to Rescue the Nation
and gentlemen of the media. As
you are aware the People's
Congress has recently concluded its 12th Biennial
at Sophia, under the theme "PNC – Ready to Rescue the
by a cultural program of varied elements,
it was a most successful
viewed from any standpoint.
it was well attended you have
noted (at least those of you who
the opportunity to cover our events).
had over 1300 Delegates and
from our hinterland regions,
made extraordinary sacrifices
efforts to be with us. The
open, keen and decisive. Members
articulated their concerns and
their commitment to the major goals of our Party.
we wish to share with you some of the high points of the Congress.
singular and critical importance was the address of the Party’s
Hugh Desmond Hoyte, at the Opening Session to the 3000 odd
included the distinguished members of the diplomatic corps
Guyana, and a wide cross-section of Guyanese, representative of
religious and civic organizations.
Leader’s presentation marked the high
of the Congress. It struck a most receptive
and was enthusiastically received by
participants. In addition
Address by Mr. Hoyte, there
two other major presentations to wit:
General Secretary’s Report and a
Discussion along with Regional
sessions on the Party’s strategy
win the upcoming national elections.
of the above-mentioned presentations were fully discussed,
elaborated by Congress which gave its approval and endorsed the
outlined by the Party’s Leader to discharge the challenging
rescuing this nation from imminent economic, collapse, and the
which now threaten us.
Leader’s Address provided the principal focus and policy
successful campaign and governance by the PNC under the
As Mr. Hoyte himself explains, the term “reform” has
of all, it recalls the transformation which the Party itself has
for some years now, the single most important event being
revision of our Party constitution in 1994 to commit the
to the maintenance of a free and open society; a
economy; a private sector that is the dominant
of growth and development; and an economic climate
is favourable for private investment, both local and
for business activities generally.
it highlights the extraordinary transformation of this
the Economic Recovery Programme that created a platform,
destroyed by the PPP, for the rapid economic
of our country.
it acknowledges the existence, the importance and the value
those non-party citizens who are associated with us.
it gives an unqualified pledge and assurance to the Guyanese
of the profound and far-reaching reforms that the PNC/Reform
undertake in the post-election period to restore national
and confidence and convert our country into a modern,
the virulent nature and pervasiveness of the national crisis
engulf us and threaten our very survival as a Nation, Mr. Hoyte
a massive programme for national reconstruction and
be undertaken by PNC/Reform.
Central to this is the Party’s commitment
the creation of an “inclusive democracy” for all Guyanese.
the idea of providing opportunities for all of our citizens,
ethnicity, political or religious persuasion or geographic
have opportunities to take part in the management and the
process within the State and in the political, economic,
and cultural sectors of national life”.
PNC/Reform will dedicate all its energies to abolish the old style
which has “come to be cynically regarded as an
rewarding Party faithfuls and dispensing patronage”.
So winning the
election is not enough. Rescuing the nation is our goal!
also agreed to work tirelessly and assiduously towards winning
constitutionally due by January 17, 2001.
fully agrees that the hand of cooperation extended by
who wish to contribute to our programme of national
our electoral efforts to ensure victory at the polls be accepted.
endorsed a complex of economic, political and social reforms
major infrastructural programmes: the Guyana 21 Project; an
for jumpstarting the economy; and a raft of other reforms for the
and social sectors.
Congress agreed on the following:
the PNC/Reform government will enact comprehensive tax
to reduce the burden of over taxation that currently inhibits
PNC/Reform will enact comprehensive legislation to protect
rights and a Freedom of Information Act to encourage
openness and transparency in government.
PNC/Reform will implement measures to ensure the security
our borders and the territorial integrity of our State – these
will include a comprehensive evaluation of the
needs of those entrusted with the security of
the nation, including the recapitalisation of the
also agreed on the urgent necessity to eradicate the insidious
web of nepotism and corruption which continues to erode
in the principal institutions and arms of the State, to ensure
of public morale and public confidence in government - a
of nation building. Reform of the system of public tendering
public contracts shall be a primary focus.
important part of our programme of reforms, Congress agreed will
re-examination of the Rights and conditions of Amerindian
a process of consultation with the leaders of the communities
that our policies and programmes are consonant with the
and demands of those communities.
considered several motions and questions submitted by
agreed on the appropriate measures to treat with them.
resoundingly articulated its determination that Mr. Hugh
should continue as Party Leader and lead the Party into the
Elections due by January 17, 2001.
