PRESS STATEMENT By The People’s National Congress Reform At The Press Conference, Friday, February 14th, 2003 Hall of Heroes, Congress Place, Sophia

The People’s National Congress Reform after consulting widely on the deepening national crisis; has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly requesting that the Assembly be convened for private members business on Wednesday 19th February 2003, to discuss this impending National Disaster. A suitable motion has been submitted to the Honourable Speaker by the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Mr. Robert Corbin, M.P.
The deepening national crisis facing Guyana has been created by
 The virtual collapse of the bauxite industry and the increasingly depressed conditions facing our bauxite communities
 Difficulties in the rice Industry including the securing of international markets
 The uncertain future of the sugar Industry
 The absence of any new major investments over the years
 The general decline in output in our productive sectors
 The lack of good governance
 The ineffective management of the national economy
 The spiraling cost of living
 The absence of jobs and job opportunities for the youth in particular
 The rise in the HIV/AIDS epidemic
 The unconscionable increases in electricity rates by the GPL Inc. and the plans by the Government to remove controls by the Public Utilities Commission.
 The deteriorated and alarming crime and security situation
 The general state of the despondency and gloom, which pervades the nation
 The failure of the Government to honour commitments and agreements made in good faith.

The PNCR has made the request for the debate on a Wednesday when private members business takes precedence over any other business. This will provide all members of Parliament with the opportunity to address issues relevant for arriving at solutions to the national crisis

The convening of the National Assembly for the purpose of dealing with private members business will also convey the seriousness of the commitment of the Government to implementing the urgent outstanding Parliamentary and Constitutional Reforms and will attest to the good faith about which President recently boasted.

The PNCR reiterates its commitment for constructive engagement to resolve the deepening and dangerous crisis, which threatens the well being of all the people of Guyana. Our future actions will be determined by the government’s response.