I am not an economist, politician or public figure but I conclude that government functions can be packaged into the following: provision of law and order and defence, provision of social services, responsibility for overall state of the economy and the encouragement and control of certain sectors of the economy for social, strategic and economic reasons.
With regard to the latter, this communicates that government role is also facilitatory and regulatory. How government carries out its function determines how fast or slow the pace of the country’s development will proceed.
I am a Guyanese who spent thirty years in a developed country. During that time I kept abreast of developmental issues concerning my dear country. Now I am home; a remigrant. I am appalled and greatly disappointed as it appears as though government is lagging in its role as facilitator and regulator; something that can stymie human and social development.
I have followed the situation outlined below because I am connected to the community actors. A community has embarked on the establishment of a local church. To be a legal entity in the land requires such organization to be registered. Registration is facilitated by the Registry for Friendly Societies, under Chapter 36:04 of the Laws of Guyana. An application for registration was made December of last year. We are at the halfway point of 2012 and there is no progress on the registration. The officers concerned with this at the Cooperatives Office at the Ministry of Labour, Human Services & Social Security can give no reasonable explanation for the inaction(s) when checks are made – despicable. This is a government agency with important responsibilities and if this is the manner business is conducted then I can appreciate why Singapore is where it is and Guyana is where it is after 40 plus years of independence. Seems like we have long chosen to ride on the back of the turtle.
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