GCCI favors democracy project
After meetings with representatives from the government and the US Embassy, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, GCCI, said it has learnt that all parties were ready to engage officially on the issue. However, the GCCI’s believes that the US Embassy should accede to the government’s demand that the project implemented be put on hold pending those discussions.
The government has rejected the project, costing US$300 million, because it claims the funds would be used to support political parties and have the US Aid Agency be involved in the making of policies.
The US Embassy did not agree with the government’s position and said it was going ahead with the project, drawing a strong response from the government. It now remains to be seen what the government’s response would be since the US Embassy has not said that it would put the project on hold to facilitate further discussions.
The GCCI, which represents major businesses in Georgetown said it endorses the democracy project, saying it will strengthen political institutions and enhance citizen understanding of how individuals can engage in the larger civic and political discourse in their communities and throughout the country.
In addition, the chamber said that the project aims to bolster the operations of the National Assembly by giving parliamentarians the essential tools for delivering effective representation and policy formulation that represents the most ideal, mutually productive interests of Guyana, as a whole.