PRESS RELEASE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Monday, January 22, 2007



Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, submitted a Motion to Parliament on Friday January 19, 2007 in relation to the Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation.

The Motion was submitted after representation was made to him at a meeting with the GTUC Executives, including; Mr. Andrew Garnett, President, Mr. Lincoln Lewis, General Secretary and Mr. Norris Witter.

The GTUC Executives highlighted the harsh effects of the VAT on workers of the country. As a consequence of those discussions Mr. Robert Corbin agreed to submit the Motion which calls for:

1. “The immediate establishment of a special all-Party Parliamentary Committee to make recommendations for the reduction on the rate of the tax, for widening the range of zero rated and exempt supplies and a phased implementation of the Value Added Tax;

2. The immediate implementation of significant levels of salary increases for those categories of workers most adversely affected by the implementation of VAT;

3. The Government to promptly, but no later than six weeks of the passage of the resolution, establish a National Commission on Tax Reform to review of the tax system and make recommendations for, inter alia, the raising of the income tax threshold and reduction of income and corporation taxes, and.

4. The membership of the proposed Commission to include various stakeholders, including, the Guyana Trades Union Congress, the Private Sector Organisations, the Religious community, and other social sector organizations.”


The Motion is seconded by Mr. Basil Williams, MP, the Party’s Director of Industrial Relations and is attached hereto.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Monday, January 22, 2007