Guyana – It is difficult for overseas Guyanese offering skills – letter

It is difficult for overseas Guyanese offering skills to break into the inner circle of bureaucracy

January 1, 2016 – Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

As a returning Guyanese my heart misses a beat. This is caused by sheer nostalgic euphoria and nationalistic expectations whenever I hear prominent politicians speak of extending an olive branch to those of the Diaspora. Former Presidents Jagdeo and Ramotar and others in their respective administrations often did it. And now President Granger and others in his administration have been following a similar trend. However, the euphoric expectations I experience are short lived when the realities of my personal experiences are remembered.   

Since I was invited to return home in 2009 I have been knocking at the doors of the successive administrations suggesting that they develop Guyana´s first ex-offender rehabilitation programme. I made the case every which way to show how beneficial it would be in a crime-ridden society like ours.

The Ministry of Public Security, the former Ministry of Home Affairs, must have stacks of my proposals in which I outlined how such a programme would benefit Guyana. With much excitement I spoke of my work in North America and across the Caribbean. I highlighted the fact that Guyana´s rate of recidivism is upwards of 70% and that a post-release rehabilitation programme would significantly reduce both crime and recidivism in Guyana.

I quoted statistics from the published 2010-2015 Guyana Prison Service Strategic Plan, to show that Guyana´s crime problem is youth-driven and that the inmates and those released are complaining that stigma and lack of gainful employment are some of the contributing factors that drive them to a life of repeated criminal behaviour. I noted the need to set up a half-way house, where released ex-offenders could go to find temporary housing, vocational training, academic tutelage, drug rehabilitation and spiritual formation.

I shared with the successive administrations my work as a pastor, prison chaplain and criminologist. I have written and published several articles and research papers on this subject matter. My lectures are taught within the Department of Corrections in the State of Indiana and I have personally created a peer to peer lecture series which is a staple course in the largest prison in that state.

I have personally written to the two last Presidents and to the current one, expressing my desire to work at assisting to reduce crime in my country. For those who expressed skepticism in my claims, I asked them to Google my name and that of my organization ‒ Practical Christianity Ministries. And I even shared with others, references and testimonials for their perusal.

With all of that, except for an occasional acknowledgement of my proposals or letters, I am yet to have a meaningful conversation with someone who can make a decision to move forward with this most needed initiative. I am yet to speak to someone who is willing to tap into my expertise of working with this problematic clientele.

I am saying all of this in context and in the light of President Granger’s most recent overture to those living and studying overseas. If I, who am here, with all my professional expertise, find it so difficult breaking into the inner circle of the bureaucracy which obtains in this politically close-knit society, how much more the newly returning Guyanese? And it is not just me.

I know several other professional Guyanese who have been living here for a while, enthusiastically desiring to use their training and experiences to assist their country, but they cannot get past the political gridlock. Some have packed up and returned whence they came. Others are planning to do so.

Every department or ministry you call refers you to another. Every Minister you speak with says that the decision to hire you is the call of another Minister. Each meeting ends with the remigrant being pointed higher up the pecking order. Getting to the ‘right’ Minister is like pulling teeth. And again, this is true with both the current and the previous administrations.

I would want to conclude by saying that this administration will have to prove that they are indeed willing to aid the return of those from the diaspora by doing more than engaging in rhetorical overtures. Maybe a department needs to be set up where folks from the diaspora could register. Some place where those of us who have beneficial skill-sets can take our certificates, diplomas, articles, credentials, curriculum vitae, etc, and have them vetted for authenticity.

Then some kind of a database needs to be created for the systematic dissemination of the verified information. So that the Guyanese who is returning knows that his or her information is actively being assessed and reviewed, with the main aim of finding employment for them. Such a database needs to begin with those of us who are already here. For indeed, many of us feel as if we have been forsaken and lied to, twice.

Yours faithfully, 
Pastor W P Jeffrey
Practical Christianity Ministries


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  • De castro  On 01/02/2016 at 2:22 am

    Pastor Jeffrey
    I share your thoughts and sentiments. “feeling is mutual” without any religious convictions.
    It must be very frustrating for you to put “pen to paper”…to vent some anger having returned
    to the fatherland almost 7 years ago. Fortunately you have chosen the correct forum to
    express your disgust…..GOL has over one million readers/writers everywhere on the planet
    where Guyanese like myself have adopted as “home”. Am sure your “answers” will soon be
    found or you will pack your bags and move again. Sadens me that this can be your decision.
    Hope not……Cyril Bryan the founder member of Guyanese online is contactable by e mail
    and so am I.,…..

