Jan 01, 2016 News
Another year has dawned, and we at Kaieteur News extend warmest wishes for a prosperous and fulfilling 2016.
Along this very vein a number of other organisations and individuals have issued New Year’s Day Messages.
A PARTNERSHIP FOR NATIONAL UNITY AND ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE (APNU+AFC)
Guyana stands at the dawn of a new year, 2016. This marks Guyana’s Golden Jubilee, a monumental landmark celebrating 50 years as an independent state.
2016 follows a year of political change in Guyana. That change in government is the second in 50 years. It rejuvenated hope. It brought an end to minority authoritarian governance. But it also came with new challenges, of threats from external forces aimed at compromising our national patrimony. We thank the international community for its unwavering support of our country in defence of our territorial integrity and our sovereignty. As in the past, so shall it be in this New Year and forever more: We will not yield, not even a blade of grass.
As we embark on this historic year of reflection and celebration, as a people, it is incumbent upon us to rally together to make 2016 a year of meaningful change and progress. Over the past seven months the work to transform Guyana started. We can see a new landscape, of a clean and green Guyana, emerging.
However, 2016 must be the year of fundamental reorganization of the manner in which our nation’s business is administered. There are major priority items which must be advanced – a reorganization of our productive sectors including sugar, rice and mining; constitutional reform; telecommunications liberalization; creating a green economy; expansion of national radio and television to all corners of Guyana; attracting major investment; revitalization and strengthening of our agriculture sector; creating a business friendly environment and repositioning our tourism product.
The issues of constitutional reform and telecommunications liberalization are especially critical priority items for 2016. We need to remove all traces of authoritarian powers in our principal law, and to open up Guyana to the new wave of making telecommunications a viable industry. We need to end one-company monopoly in the telecommunications sector. The archaic telecommunications framework needs to be demolished and replaced with a forward-thinking system which will allow for low cost connectivity in all forms and across all geographic spaces without the constraints of limited bandwidth, weak signal and slow access. We need e-governance and e-commerce to be our new mode of doing business.
We need to transform Guyana’s ICT sector.
We want our young people, those in the formal education system and those who would have graduated from it, to master new technologies to access jobs and develop careers. Our spectrum is a national asset, and it must be used and protected.
Your Coalition Government is committed to pursuing an agenda which puts Guyana first and which pursues a good life for all in a green economy. Our Coalition Government has re-established and reinforced the fundamentals of our democracy: observance of the doctrine of separation of powers among the executive and legislature and the judiciary; respect for the rule of law and the rights of citizens; support for a plural, free and open media; and care for our elderly and children and our working people.
This is also the year in which Local Government Elections will return after 18 years. All citizens are encouraged to participate fully in these elections as you exercise your right to elect the community leaders of your choice and reactivate participatory, grassroots democracy in Guyana.
Our Government urges all citizens to help make our environment better. We all need to join the clean -up campaign. We all need to adopt the fresh approach. We need to reclaim our status as both proud and hospitable Guyanese.
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends to all Guyanese here and in the Diaspora, best wishes for a successful, transformative and peaceful 2016.
PPP NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) extends best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to all Guyanese at home and abroad.
2015 has brought significant changes to the political landscape of our country. Those changes took place at a time when our country was pregnant with transformative changes at the economic and social levels with the PPP/C at the helm.
Hundreds of thousands who had already benefitted from the people -centered social programmes and the economic opportunities initiated by the PPP/C administration looked forward to more opportunities but these are yet to come.
The change in government brought in its wake many disappointments for many but opportunities only for a few. It is the hope and expectation of all Guyanese that 2016 will bring opportunities for all.
In 2016, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our country’s independence. The PPP is proud of its significant contribution to the struggle for our country’s independence. History has recorded Cheddi Jagan as the architect of Guyana’s independence struggle. We in the PPP will be celebrating our country’s independence anniversary at various levels and by different means.
2016 will also be a year of challenges, however, the Party will view every challenge as an opportunity to advance the just struggle of the Guyanese people for free and fair election in future.
The PPP will exert every effort to ensure that the Guyanese working people are rightfully and justly rewarded with the fruits of their labour.
Happy New Year to all Guyanese!
PEOPLE’S NATIONAL CONGRESS REFORM (PNCR)
Happy New Year! May Prosperity come to every home, family and community across the far-flung regions of our country.
The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) extends greetings for a Happy New Year to all Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora. As the Year 2015 fades into history we welcome in 2016, our Jubilee Year: Guyana’s 50th Year as an independent nation.
As the New Year dawns, the PNCR calls on all Guyanese, regardless of race, ethnicity, political affiliation or religion, to participate 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 of all the people of Guyana.
