Status of USAID Project for political parties unclear

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US Ambassador, Bent Hardt.
US Ambassador, Bent Hardt.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Despite the fact that government has rejected a project by the USAID, there are still some ‘reported’ activities being implemented from the project in some sections of the country.

This is according to Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, who told reporters at his post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, December 18 that he has since written to the United States Ambassador, Brent Hardt seeking clarifications on the reports received.

Government rejected the project based on the fact that they had no input. Since the announcement of government’s rejection of the project, iNews sought to get a comment from the US Ambassador, by sending a number of questions via email.

However, to date, there has been no response.  Meanwhile, a copy of the project which was given to reporters today, explained that the USAID wanted to provide assistance to political parties in Guyana. The name of the project: USAID Political Party Assistance Policy.

“There have been reports/allegations that activities in the disapproved project are being implemented currently by either the USAID, the US Embassy or the International Republican Institute,” Dr. Luncheon told reporters.

While the Cabinet Secretary refused to divulge or explain exactly what those “activities” are, he noted that they are “activities” which are captured in the design of the rejected project.

When questioned, Dr. Luncheon noted that the alleged activities have been ongoing in Regions 2 and 3 and which deals with the general population of Guyana.

The document which was given to the media today explained that the goals of the USAID Political Party Assistance Project are to develop and consolidate representative democracies, develop transparent political environments, establish viable democratic parties and ensure free and fair elections.

The project also seeks to provide assistance in Political Party Capacity Building, Strengthening the National Assembly, Support for the holding of Local Government Elections and support of Women and Youth Political Leadership.

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