PRESS RELEASE - - Friday 10 June 2011


On Thursday 9th June 2011, Norwegian Minister Counsellor Mr. Inge Nordang, paid a courtesy call on The Joint Opposition Political Parties (JOPP) at Congress Place Sophia. The JOPP was represented by Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Robert H. O. Corbin, M.P., PNCR Presidential Candidate, Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger, PNCR Vice-Chairman, Dr. George Norton, M.P., Ms. Africo Selman, M.P, Co-Leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, Mr. Martin Lopez of the Guyana Action Party (GAP), and Ms. Nicole Telforde of the National Front Alliance (NFA).

The Minister Counsellor who accompanied the New Norwegian Ambassador to Guyana used the opportunity to be updated on the JOPP perspectives on the current situation in Guyana.

Among the issues raised by the JOPP were the current floods in Region #9, and the MOU between Guyana and Norway on LCDS.

PNCR Presidential Candidate Mr. David Granger pointed to the fact that the Minister has visited at a time when the recent weather phenomenon in Region #9 has proven the inadequacy of the management of Guyana’s water system, including the absence of a developed water control system in the Hinterland. There is no proper developed water control system in the Hinterland and there are little or no measures in place to stop the sufferings of our people in the event of a natural disaster as is evident in the current case of Region #9.

The Working People’s Alliance’s Rupert Roopnarine in dealing with the LCDS stressed that while no Guyanese would object to funds being allocated to citizens in the Hinterland, it was surprising that nothing has been allocated from the first US$ 70 million to deal with the sufferings of those residing along the coast. He expressed hope that the money from the Norway Fund will not be used as forms of political bribery, but for genuine development. He also questioned whether the Norwegian Government was taking seriously on board the recommendations of the recent NORAD report including the recommendation that the country’s Main Opposition Party should have been sitting on the Committee to ensure scrutiny and greater transparency of the project.

PNCR Vice-Chairman, Dr. George Norton, M.P., also raised the issue of the Land Titling and Demarcation project, and emphasized that a pre-condition ought to be Guyana’s observance of UN resolutions and signed conventions on the rights of Indigenous people.

Guyana Action Party’s representative, Mr. Martin Lopez noted that his party supported the concept of an LCDS, but stressed that for its success it was necessary to observe a constitutional framework and ensure equitable distribution of the resources allocated to Guyana under the REDD+ mechanisms.

The Norwegian Minister Counsellor noted the concerns of JOPP and pledged to work to strengthen Norwegian relationship with Guyana.

People’s National Congress Reform

Congress Place, Sophia,

Georgetown, Guyana

Friday 10th June 2011