THE People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) extends best wishes to all Guyanese at the dawn of the New Year, 2012.
As we usher in 2012, let us look forward with great hope to the year ahead and the abundance of opportunities it brings us for a more peaceful, prosperous and productive society.
Over the past year, Guyana made important strides as it continues to demonstrate that the common will of Guyanese can be a positive example to the rest of the world. No doubt this would have been underlined by our nation recording one of the highest GDP growth rate in this part of the world, while other economies around us falter.
The record-breaking growth in several sectors, including rice, mining and the construction sector has resulted in the creation of hundreds of additional jobs across our country.
No doubt, this will be accelerated in the coming year, where the construction of several major projects will commence in various sectors such as Health, Social, Riverine, Land and Air Transportation, Tourism, Entertainment, Housing, Mining etc.
2011 was also a significant year for our labour force as they benefitted from significant wage increases while workers in many other nations took wage cuts or lost their jobs.
The past year was also one where Guyanese increasingly began to add to their assets, indicating a steady growth of wealth and an improvement in the standard of living for our people. Thousands more Guyanese for the first time owned their own homes and vehicles among other personal assets.
The improvement in our people’s spending power is also evidenced in the rapid establishment of businesses across our nation, underlying the increasing demand for more goods and services.
This indeed has complemented the hard work of the PPP/C Government in gradually improving our nation’s infrastructure, improving access of health care countrywide, expanding our road, electricity and water networks, increasing benefits to disadvantaged groups such as single parent families and the elderly.
Our nation’s sport infrastructure was also expanded in 2011 with the commencement of the all-weather athletics synthetic track on the West Coast of Demerara; the construction of an all- weather tarmac at the Guyana National Stadium; the resurfacing of the National Park Cycling Track; and the completion of an Olympic-size swimming pool on the East Coast of Demerara among many other initiatives.
No doubt there were also significant challenges such as production levels in our sugar industry, which, despite surpassing the levels attained in 2010 by 10,000 tonnes, was still below its target. It is however heartening that the prospects for this most important industry looks brighter in 2012.
The past year was also significant, as it demonstrated the maturity of our people during the November 28 General and Regional Elections, where the PPP/C was returned to office for a fifth consecutive term, and where our elections process was recognized by overseas observers, as, in keeping with international democratic standards.
It marked the first time a sitting Head of State stepped down after serving two terms in office, which further served to underline our democratic process which was made into law after legislation was piloted through our National Assembly by the PPP/C.
This paved the way for no other than our beloved General Secretary, Mr. Donald Ramotar to be elected to serve our nation in the highest office, an achievement for which the party is extremely proud in keeping with its consistency in producing exceptional leaders to take our nation forward.
As we enter 2012, it is most instructive that our growth as a nation, which has been predicted by international experts to exceed that of 2011, be realized by all our people working together in the spirit of unity.
A Happy and Prosperous New Year to each and every one.
The People’s National Congress Reform extends greetings for a Happy New Year to all Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora.
It may be true to say that the past year brought forth all of the possible ills that can overwhelm our society. Yet, and not for the first time in its history, the Guyanese people overcame.
Beginning in 2010, the PNCR deepened the culture of democracy within the Party by initiating a process which allowed the general membership to select its Presidential Candidate. When this was done, the Party proceeded to seek the unity of all the opposition parties under the umbrella of the Joint Opposition Political Parties (JOPP).
The critical search for unity ended in an alliance of ten (10) opposition parties, which came together as A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) to contest the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
Armed with a powerful message for a Government of National Unity, A.P.N.U vigorously and purposefully contested the national elections in a campaign in which the PNCR played a significant role.
The historic result was that A.P.N.U, along with the Alliance for Change (AFC), won a majority of the seats in the National Assembly, an unprecedented development in the post-independence history of Guyana. In other words, the Guyanese people voted for a mandate for change. That is why the PNCR can embrace the New Year with a sense of confidence, pride and determination.
One of the central features of our national politics will, therefore, be a National Assembly which can play a creative role in our political, economic and social transformation and not one dominated and diminished by executive lawlessness.
Guided by the Manifesto of A.P.N.U, and the political experience of the PNCR, the leading Party in the partnership, programmes will be pursued to improve the lives of the Guyanese people, end the regime of executive lawlessness, find political solutions by consensus rather than diktat, free the media from excessive state control, ensure respect for women, offer quality education for the Guyanese people, reduce criminality and discrimination, and improve the standard of living of all the people of Guyana.
In particular, the PNCR expects that A.P.N.U will ensure that the economic policies of the nation are fair and transparent and all of the people benefit from the exploitation of the nation’s resources.
It is the hope of the Party that our internal policies will match the determination to make Guyana respected again regionally and internationally. The agenda for change will be the active determinant in the policies and activities of the PNCR and its partners.
The PNCR calls on all of our peoples, regardless of race, ethnicity, political affiliation or religion, to join the PNCR and A.P.N.U in bringing about the transformation of our country so that Guyana’s vast resources may, at last, be made to serve the imperative for development and social advancement.
This objective can be achieved with the opposition forces working harmoniously in the National Assembly. The PNCR, therefore, looks forward to participating, as it has successfully done in the past, in the continuing drive for the peaceful development of this dear land of ours.
The Party wishes all Guyanese a very Happy New Year and looks forward to the New Year with optimism and hope.
May God Bless our Nation as we strive to provide a Good life for all Guyanese!
Happy New Year!
The Alliance For Change looks forward with anticipation to the new year for it promises a Guyana which will be unlike any other year Guyana has ever experienced. The country has been thrust in a new and exciting political dimension.
2012 will be a year that will test the maturity of Guyana’s political leadership. The leaders have received a mandate from the people to put partisan differences aside and work together for the benefit of the nation in the new year and years to follow.
2012 will expose those who use their position in political leadership for the purposes of genuinely serving the people, and those who use such positions for the purposes of personal and organizational benefit.
The Party wishes peace and brotherhood upon and for all Guyanese as it commits itself and energies to serving all the people of Guyana, so that all Guyanese can benefit from an improved life.
Guyanese deserve respect, decency, and being the beneficiaries of equal rights and justice in 2012 and all times.