On this the first day of the New Year, it is our hope that all of us will realize a measure of prosperity in our personal lives and that each of us, wherever we may be, will endeavour to make some contribution, however small, to the development of our country.
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!
MAYOR OF GEORGETOWN, HAMILTON GREEN
It is customary that at the beginning of a New Year that many persons would have made their New Year’s Resolution, for change, growth and positive development in different aspects of their lives and that of their families. However, without the resultant determination and will to actually effect the necessary changes, change would be a mere figment of our imagination or a wishful thinking.
The New Year’s resolution of this Council is to continue the various restoration projects in every facet of Municipal affairs and to provide a more efficient service in critical areas.
Many of you would have observed a radical change in the City’s aesthetics. This is a result of meaningful co-operation, synergies of resources, and effective public private partnerships’.
I am cognizant that change is not easily embraced by all, especially when persons have to alter or change old habits and activities that they have inculcated and which has become a way of life.
The restoration programme we observe includes every sector of society; the Council, the private sector and civil society. Already, some private enterprises have joined the vanguard and have made significant contributions to the cleanup exercise in the City.
To those citizens who have co-operated with the Municipality we say heartfelt thank you.
The Georgetown City Council is on a mission, a mission that must and will be accomplished. A mission to make Georgetown the cleanest greenest City in the Caribbean.
It is time that the dignity and pride returns to the Capital City. This would only be possible with the co-operation of all. Also, there is a need to foster a culture of co-operative governance. This would constitute effective communication and meaningful interaction between sectors. This would foster optimum use of resources both human and natural.
As the New Year commences we need to confront the challenges with optimism, wisdom, co-operation and strength and work assiduously to restore, order, beauty and majesty of Georgetown.
THE GUYANA PUBLIC SERVICE UNION (GPSU)
The New Year is with us and we must be ready to return to our longer term responsibilities with a renewed sense of commitment to our goals.
The wish of the Guyana Public Service Union is that all of us, Public Servants and others, return to the discharge of those responsibilities re-energized and eagerly. That wish, we daresay, is extended to His Excellency the President and the Government of Guyana. It is our wish that our country is governed wisely in the year ahead and that the outcomes of wise governance rebound to benefit the country as a whole.
It was, of course, never our expectation, that the new administration would have gotten off to a perfect start; we were realistic about that. There were instances of displeasure and disappointment. We expect, however, that what has been loosely described as its ‘honeymoon period’ drifts further away, with the understanding that there will be more rigorous expectations regarding the quality of its governance.
Our Union and its Members anticipate much in the year ahead. We believe that it is for the Government, in the year 2016, to give real meaning to its expressed desire for a transformed Public Service. The convening of a Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service was a significant step, though very much a preliminary one in the envisaged transformation of the Public Service. We expect that the outcomes of the Commission’s deliberations will bring early and far-reaching action by the government to create a Public Service that will take Guyana forward. Naturally, we expect that the deliberations that will precipitate change will include other relevant stakeholders including, of course, the Guyana Public Service Union.
We believe that 2016, our Golden Independence Anniversary year, will be one of the most important years in our history. Today we celebrate the dawn of that New Year. We wait, we watch and we ready ourselves as the year unfolds.
GUYANA TRADES UNION CONGRESS
As Guyanese herald 2016, the GTUC reminds all that in this 50th year of political independence-which will be marked throughout with celebrations in different forms- cognisance be given to the fact that freedom was not free. Independence was not granted; it was fought for. The fight started with the struggle of the first enslaved and was maintained until the inking of the proclamation that realised the birth of a new nation on 26th May 1966.
Every Guyanese, near and far, as we mark this jubilee must do so with acknowledgement and pride that the sweat, blood and tears of our ancestors are worth it. Even as we celebrate this landmark, it is important not to forget that freedom requires eternal vigilance, sacrifice, and commitment.
As a nation, political interdependence which is an element of the right to self- determination, is not fully attained when we lose sight of the will/commitment to fortify and hold steadfast the foundation, even as we simultaneously work to deepen and strengthen our civil, social, economic, cultural and political rights.
This nation, which is birthed out of many peoples, has not been without challenges, which we must collectively work to overcome. As One People, One Nation, One Destiny, our diverse interests, cultures, and backgrounds must be merged to realise a collective sense of well-being. For united we stand, divided we fall.
With continuing threats to our sovereignty we are reminded when we stand as one no external force can prevail against us. On the domestic front, GTUC calls for concerted and conscientious efforts on the part of the political leadership (both government and opposition) to realise that the people in vesting the management of their day-to-day affairs into their hands, it carries with it the sacred duty to operate consistent with the people’s desire to live as a cohesive unit within the parameters of the laws.
Happy and productive 2016 to all!
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