Guyana Politics: Why is the APNU+AFC silent on the carting off of our oil blocks? – commentary

The APNU and AFC are adding little value to Guyana’s politics. To the disgust of many, they are focused too much on power and too little on the country’s progress. While the country’s riches are being carted off, the main parliamentary opposition is not raising a word of objection. In this instance, the main opposition parties are no different from the ruling PPP/C.

Why are APNU and AFC at one with the PPP/C in saying nothing about the plundering of our oil and the disappearance of oil blocks into unknown private hands? What are the real roles of APNU and AFC in this national disaster? Why do they have nothing to say or refuse to be critical of their main adversary’s handling of these issues?             

We have to ask whether they are in bed with or on the same page as the PPP/C when it comes to the disappearance of the Canje and Kaieteur Blocks and the review of the Payara Field Development Plan? We agree that the pandemic, the budget and the appointment of office holders of the Regional Democratic Councils are important. However, what can be more important than ensuring that our country gets a better deal for its oil wealth?

The APNU and the AFC can all serve Guyanese better if they are hawkeyed over our oil. Yet, they are curiously silent.

We challenge the opposition to join with us in seeking answers about the Canje and Kaieteur Blocks. We have been doing so every day for years now. Where are the APNU and the AFC? When are they going to advocate for greater transparency and accountability when it comes to our resources?

The Natural Resource Governance Institute has named 12 major corruption red flags to look out for in the oil industry, and Guyana has ticked every box

Sep 28, 2020  Kaieteur News

Red Flag #1 – The government allows a seemingly unqualified company to compete for, or win an award
Red Flag #2 – A competing or winning company shows signs of having a Politically Exposed Person (PEP) as a hidden beneficial owner.
Red Flag #3 – The winning company or its owners sell out for a large profit without having done substantial work.
Red Flag #4 – A company or individual with a history of controversy or criminal behaviour competes for, or wins, an award.
Red Flag #5 – A competing or winning company has a shareholder or other business relationship with a politically exposed person (PEP), or a company in which a PEP has an interest.
Red Flag #6 – An official with influence over the selection process has a conflict of interest.
Red Flag #7 – An official intervenes in the award process, resulting in benefit to a particular company.
Red Flag #8 – A company provides payments, gifts or favours to a PEP with influence over the selection process.
Red Flag #9 – The agreed terms of the award deviate significantly from industry or market norms
Red Flag #10 – Competition is deliberately constrained in the award process.
Red Flag #11 – A company uses a third-party intermediary to gain an advantage in the award.
Red Flag #12 – A payment made by the winning company is diverted away from the appropriate government account.

PPP/C and APNU+AFC have allowed Guyana’s international reputation to be stained by corruption, hurting Guyana’s chances of attracting prudent investors, and encouraging corrupt oil companies to come to our shores.

Guyanese, demand better from your leaders!

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  • guyaneseonline  On October 2, 2020 at 1:57 am

    The PPP/C’s Grand Payara Betrayal
    Oct 02, 2020 Front Page Comment, Kaieteur News

    Kaieteur News – Payara was a masquerade from the beginning. It was an elaborate dog and pony show.

    Now that the licence is approved, all the government’s yapping and howling can cease.
    The government has deceived the public by its submission to the will of ExxonMobil. What it promised the people, it did not deliver.

    The PPP/C started out on the wrong foot with Payara. It picked the wrong persons to review the contract. The review of the Payara Field Development Plan has not been made public, yet the government has been hasty in inking the deal. It did not see it fit to even consult with the Guyanese people.

    The PPP/C is already in overdrive trying to sell us false dreams about the trillions of dollars which we will earn as a result of this deal. They are, however, silent about the US$9B price tag which has to be paid by the people for this plan, and about their abysmal failure to negotiate any substantial improvement in benefits.
    Payara was a lost opportunity. The PPP/C squandered the chance of righting past wrongs and rebalancing the oil agreements in the country’s favour.

    Instead of the Treasury benefitting from a bonanza, all the people got were empty words.

    Payara is a bitter pill for Guyanese. Their hopes have once again been dashed at the hands of their political leaders. It is time for the Guyanese people to let their leaders know how they feel about this grand betrayal.

  • kamtanblog  On October 2, 2020 at 2:25 am

    My friend
    It’s a case of “too little too late”
    Horse has bolted ! Flood gates open
    spring tide on way !

    Sad very sad situation
    Guyanese dilemma !

    No U turn or turning back now

    Signed and sealed

    Que sera sera

  • Winston Yaw  On October 2, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Yeah

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