Guyana celebrates 51st anniversary of political independence

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Caribbean News Service-Guyana is on Friday celebrating 51 years of political independence from Britain with the governing People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) party pledging to work “with all to forge social cohesion and national unity”.

President David Granger said the political developments of the past two years have opened new avenues for the forging of a new democratic culture.

“Our party is confident that if as a nation we can build a truly inclusive political culture in which all stakeholders are allowed to play a meaningful role and which can create an enabling environment for the orderly development of the nation, we can look forward to a future that is politically successful, economically self-sustaining and culturally rewarding.”

The main opposition Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) encouraged Guyanese to strive to bring greater economic and social prosperity to the country.

“We have to dedicate even more energies to improve our system of government, strengthen our democratic institutions and enhance the rights and freedoms of our people if we are to realize the aspirations and goals of our independence architects.”

The party has also pledged to adhere to independence ideals and “to continue to work selflessly with our people as they traverse along that path to achieve them.”

Meanwhile, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the people of Guyana on their anniversary of independence.

In a message on behalf of the Community, the Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the progress made by Guyana over the last five decades was indicative of the determination and resilience of its citizens.

This allied with the country’s natural resources, fertile agricultural lands, and thrust to a green economy, LaRocque said, boded well for the nation’s future.

“Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet,” the Secretary-General said.

“The Caribbean Community joins with the Government and People of Guyana in their celebration of this milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey together towards further progress of the country and the Region,” he added.

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