Summit of Americas offers opportunity to showcase Guyana’s inclusivity
Alliance For Change leader, Raphael Trotman, yesterday wrote to President Bharrat Jagdeo asking him to consider implementing his government’s “enhanced framework for cooperation” with the parliamentary opposition and with civil society prior to the Summit of the Americas.
According to the AFC leader, the upcoming Fifth Summit of the Americas provides a unique opportunity for Guyana to showcase its inclusivity on the international stage, both in the crafting of the Guyana position on the Agenda issues and in the composition of the Guyana delegation that will be in attendance.
The new agenda, according to Trotman, was adumbrated by the President during his inaugural address to the ninth Parliament in September 2006 in which the President pledged to join forces with the parliamentary opposition and “to find innovative ways to work together to solve our problems.”
The AFC leader, in his letter to the president, stated that the Summit, unlike previous occasions, “appears to have an air of excitement and great expectation, particularly in view of the prevailing global financial crisis, as is reflected by its theme: “Securing our Citizens Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability.”
The President had told the ninth Parliament that the agenda would be “pursued within an enhanced framework for political cooperation encompassing the principles of increased meaningful contacts, the identification and implementation of an agreed agenda of national issues and greater scope for the participation of civil society in the decision-making process.”
According to Trotman, undoubtedly, but only in a cursory manner, the agenda was implemented and only in the aftermath of the Lusignan and Bartica massacres last year.
Since then there have been no further meaningful engagements that would have demonstrated the government’s commitment to the process that the President had so eloquently adumbrated.