Gov’t to forge ahead with Amaila Falls Hydro Project

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Head of State, Donald Ramotar during an interview today revealed that Government will forge ahead with the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, despite the action of the parliamentary opposition.

During the sitting of parliament on Thursday July 18, the opposition voted down the Hydro – Electric Amendment Bill 2013 along with the motion to increase the debt ceiling limit from $1B to $150B, which are key elements to ensuring the completion of the US$840M project.

However, despite this, President Ramotar stated that the administration is working feverishly to keep the other partners on board, including the IDB, which is the potential major funding partner.

“We are not giving up. We are doing everything we can to ensure the project moves ahead,” the President said during an interview.

According to Ramotar, the fact that the opposition voted down the legislation and refused to speak on it during the debate only shows arrogance and contempt for the people of Guyana.

“This is one project; I don’t think should be held for political blackmail.”

The President said that while he is ready to reach a compromise with the opposition, a distinction must be made between a compromise and blackmail.

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