PRESS RELEASE 41ST ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Thursday, May 24, 2007

The People's National Congress Reform joins the rest of the nation in celebrating the 41st Anniversary of Independence. It is the judgment of our Party that these celebrations should also be the occasion for serious soul searching as to where this nation is today and what we must do if it is to survive as a cohesive, unified and prosperous country.

As a People, we must ask ourselves whether, after 41 years of independence, we have been successful in nation building and whether the economic plans and programs, over the past 14 years, have helped to spread prosperity equitably throughout the nation and resolved our deep seated ethnic and social problems.

In particular, the PNCR is convinced that, as a nation, we must not accommodate or accept the insidious drug culture which continues to destroy the social fiber of this nation. Equally, we must recognize that our existing political culture cannot unlock the talent and genius with which this nation is endowed. We must look to a system of shared governance as a means of achieving that state of unity and prosperity which to date have sadly evaded us.

As the Party which took this country into Independence 41 years ago, the PNCR has a vested interest in ensuring the success of this journey that we started so long ago. Our nation cannot afford to squander the gains we have made in the political, economic, social and cultural areas of development.

It was during these 41 years that we put an end to the legacy of colonialism and prepared the way for true development as a united people. Along that journey too we instituted successful economic policies which saw the economy grow and attract massive foreign investment and provide new employment opportunities. The PNCR believes that we must act with dispatch to reverse the evident erosion of that foundation over the last 14 years

Our Party is confident that if this nation can build a truly inclusive political culture in which all the stakeholders are allowed to play a meaningful role and which can create the enabling environment for the orderly development of the nation, we can look forward to a future that is politically successful, economically self sustaining and culturally rewarding. It is the confirmed opinion of this Party that the people of Guyana, who have borne the burdens of the struggle for Independence and the creation of the Republic, deserve a future commensurate with the sacrifices they have already made.

It is with these reflections that the People’s National Congress Reform greets all of the people of this, our dear land, and extends our best wishes on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of our independence.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Thursday, May 24, 2007