Congress unanimously agreed to
aside the process for the election of a Successor Leader.
were unanimous in their convictions that the No.1 priority of
should be to win the forthcoming election therefore the Party
all its energies to that purpose.
accordance with the Constitution of the Party, Congress elected
fifteen other members to the Central Executive as follows:
the following persons were co-opted to serve on this body:
Ally, Dharamdeo Sawh and Latchman Sammy.
culminated its three days of
and activities with the traditional
March and a massive rally at the
of the Revolution. Party Leader,
Desmond Hoyte reported on the significant
important outcomes of the Congress.
- Oscar Clarke, General Secretary
- August 31st,
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- In another three weeks -- from
August 25-27 – the twelfth (12th) Biennial
- Congress of the People's National
Congress will convene here at
- Congress Place, Sophia under the
theme “PNC – Ready to
- As you members of the media will
recall, the Party by resolution of its
- General Council dated Sunday 8th
August 1999, decided to reschedule
- its Biennial Congress which was due
last year to this year in order to
- ensure the best use of its
resources by having a pre-election Congress to
- mobilize and galvanise its forces,
so to speak, in our thrust to Rescue
- the Nation after waging a
successful campaign and winning the
- forthcoming elections.
- Our 12th Biennial
Congress, therefore, will being together some two thousand
- delegates and observers (Party
members) who will be representatives of
- their groups throughout the ten
regions of Guyana as well as special
- invitees and friends.
Because this Congress will be devoted to preparations
- for elections no fraternal
delegations have been invited to attend. Over the past
- several months our members, from
both coastal and hinterland regions,
- have been busily preparing
themselves to participate meaningfully in the
- deliberations of Congress.
- The Special General Council Meeting
which was held on Saturday
- April 29 – 2000 discussed the
implications of the new Electoral System
- and agreed the tasks to be
undertaken and the structures necessary for
- facilitating their implementation. Discussions at this Congress will further
- enhance the work already done as
well as clarify strategies for Campaign
- 2001.Each region has been allocated
a financial target as a contribution
- towards the overall Congress Budget and
indications are that are well
- on the way to achieving their
- Meanwhile, nominations for Party
Officers have been submitted from Party
- Groups in accordance with our
Constitution and indications are that there
- will be several contestants for the
various leadership positions.
At he close
- of nominations, Mr. Hugh Desmond
Hoyte is the only nominee for the
- position of Party Leader.
- This Congress will also elect a
member of the party to the position of
- Successor Party Leader in keeping
with the decision of the party’s General
- Council of December 11, 1999.
In accordance with that decision our Party
- Groups have made nominations and
the process of interviewing and short
- listing of the Candidates who will
be eligible for election to this position
- will soon be undertaken by a
Committee of Elders of our party.
- In terms of physical preparations
for the Congress work, this is at present
- proceeding apace to extend the
Congress Auditorium in order to accommodate
- the anticipated increase in the
number of participants.
Refurbishing of the
- main Secretarial building as well
as other ancillary buildings is also taking place.
- A plan for the decoration of the
auditorium and the compound has been
- conceptualized and our team of
decorators has already begun work. As
- regards accommodation of delegates,
especially those from the hinterland
- regions, suitable accommodation at
a venue closely has already been
- secured and we are at present
endeavouring to ensure that it is in a
- state of readiness for the
- On Friday 25th August
there will be a Ceremonial Opening Session which
- will feature various cultural items
including the Congress” Theme Song.
- Participants will be drawn mainly
from the Party’s Youth and Women sections.
- A few artistes will also be
featured on this programme. The
Highlight of the
- afternoon’s programme will be an
Address by the Party’s Leader,
- Mr. Hugh Desmond Hoyte. Other
programme items for the ensuing days,
- Sat 26th and Sunday 27th,
- The General Secretary’s Report
- Presentation and Discussion on Elections
- GYSM and NCW Conferences
- Questions and Motions.
Congress culminates with a massive rally at the Square of the
the Party’s Leader will inform the nation on the major
decisions of the
This rally will be preceded by a march from the Congress
the Square of the Revolution.
this time the People's National Congress wishes to record its
to all those individuals and organizations that have been
our efforts in preparation for what would undoubtedly be a
Enthusiasm is at fever pitch and all indications are
successful Congress and a grand launching of our Election
- Oscar Clarke, General Secretary
- People's National Congress
- August 3, 2000