[www.inewsguyana.com] – Government has announced that Guyana has received a payment of $8B from Norway, which is a billion more than last year’s payment.
This now brings the total received from Norway to $38 billion under a forest protection agreement. Incumbent President, Donald Ramotar in a statement on Thursday evening hailed the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), nothing that it is concrete proof of what Guyana can achieve as a country.
He said that Guyana is one of the leading countries in the world in managing natural resources sustainably.
“And every Guyanese is benefitting from this. Our most recent deforestation rate was even lower than the previous year. We should also be proud that Guyana is currently taking the final steps to be recognised as a country that follows the highest standards of sustainable timber exporting in the world under the European Union’s FLEGT programme.”
According to the President, all Guyanese should feel proud of the vote in confidence expressed by Norway in announcing that they are willing to pursue a second agreement up to 2020, a policy that only the PPP/C supports in Guyana.
“I think that some of you might still ask the question: “but what does the LCDS do for me?” I will give you a clear answer: The LCDS is not just a strategy for the future; it’s a strategy for today. The LCDS is about earning real money that is being spent on addressing serious problems faced by normal Guyanese. That’s where all the money, including the $8 billion received today, will be spent. The LCDS is about fixing the drainage systems in your coastal neighbourhood to ensure that your yard will not be flooded. The LCDS is about making sure that the dry regions of our country have sufficient water all-year round. The LCDS is also about helping farmers to earn more money, about providing cheap electricity for everyone, about stopping the waste problem and about allowing your children to get the highest level of education right here in Guyana. That’s what the LCDS is all about, and that’s what’s in it for you,” the President detailed.
The LCDS was launched in 2009, and as a pioneer, Guyana had to solve many issues during the early years.
According to the President, a lot more will be done and he is confident that soon every single Guyanese will have a personal story on how the LCDS affected their lives.