    The status quo in politricks is sometimes difficult to comprehend.

    My heart bleeds for my native “land of hope and glory”…. land of many rivers/streams…many waters.

    If I ever returned to Guyana the only job I wish for is “adviser to president Granger” unpaid.
    However with technology available today and fluency in Spanish Portuguese and Dutch
    don’t have to return permanently to influence the changes necessary for next generation
    of Guyanese. Granger will find it more difficult restraining Guyanese leaving than returning.
    His dilemma……

    Saddened me reading your above letter.
    Forever the optimist.
    Compton de castro in Spain (retired) with permanent home in UK where my 4 children and 6 grandchildren now live….

  • Noel BERESFORD  On 01/02/2016 at 4:01 am

    Pastor President Granger will in time see the type of work you has done your skill will be needed , he needs to put Guyana back on a map free of corruption and bring in investment to get Guyana moving again after years of corrupt government it’s only 7 month in to his job and Guyananese with diffent skills will be needed.

  • Leslie Chin  On 01/02/2016 at 4:54 am

    Rev. Jeffrey’s experience is not uncommon even in the high demand areas of business, finance, engineering, medicine, etc. Rev. Jeffrey’s case may be more difficult because of his area of expertise (rehabilitation of juveniles) which may not have a high priority with the Guyana government.

    Following President Granger’s and Prime Minister Nagamootoo’s visits to Toronto last year I do not know how successful their appeal to the Guyanese Diaspora to come home to help rebuild the country has been; based on my own experience I think not very successful. The protect your turf syndrome is part of the problem. The other part is simply complacency.

    • De Castro  On 01/02/2016 at 6:00 am

      Similar problem here in Spain…40%
      18-25 unemployed leaving in droves for northern EU. Spain is known in EU
      as ‘manana’ tomorrow country….an unfair ‘stigmata’.
      However in the long term they will return to their native country as
      it’s ‘culture’ that matters most to
      the young and mobile….food drink music lifestyles.
      Guyanese tend to have a bit of the
      more laid back attitude..

    • Thinker  On 01/02/2016 at 9:08 am

      @Leslie Chin. Quite right about the matter of priorities. But I would like to go further and recommend that in view of the large number of visitors expected for the anniversary celebrations, some warnings about present-day Guyana be circulated to the innocent and naive.

      Tell relatives not to announce to the whole community that you will be visiting and the time of arrival lest you be welcomed by robbers who follow you from the airport or await you at your residence.

      Women in particular must have a “sleeve” or risk being refused entrance to banks, etc. We can understand the law courts but this rule can be applied to an semi-formal occasion. Michelle Obama would have recently been refused entrance to a function at which she was the invited guest.

      911 doesn’t work.

      For ID purposes get a temporary Guyana driving licence on arrival at the airport since foreign licences are not recognised by the police.

      Avoid driving in Guyana. Transportation is very cheap. You have to be living in Guyana to know what the unwritten real traffic rules are. Mind-reading and a sixth sense also help.

      Tell all drivers to drive slowly especially on long trips at night. Give them a tip to show appreciation.

      Foreign credit cards are not accepted everywhere you think they ought to be e.g Guyana Stores. ATMs work but there is a limit of $30,000 GUY for any one withdrawal. You can make three successive withdrawals. Getting money from a credit card may involve a visit to a bank, a limit to the amount ($100,000 GUY) a long wait and a lot of signing.

      Be prepared for any traffic problems involving the police (viz. have cash). If they say “the leaves are green tonight”, use your imagination. If you hear the expression “tap-up” don’t think it is about getting more gas at a service station. When you have to return to a job in North America, you have no time for court dates which tend to be postponed regularly.

      If you fall ill, do NOT go to the Georgetown Public Hospital. Head straight to St. Joseph’s or some other private institution.

      Avoid local tap water.

      Banks beer is now the closest thing to water.

      Avoid looking foreign, especially as regards pants and footwear. Giveaways are putting on a seat belt when you are in the back seat of a taxi or complaining about the heat.and sweating profusely.

      Any small children you have must remain quiet when negotiating a price.

      Use cell phones sparingly in public.

      Use a mosquito net.

      Don’t buy souvenirs at the airport. Go to the old Post Office building opposite the museum.

