PPP Economic Report Card – 16 Years:
Peter R. Ramsaroop, MBA
We all know that
Oct 5th was the anniversary of the PPP ascending to
Herculean efforts from many in the Diaspora in USA, including many
representative meetings with the following:
Desk Officer for Guyana, at the US State Department, Washington,
plus superb Herculean Efforts from the
Working People’s Alliance, Guyana
Human Rights Association,
Dr. Yesu Persaud), and
President Jimmy Carter (Carter Center), Guyana held free and fair
elections, resulting in a PPP/C Government since 1992.
the last 16 years, we have been nauseated by the mention of
Burnham’s 21 years of rule. We know the Hoyte seven years brought
the economic recovery (bartered sex for visas) in the early
nineties that Dr. Jagan and we benefited from. That recovery stopped
in 1997 and inflation has risen every year since then.
was the recipient of significant debt write offs by funding agencies
and is now receiving new funding for roads, healthcare and
infrastructural changes. Those are the basic things any
government around the world must do for its country.
week we have been bombarded with fake letter writers in one
newspaper that commend the PPP/C for their economic
progress. The only measurement for such progress the
propagandists said was “new buildings, four-lane roads, new stadium,
new hotel, and street lights”
THE REPORT CARD
What do you
consider economic success? Use the following as a guide that you can
grade for yourself the report card of the PPP/C:
1. What was your salary five years ago is it
much different today?
2. Do you have a job and is it a job
that has advancement opportunities?
3. Flash forward to
2011 – almost 20 years of PPP rule – Our country is still the
poorest in South America as it was in Burnham’s 21 years of
4. Unemployment rate, the highest in South
5. Crime, less safety and security – Are you
6. Corruption – Report Card from Transparency
International already rated us the second most corrupt country in
7. Narco trafficking – alleged drug lords
arrested, let go, arrested; some had to be ‘kidnapped’ by the
8. Controlled Media – One state run radio station for
such a large country
9. Politicking at University of
10. VAT implementation, highest tax in the region for
11. Huge Loss of International Respect on
Governance. Officials denied Visas
12. Governmental Abuse of
Power – Concessions to friends
13. Migration to the
Caribbean, highest in decades
14. Migration to US and
Canada, legal and backtrack, highest in decades
with Latrines (pit).
16. Schools that have not been
internally upgraded in 30 years – No computer
17. Minimum wage for a store worker is about $3000 a
week, are you one?
18. To buy a car and pay 75,000 a month
requires you to make 3 times that amount, do you?
19. Tax is
controlled by Government - what do you pay (16% VAT, 33%
Income Tax, 5.6% NIS, License, Rates and Taxes, Property
20. Living standards are stagnant – how many still
can’t afford gas stoves in this country.
21. What is the
debt for the Stadium, when do we have to pay it
22. Has the GRA done any homework on where money comes
from to build housing schemes and Hotels?
23. How much money
a month do you have to get from your families overseas in order to
24. How many of you have to cheat on electricity
just to have lights for your children to do their
25. Where did the money come from for the Berbice
Bridge, your NIS that you are supposed to get when you
26. How many of you wake up every day wondering
where you would get money to send your children to school, food,
transportation, uniforms etc.
27. How many of you store
owners keep two books, one for you and one for GRA, just to survive
and keep your business afloat.?
28. What did we get
for spending $500 million on Carifesta, did any
tourists come? Was that money spent on your
29. Fast forward to Christmas, do you have any
extra money saved to buy presents for your children. Rewind to five
years ago, were you not in the same situation?
30. For you
overseas Guyanese, when you come back, do you complain you cannot
sleep without an air conditioner, wondering if you would have
blackout that night, saying to yourself, I can’t live like this
31. How much extra money (consumer spending)
do you have a month to buy nice things for your children and
yourself, take your partner for a nice dinner?
right tax reduction and incentives, without the right controls,
accountability, transparency, and good governance, without the heavy
interventionist hand of government on the private sector, the
economic progress of our nation will be stagnant.
those few that got money in contracts that can then put up large
buildings, then you will rate the report card higher, for those that
used our taxpayers’ money to build hotels, you will answer the
report card differently. For all others, I will be curious
what your rating of the PPP report card will be. If it is only on
buildings, roads and street lights, then they will get a sure
is on your personal economics, whether you have been able to move
from a bicycle to motor cycle, then to a car, you can now afford to
buy a house, and have money to buy your children food and clothes
and you have all of those necessities then you will rate them
are still struggling, poor and wondering where the next $1000 will
come from then remember, it is our job to tell our government they
are doing a poor job on managing the economics of our nation. Civil
Society must get involved. No more jumbie economics.
Send your answer to: Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 09,