USAID LEAD Project should not be implemented without Government’s approval – PSC

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Chairman of the PSC, Ronald Webster.
Chairman of the PSC, Ronald Webster.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Although the Private Sector Commission (PSC) is in full support of the USAID Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Project, they are of the view that it should not be implemented without the full support and sanction of the Guyana government.

In a statement issued to the media on Thursday, January 16, the PSC noted that the Commission met with Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy, Bryan Hunt and President Donald Ramotar to discuss the issue.

The Guyana government rejected the project on the grounds the administration was not consulted on the design of the project, which they stated is flawed.

However, despite government’s rejection, the US led project is still being implemented, with full support from the combined opposition parties.

The PSC noted, “The Commission, having reviewed the Summary and Proposed Activities of the Project Document is, however, of the view that there is merit in the overall objectives outlined in the document to promote effective and responsive democratic institutions in Guyana and for motivating youth and women to be more engaged in the political and civic processes, but that its implementation must not go forward without the full agreement and sanction of the Government.”

As such, the PSC is urging the US and Guyana governments to pursue consensus and to arrive at a mutually agreed position for the benefit of the country.

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