      For any business in Guyana you must have a local tax card. To get it you must provide proof of local address. Get someone to write you in Guyana beforehand.of fish out your old red ID card of years ago.

      Don’t jump off Kaieteur. No bodies will henceforth be recovered.

      Good Luck

  • Jugool Roopnarine  On 01/02/2016 at 8:54 am

    Is the Government really interested in what the Diaspora can offer except our money for their political work?
    Our experience can play an important role in bringing orderliness and good governance to Guyana. I agree with Mr. De Castro. Politricks can be very difficult to comprehend or is it that these ministers feel they know better than anyone else.

    • Thinker  On 01/02/2016 at 9:14 am

      It is not a matter of politricks. That would be too simple. It is a question of administrative practice. Individual returnees operating in goverment will make no difference. They get sucked into the system. It is in private enterprise that the returnee can bring orderliness.

      • De castro  On 01/10/2016 at 2:29 am

        Think you nailed it !
        The “if you cannot beat them join them” syndrome.
        Am sure there will be many private enterprise “start ups” in Guyana but the “stigmata” of
        corruption will be their struggle… a culture where “thieving/stealing” is considered smart…
        especially at the “ministries” of government…..civil service et al ..
        Am optimistic but also sceptical.
        5 months …years is a long time in politricks.
        Que sera

  • Henry Muttoo  On 01/02/2016 at 1:57 pm

    It is a crippling fear of competition. Guyanese living at home fear that many Guyanese returning home with certain skills will be placed over them. This is not necessarily true but the fear is there. Guyanese have an inflated sense of their abilities and refuse to or cannot recognise the difference between what is good quality and what is bad and so, many wallow in a kind of ignorance, accepting poor quality work and calling it good. The talk is always, “Alyuh run away and in live hay fuh donkey years and now alyuh wa’an fuh come an tell we wuh fuh do?”
    One of the greatest Guyanese Artists, Dave Martins, returned home quite a few years, now. Ask anyone what use they make of his skill? People do not like to hear these things.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/02/2016 at 3:32 pm

    Cyril, thanks for sharing the Pastor’s letter to the editor. Thanks, too, to the commentators: a very interesting discussion. On a personal level, I received no response (under the previous administration) to sharing my experience with the Brazilian import-export market.
    As noted by other commentators, the difficulties in sharing our expertise is multi-faceted: status quo in politricks (De Castro); cultural differences and administrative practice (Thinker); more interested in our money than expertise (Roopnarine); protect your turf syndrome (Chin). As Beresford noted, Guyana needs to tackle corruption.

    From my experience of living and working in Brazil’s corrupt environment, I believe that corruption and its friend moral decay have created a business culture that returning Guyanese of integrity will find difficult to penetrate and navigate.

    • De castro  On 01/02/2016 at 7:53 pm

      That’s why I love “female” input in any discussion. Its “clinical”.
      You nailed it once again.!
      In societies where “corruption” is endemic it will take more than antibiotics to cure.
      So “yes” anti corruption must remain top of the political agenda with laws introduced
      that are vigorously/rigorously enforced by a well trained and well paid police force.
      Pay peanuts you attract monkeys.
      Thatcher almost doubled police wages in her first term….today you try to bribe a policeman
      openly or discreetly you end up being incarcerated.(jailed)… in Spain you “accidentally”
      put €20 between your drivers license when stopped by Guardia Civil …your license is handed
      back to you less €20 as you are waived on……
      Enjoyed reading Thinkers suggestion to visitors for 2016 celebrations.
      My advice is simple “avoid GT especially after dark” unless accompanied by armed Guyanese
      family member or friend….and play dead when you hear gunshots being fired.
      Rural areas and interior is much safer but even those after dark can be dangerous places.
      GT is not unlike most bigger cities where “guns” are readily available.
      Obama is hoping to address the issue in his final year in office but its
      a constitutional issue…..”right to bear arms”……Guyana not sure ?
      Guns and drugs (and alcohol is drug) are a combination for disaster….

  • Albert  On 01/02/2016 at 9:44 pm

    If we look at it a bit from the govt side readily we might see its also a matter of placement. THere was hardly any local arrangement set up to understand, evaluate and place correctly, say an engineer or financial analyst etc with a ton of experience from an advanced developed country. Guyanese politicians or civil servants, who have to make the employment decision, might not be knowledgeable enough to deal with highly skilled /experienced individuals. By the time the worth of the skilled returnee is recognised he/she may have wasted years in an unchallenging environment and preparing to return.

