May 07, 2013 News
The time is opportune for local political parties to find a basis for broad consensus which will lend to the country’s development. This is the deduction of Consultant Advisor attached to the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry Limited (CAGI), Mr. Samuel Goolsarran.
Since the 2011 national elections, he has written in this regard to the leaders of the three main political parties, so far, to no avail.
Goolsarran, during a recent interview with this publication, disclosed that he has been advocating for the broadening of the National Competitiveness Strategy Unit. The Unit has as its objective to provide the policy leadership that will ensure the ongoing development and implementation of Guyana’s National Competitiveness Strategy.
And according to Goolsarran, he is optimistic that the Unit could be incorporated in such a way that it becomes institutionalised with an agreed, signed protocol involving the governing authority, that is, the parliamentary political parties, the government, the private sector, the labour movement and possibly, representation from civil society.
This, he said, could see the various stakeholders having the opportunity to agree on a range of issues aimed at development. “If we can’t agree on the whole programme let us find common ground on where we would like, as stakeholders, to take this country…What kind of country would we like for our children and those who come after us…We would all like to enjoy some of the fruits of our development…” noted Goolsarran as he spoke of the importance of collaboration.
This therefore, he noted, would require that trust and confidence is built among stakeholders. He underscored too that the issue of trust is a major factor to overcoming the existing socio-economic, political system. “We have to share information, share decision making and really compromise and/or agree.”
Moreover, Goolsarran said that CAGI’s move to advocate for broad consensus is one that has stemmed from the tripartite arrangement within the International Labour Organisation. The ILO, he explained, is a specialised international agency which deals on a general basis with the world of work. In fact it is said to be unique in its structure in that it has a tripartite structure where government representatives, employer representatives and trade union representatives constitute the international labour conference and all of its governing body.
Moreover, he noted that everything that is done within the ILO is done on a tripartite basis. And it is such a practice that should be incorporated at the local parliamentary tripartite level, said Goolsarran, as he observed that this is severely lacking.
“What we are seeing at the parliamentary tripartite and I told them plainly and publicly, that it is narrow, self-interest…let us make it public; let the public, the major stakeholders, buy into it,” the CAGI Consultant emphatically noted.
Speaking to recent budget cuts which have affected agencies such as the National Communications Network, and the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated, Goolsarran noted that “we strongly disagree with cuts without evidence, rationality and logicality that would go to the heart of the development thrust of this country.”
And even as he shared his personal conviction that Guyana does not lack resources money-wise, he noted that CAGI will not in any way condone issues of corruption and mismanagement.
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