Govt. bask in growth recorded in 2013; disappointed with work of National Assembly


[] – Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon on Tuesday (December 31) while reflecting on 2013 said it was a successive year, maintaining eight years of consecutive growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Guyana is reported to have recorded an almost five percent economic growth in 2013.

The HPS said this was particularly due to prudent management and application of sound macroeconomic fundamentals.

According to Dr. Luncheon, the productive sector contributed significantly to the growth recorded and the increase in GDP. He added that the record production in rice and declaration in gold was also worthy notes to be made regarding 2013.

He assured that the distribution of this wealth has been fair, despite contrary reports by the opposition. Testimony to this distribution Dr. Luncheon noted is the improvements in the social sector. He said also that the distribution of wealth is also evident in the welfare sector with provisions made for the lesser fortunate.

The Government’s Spokesman also boasted of improvements in the Educational, Health, Security, Housing and Social Security Sectors. All of this he believes is a direct result of having the ‘best’ budget presented in years in 2013.

He said that while the year was successful there were also several noteworthy disappointments. He agreed with popular public sentiments that the National Assembly/Tenth Parliament has been a disaster so far.

According to Dr. Luncheon the House failed to live up to all expectations.

Nonetheless, the HPS told reporters that the Administration will recommit in 2014 to the Guyanese people to meeting all expectations at all possible levels.

He vowed also to repair what he said was the damage the National Assembly caused in 2013.



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