    • De castro  On 01/03/2016 at 2:31 am

      Albert brother I share your sentiments but not your scepticism.
      If there are no qualified guyanese to make the decisions then either
      employ consultants or ask for voluntary help from the various investors
      in Guyana’s future. No strings attached please !
      Consultants are constracted to government for short term decision making
      long term decisions best left to the politically elected.
      Get it wrong they are “dispensable” at the next ballot/bail out.
      It is the government that appoints ministers
      It is the minister and his/her subordinates who are accountable to government.
      That’s why you have a reshuffle of the pack almost yearly.
      PM decision in consultation with the president (UK its HRH QE2)
      A WEEK MONTH YEAR is a looong time in politricks.

      In UK we had “Quangos” set up by the previous political cl…asses
      Institutionalized status quo….today there are no quangos just consultants
      employed by government.
      Carney new head of BOE (bank of england) was head of BOC (bank of Canada)
      before that only “insiders”….
      His package £350.000 pa plus bonuses.
      Pay peanuts you attract monkies.
      After three years…..he fails he is “sacked”.
      With £ doing so well against most other world currencies except “indebted” $
      his contract may be renewed….who make that decision…..Osbourne
      minister of finance…..lord chancellor ! The appointed minister of the PM David Cameron.

      same decision different nation state.

      Lord kamtan of cherin espania by appointment of HRH QE2 UKPLC in her 90th year unelected ruler.

  • Albert  On 01/03/2016 at 9:30 pm

    Kamtan: “If there are no qualified guyanese to make the decisions then either
    employ consultants”

    You may be misstating the point. Decisions to employ will be made. The point was about difficulty in placement. Getting people who are highly qualified and experience to the right job.
    These kind of foreign trained personnel often get frustrated because its difficult to place them in a position where they could utilise their skills, Guyana might not have positions to use them and so forth. Their training might be too advance for Guyana.
    Imagine say a software or chemical engineer or an experience US business executive retired and returning to GUyana. Difficult to find somewhere in Guyana to use him/her. If employed will often be under utilised and eventually frustrated.

  • De castro  On 01/04/2016 at 12:25 am

    Albert “the political dilemma”….
    There are many “retired” highly qualified individuals in every field of employment who will offer their
    services gratis (free) if approached via their respective embassays/high commission.
    Understood your point on the Guyana situation/experience.
    Granger is the president or “elected leader” “king” “kabaka” “chief” “god” whatever other names
    he is known by…..but he will make all the decisions that will make Guyana a “better” or “less better”
    Or “good or bad” place to be in next 5 years or more.
    His PM chooses his team (ministers)….
    The team chooses their subordinates.and so on….
    The buck stops at the Presidents.
    Granger from all indications/infoseems like a good person to lead Guyana over next decade
    but is only as good as his “decision making” ….get it right Guyana and Guyanese benefit
    get it wrong and the “ballot box” will reflect that.
    In democracies which Guyana is the right to vote is everyone’s democratic right to exercise
    “some wish to make voting compulsory” but in Guyana case not necessary with over 75%
    turn out.
    Not wishing to stray from subject.
    Government is no different to business….make the right or wrong decisions win or loose.
    Except that in government the decision is in 4/5 years election time.
    If ministers and their ministries underperform by selecting “square pegs for round holes”
    the PM reselects them in his reshuffle.
    The buck stops there,….no ifs or buts…..
    Everyone must be accountable for their decisions.
    Que Sera sera

