In his keynote address at the Thank You gala reception on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, President  David Granger appealed to the Guyanese Diaspora in Canada to come home to help redevelop the country. I had compiled the attached report entitled “Prospects for Guyana” as a roadmap for the development of Guyana. The report is timely in view of President Granger’s remarks. I would appreciate it if the report can be distributed to interested parties in Guyana.

This report is intended to serve as a roadmap for the development of Guyana. It is a compilation of ideas from my archives and from blog postings on the Guyanese Online newsletters which are gratefully acknowledged. I plan to submit the report to the Guyana government with the recommendation that they tap into the Guyanese Diaspora for experience, expertise and investment. They can start by establishing a liaison office to facilitate communication between and the Diaspora and Guyana. 

There is a lot of details to be filled in. These details will depend on the specific project and is best left to the project manager who will be an expert in that particular type of project. The project manager may be Guyanese who will provide oversight and controls. The Diaspora may be able to provide somebody with the requisite skills to assist the project manager. The execution of the project will likely be carried out by an expatriate international company with the right experience

Yours sincerely,

Leslie S. Chin, M.Sc., P.Eng.   –  416 282 6319

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  • Malcolm Cho-Kee  On 10/07/2015 at 8:45 am

    Agreed. However, the person or persons heading that office should have vast experience in running a business, practical business experience, and not necessarily academic experience.
    Thinking out of the BOX , leadership and able to deligate duties are other qualities that’s necessary.

  • albert  On 10/07/2015 at 10:39 am

    Very good idea. They could also look at what other countries have done in this area……particularly Israel.
    If I know my Guyanese people they may prefer to pay big bucks to some fancy expert who will tell them the same thing.

  • De castro  On 10/07/2015 at 11:22 am

    Most retired Guyanese in the diaspora like myself will offer our services “gratis”
    as consultants. If we don’t have the technical knowledge we would know of individuals or organisation who may have the required skills in our countries of residentia. Unfortunately solutions for the Guyana s situation must come from within Guyana…..if you apply the same extrrnal solution to a similar situation in Guyana the results will be different. Am sure Guyana already has the talent but by consultation with the diaspora Guyana would benefit “in hindsight”….

    It’s simple
    If Guyana does not have the ” skills” necessary they should either train them internally or have exchanges with other similar organisations in the field outside
    Guyana. Employing highly skilled and highly paid outsiders is certainly counter productive…..their solutions may produce different results in Guyana.

    Ways I see it

  • albert  On 10/07/2015 at 12:20 pm

    Guyana could do exactly what has been done in the southern U.S. to attract retirees from the U.S. North and even from Europe.
    Multiple upscale housing projects wiith much of the needs of these retirees. Guyana has the land, much of the needed construction skills, and the communication.
    Its a matter of repeating what is done in the U.S. South by Guyana. Retirees
    income means precious foreign exchange.
    Much would have to be done about social stability in Guyana however.

  • Thinker  On 10/09/2015 at 12:34 am

    And medical facilities.

  • Gigi  On 10/10/2015 at 11:59 am

    Which Guyanese in their right mind will return to “redevelop” Guyana under this president? Redevelop? HA! His is the desperation of a parasitic organism in need of more hosts to survive. He fully realizes that Guyanese living in Guyana cannot support his bloated, parasitic welfare govt thus the need for more people with actual resources. These folks are invoking Aristotle to justify their bloated salaries – it’ll keep them from being tempted to steal, they say – but Aristotle was addressing civilized people raised with a strong sense of morals. These folks of PNC ilk ain’t those people Aristotle was speaking to. These are not people that can be reformed. This mindset is permanently ingrained in their psyche. Redevelop Guyana? Pfff… This sounds more like another Jonestown scheme in the making. We PPP folks want no part of this redevelopment BS. We want our very own country to develop! SEPARATION NOW!!!

  • Ron. Persaud  On 10/10/2015 at 3:42 pm

    “Partition Now!” was cried!… and decried! On more than one occasion by Guyanese, in the twentieth century!

    • Thinker  On 10/11/2015 at 8:56 am

      At that time they felt that they could simply ignore the Indigenous community. Not now.It was never a practical solution. The cry just has nuisance value. Gigi is overcompensatiing for the fact that she cannot really represent any widespread Indian point of view.

  • Leslie Chin  On 10/11/2015 at 10:47 am

    Since my paper was published I have learned that a similar report entitled “Guyana 2030” was prepared by a task force comprising of Stanley Ming, Joe Singh, Eric Phillips and Sharmilla Joseph. The two reports complement each other very well. The Guyana 2030 report deals mainly with infrastructures – the deterioration of the sea defence barriers and kokers and the construction of high speed highways. My report deals more with details, there is very little overlap between the two reports.

    Infrastructure Minister David Patterson repeated most of the Guyana 2030 report in his presentation at the Guyana-Canada Professional and Business Forum on October 10, 2015 in Brampton, GreaterToronto Area. It appears that the government has accepted the thrust of the Guyana 2030 report.

    A couple of quotes may be appropriate:
    • “A journey of a 1000 leagues starts with a single step.” – Lao Tzu.
    • “This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end but perhaps we can say it is the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill after the D-day landings, June 1944

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