For Immediate Release to All Media Houses

December 13, 2011
Georgetown, Guyana

PRESS RELEASE: APNU/AFC MEETING, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Representatives of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) met again yesterday to continue the exploratory process of a creating a sustainable framework for joint engagement in the National Assembly, and the shaping of a common agenda that takes into account the needs of the Guyanese people, their expectations, and the Parties’ commitments made during the just concluded campaign.

Most importantly, the representatives discussed a wide range of issues that address governance, and the economic wellbeing of the state and its citizens.  These included wide-ranging parliamentary reforms leading to a strong and participatory National Assembly, support for the strengthening of the rule of law, the lowering of the Value Added Tax, and increasing public service wages, among the most urgent.  Increases in Old Age Pension, increase of public sector wages and a re-examination of the Presidents’ Pension package were also listed for review.  

In the interest of continuing the discussions with a view to arriving on a consensual agenda and building a healthy relationship within the National Assembly, two sectoral working groups, in the areas of governance and the economy, were established to fast-track the process.

The issue of the appointment of the Speaker of the National Assembly, and other important roles and responsibilities, remain under active discussion for resolution not as isolated items, but as part of a fuller menu of agreed measures.

 The two parties agreed to continue to meet and deepen their engagement and remain committed to fulfilling the mandate of the people of Guyana.


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