  • demerwater  On 01/06/2016 at 11:46 am

    My opinion is that the whole concept is based on misunderstandings. I was there almost half a century ago. Please take my comments in that context.
    When the Politicians called on Guyanese abroad to ‘return home and serve’ they had nothing but “blood sweat and tears” to offer in return; and did not have the honesty to say it up front. There was no blueprint that would show the returning Guyanese a prospective niche wherein (s)he could earn a decent living for self and family. As far as I could tell, there was no tax holiday for the investor. I did have the uneasy feeling that ‘money was passing’ somewhere behind the scene.
    There was one success story but I do not know how long it lasted. It was a business that brought in used motor vehicles for resale.
    Then there were the resident Guyanese who felt, “It is damn unfair and ungrateful for them to bring back the ones who ‘cut and run’; and give them the gravy over the ones who stayed and suffered”. Almost the exact words of a Postal employee and my fellow commuter on the West Coast Railway.
    I have to tell you of my own experience. I (the agriculturist), Kurt Wuest (chemist) and Seeram Ramdeen (engineer) shared a house at LBI. We would often let our imagination have their way. We did come up with one great idea.
    It was to be a canning factory. The engineer would adapt the front end to suit the produce of the season – pineapple, citrus etc. The chemist would be in charge of the processing – pretty consistent for all products. The agriculturist was going to make sure that there would be a steady supply of raw material conforming to strict standards. The factory would have to be sited near a source of fresh water and road transport.
    The Linden Highway!
    At the time it was a mere bold black line linking Georgetown and Linden on a map in the Lands & Mines Department. Each time I located a suitable site, I was told that it was ‘earmarked’. After repeated disappointments, I asked the clerk, “How can I get some land in these earmarked areas?”
    “Bring me a letter from the President or PM”. was his laconic reply.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/06/2016 at 12:49 pm

    Here’s an excerpt from another Letter to the Editor on the same issue.

    “Like the previous government, the present government and people of our country only need three things from the diaspora: They want remittances, political donations and money for projects. That’s it. End of the story. They don’t want the diaspora’s skills, knowledge, experience or expertise.”
    ~ Anthony Pantlitz, from his Letter to the Editor, Stabroek News, January 5, 2016.

    • Albert  On 01/07/2016 at 10:18 am

      There is much that is truthful in the article speaking from personal experience. However there is always a need for some technical and managerial skillls: accountants, auditors, programmers etc. What govt never do is to identify the specific skills needed and for which jobs in the country.
      There is also another creative way to get and utilise foreign skills. Some countries (eg Israel, Brazil) do it but I dont think Guyana is that committed.

  • de castro  On 01/06/2016 at 2:58 pm

    Political dilemma…
    Change in Guyana must come from within Guyana influenced by what happens
    to next generations of Guyanese. Unless encouraged to remain most will leave
    for greener pastures… is important but Jobs for the qualified must
    also be available……failing that the “brain drain” will continue.
    The resentment for outsiders exists everywhere on the planet and
    with some skills in short supply….. it is necessary to import people
    from abroad to fill vacancies…..Guyana no exception.
    Let’s face it Guyana s demographics speaks volumes.
    750.000 …83.000 M2….inward immigration a necessary evil….
    regardless of what locals think….but immigration by selection
    not inward migration en masse…whether it be skils in diaspora
    or from timbuctu.
    In the same token Guyanese must acquire the skills necessary
    to fill local vacancies…..local training a necessity.
    It is the responsibility of the elected representatives to make
    the right decisions…get it wrong vote them out.
    It is the medias responsibility to publicise any “shortcomings”
    Or “corrupt” practices.
    I can go on and on but will get off my soap box now
    so that others can comment.

  • demerwater  On 01/07/2016 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the linked literature, Rosaliene. I could not have expressed it better. Incidentally, how do you prefer your last name to be pronounced? I say it in four syllables; most of the time it is three; as in “Rose a lean”; sometimes two; as in “Roz lin”.

  • demerwater  On 01/07/2016 at 6:48 am

    …how do you prefer your name to be pronounced? “Rosa lee en”? “Rosa lean”?or “Roz lin”? NOTA?

