The PPP/C governing administration has now employed a lobbying firm or companies, as mentioned in the media, the function of which is to: ‘inform vital associates of the U.S. Congress, primarily those people with desire or responsibility for Western Hemispheric affairs, trade, and financial growth, about the worth of expanding US cooperation with the Guyanese Authorities and consequently lead to democracy, balance and prosperity in the region’.
The organization(s) also intend to have interaction the Washington-centered public coverage local community, these kinds of as ‘Think Tanks’, non-governmental organisations and sections of the media to deal with the worth of Guyana to democracy and stability in the area. Now Editor, I would like to evidently condition that I strongly oppose the federal government using the services of lobbyists to do its international plan, international relations, and communications.
I remember listening to talk even from the APNU+AFC that they should really have hired lobbyists earlier, I disagreed with this notion then and I disagree with it now. As a strategist and communications specialist, I guidance recruiting a lobby business, probably as a component of an elections marketing campaign to challenge the graphic of a political occasion as the successful alternative in an election but not under these situations.
Is the governing administration organizing to hearth the Prime Minister and Ministers of International Affairs and Communications? Considering the fact that what these lobbyists will be accomplishing, is particularly what the Key Minister and Minister of Communications, both of those of whom have duty for govt communications and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose ministry has responsibility for foreign relations need to be performing. What the Government should to be accomplishing is strengthening the inside capability of the Prime Minister’s office environment, the Ministry of Communications and our Ministry of International Affairs, this is a additional sustainable technique to our progress.
I would like to believe that the U.S. Lawmakers are currently mindful of the great importance of Guyana to democracy and security in the area as the only English-talking place on the South American mainland and now an oil manufacturing and exporting place. That is what our Embassy in Washington DC is there to do. Permit us bolster our international relations with the United Nations, Organisation of American States, CARCOM, and other worldwide and regional organizations, as well as our bilateral relations with other nations.
It is ironic that the exact same working day when this news story was released, I saw on in the media, inhabitants on the East Coastline of Demerara, complaining about issues in the course of action of the distribution of the $25,000 dollars guidance for COVID-19. Also, the government is seemingly offering every person $25,000, the only big difference is that although the Guyanese citizens are finding $25,000 Guyana dollars, some others are obtaining US$25,000 to do the government’s and public servants’ function.
This PPP/C governing administration has really develop into a business enterprise entity. It has departed much from Dr. Cheddi Jagan’s eyesight for the party, as a doing the job-course political consultant human body, into an elite business entity which is much more ‘Jagdeoism’. This financial state will grow by 26% in 2021, and the government is however in a poverty reduction manner, it has not shifted its strategy to governance concentrating on wealth management, neither does it have a strategy for reorienting the Guyanese population and establishments, to do prosperity management our youths are continue to remaining billed for stealing cell telephones.
Although I fully grasp the issues that the federal government is striving to address, I fully disagree that the ideal tactic is to use lobbyists. I imagine that this is decreasing the significance of Guyana’s overseas relations and a slap in the faces of the men and women and businesses with responsibility for these features of governing administration and the people’s business.
A additional recognized tactic would be to check out with the U.S., British isles, Canada, EU, United Nations, for large degree authorities and advisors, to provide assist for an institutional strengthening programme. The United States Embassy in Guyana, as nicely as the Guyana Embassy in Washington DC, are conduits for the exact form of engagements the lobbyists intend to do.
The government has citizens with PhD’s, Masters and bachelors degrees, as perfectly as those people who are fully commited and hardworking, with a prosperity of working experience and expertise but were dismissed above the previous months, make use of these folks, and shell out them that five million per thirty day period.
As in the situation of the APNU+AFC and the PPP/C, if both equally governments experienced really ruled to the satisfaction of the Guyanese persons, the have to have for lobbyists would have been lowered.
The government’s strategy to hiring the lobbying business is symptomatic of how our leaders approach problem-solving. We have a street basic safety dilemma, and the solution is to spot speed humps at practically each and every corner, even though the actual challenge is behavioural and attitudinal. Georgetown floods when it rains mainly due to deficiency of upkeep of the drainage systems, and we talk of shifting the city. I do agree that we need to have far more towns but our flooding dilemma in Georgetown is also a upkeep challenge.
Ultimately, I am assured that the U.S. lawmakers are significantly additional fascinated in the federal government being additional inclusive, respecting the rule of legislation, cleansing up its act on corruption, cutting down inequalities and developing opportunities for all Guyanese.