection for the consumer tariff that would have been paid after Amaila became operational and finally what would have been the annual national savings as a result of the reduced dependency on fossil fuel to operate GPL generators.

Captain Gouveia is also requesting the four gentlemen that in providing the answers, if they can reference those with their previous statements on the projects. He listed the separate statements on these four questions and exposed the fact that all four had different analysis, which exposes another fact; and that is that at least three have got to be false, since only one can be correct, if at all any is.

Raymond Gaskin and Chris Ram
Raymond Gaskin and Chris Ram

Gouveia said while he does not doubt that the four gentlemen are all of strong intellect, he hope that if they conclude that they may have been mistaken in some of their comments, they will also acknowledge this. And given that history will rightly record these gentlemen as the ones who killed Guyana’s best chance of hydro-electric power in fifty years, he is also respectfully requesting that they will be clear and concise in their communications with him and the Guyanese public when they provide their answers.

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