  • guyaneseonline  On 01/09/2016 at 10:31 pm

    Engaging citizens in the diaspora
    January 9, 2016 – Guyana Chronicle – Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor,
    I REFER to Pastor WP Jeffrey’s letter: “It is difficult for overseas Guyanese offering skills to break into the inner circle of bureaucracy.” Like Pastor Jeffery, I have had a similar experience, but with the previous administration. I am a skilled professional, and so when I heard that there were shortages of my skill sets, I immediately offered to volunteer at a certain ministry.
    The response I received was one of total dysfunction by senior government officials. This was unfortunate, considering that those needing help were ignored. My experience has made me realise that our governments are responsible for wrecking our country and driving us into turmoil. There is no question in my mind that this dynamic undoubtedly fuels the abnormally high suicide rate.
    Pastor Jeffery is absolutely right that the APNU+AFC government is riding on the same dysfunctional trajectory as the previous administration. Also, it should not be ignored that the PNC (APNU) initially mapped out this trajectory and travelled it. The APNU+AFC government campaigned on a mantra of change, and so where is the change? It is no secret that our country desperately needs all kinds of skills to move it forward and to mitigate the pains of the poor. Sadly, however, our governments have been indifferent about engaging skilled professionals.
    So what is driving its indifference? Well, job opportunities are scarce, and so our governments are hoarding them for their comrades (supporters, friends and family of government) as political payback and incentives (political spoils).
    More often than not, their comrades lack the requisite credentials, which leads to high levels of inefficiency and undoubtedly ravages our country.
    Editor, our entire nation is brimming with inefficiency. Government’s actions are deliberate. Government does not care. Government chastised the PPP/C for similar wrongdoings and this is a case of “the pot calling the kettle black.”
    Despite government heartlessly firing us and shutting us out of development, it is bald- faced enough to call for our return from abroad. Such calls are empty and are nothing less than prevarication to bolster its image and to camouflage its shady actions. Take, for example, just within recent weeks, President Granger was calling on our students studying abroad to return home after the conclusion of their studies against a backdrop of his government firing innocent citizens along racial lines.
    Who would respond to such impractical calls? Who would want to return to a country where citizens with requisite credentials are unable to penetrate the work force? Who would want to return to a country, where government is hoarding jobs for comrades? Who would want to return to a country where comrades lack knowledge, and any prospects moving the country forward would wind up in a stalemate? Who would want to return to a country to idle and twiddle our thumbs? This will only drive us into alcoholism, or suicide, or both. Who would want to return to a country, where corruption nullifies our hard work? Youths here at home are unable to find jobs, then how will government find jobs for those returning from abroad? Who would want to return to a country where our lives are not safe?
    Government needs to be genuine. Government holds the trump card, and if it plays it fairly, it will unleash development. However, government is playing the game in its favour, and this will only anchor us deeper into poverty. Let us be frank: Our governments are more than happy to keep us at bay, so that they have the entire pie to themselves. Like it or not, we need to buckle up for an extended ride by the APNU+AFC government.
    Heartbreakingly, the poor are too fragile to endure this. We should not be oblivious to the fact that a rogue government is in power. It has bullied us on several fronts already by putting its needs above those of our country and its people. This government not only rejects our skills, but also has the gall to bully a mega-salary increase and skew an already racially lopsided work force in its favour, which amounts to discrimination.
    Government is unremorselessly trampling our human rights, throttling development, and destroying our country. This must end. We, the people, have the ultimate power to muzzle government. To this end, I will level a lawsuit against government, so as to force it to diversify the work force, even if it means that I have to eat dhal and rice to foot the bill. I can assure government that it will see a lawsuit if it does not diversify. The world is way too civilised to tolerate government’s unethical actions. A victory will be monumental for social cohesion and for the development of our country. Our country desperately needs to move forward. Government needs its power stripped, and momentum is building in this regard. Make no mistake: Guyana desperately needs a radically different government in terms of its philosophy and ideology for us to realise meaningful change.

    • de castro  On 01/10/2016 at 11:28 am

      Dr Dilipkumar
      You nailed it….
      May add…it should be forming a new party with the diaspora in mind.
      With more Guyanese born living outside guyana than within it makes
      sense…..only hicup …who to lead it (bell the cat)….
      Think the leadership is already resident in guyana having returned
      some time ago from living abroad.
      Let’s hope this happens sooner than later…long before next election.
      USA its democrats V republicans
      UK its labour V conservatives
      EU its left V right
      Guyana its PPP V PNC

      GUYANA needs to move on politically….Private V Public

      Somewhere in between these two ideology is the balance for any new kid on
      the block….with its focus on the educated youths future.

      Ways I see it……

    • Albert  On 01/10/2016 at 2:30 pm

      Dilipkumar is streching it with politics. He did not even state his expertise. The feed back I get from people who have been there is that there is lack of need skills but a limited number of appropriate applicants from abroad Employment is at a high level in the US. Tough to get people to return.
      Incidentally two accountants I know in the US returned and have jobs. One with the Customs Dept.

      • De castro  On 01/10/2016 at 3:02 pm

        For starters good news..hope more follow…however skill shortages may be more important in ‘service’ sector…
        and professionals.
        As suggested Guyana will need
        new political leadership in the future either from returnees or
        internally to remove the stigmata
        of PPP V PNC….complete change in its political ideology.
        EG not democrat V republican
        Or labour V conservatives
        Or left V right

        Private V Public

        Job creation …
        Ways I see it….
        Politics in developed democracies has stagnated
        in bureaucracy and status quo
        in political thinking

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