The People’s National Congress Reform has learnt of the death of Dr. Kenneth King, a former Minister and General Secretary of the PNCR. The Party tenders its sincere condolences to his wife and immediate family and all of his relatives.

Dr. Kenneth Stanislaus King was a highly educated and gifted individual who was educated first at Queen’s College and subsequently at Oxford University where he specialised in forestry and economics. He then went on to join the Food and Agriculture Organisation where he served with considerable merit until his retirement in the early 90’s. Dr. King however was to interrupt his international public service career to join the PNC government in 1973 as Minister of Economic Development. It was a period during which the Burnham Administration was determined to put Guyana on the path of sustainable economic development and had crafted a national development plan and a programme to feed, clothe and house the nation.

Dr. King returned to FAO in the 70’s and continued his international career. But it was clear that he followed events from afar and was not reluctant to return to Guyana and served the Hoyte Administration in the late 80’s and early 90’s just when equally momentous events were taking place. He participated in the programme to free the Guyana economy and put it on a basis of a market economy underpinned by the attendant political and other freedoms. Dr. King was an important player in the shaping of the Economic Recovery Programme and other important economic developments.

After the elections of 1992 he served the PNCR as General Secretary and a Member of Parliament. His participation in the latter forum was marked by informed and enlightened statements. His deep knowledge of economic matters enabled him to make apt observations but the economic direction of the country under the PPP Administration.

Dr. King was to serve the PPP Administration as an Ambassador to Brussels where he was overcome by illness and had to resign his position and return home.

The PNCR records its appreciation his services to the Party and the nation. Dr. King was a truly patriotic Guyanese and his wide knowledge of international affairs and his grasp of complex economic matters will be missed. May his soul rest in peace!

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008