The Private Sector Commission in a release today called on Government and the parliamentary parties to convene an extra-Parliamentary meeting to move swiftly to address the establishment and operationalisation of those institutions that mitigate perceptions of corruption and the furtherance of the evolution of a truly democratic society. The PSC says that failing to so do would “create an all time lack interest by our society in our national politics.”
The PSC reminded the government of its commitment to the setting up of the Public Procurement Commission and the Integrity Commission.
The PSC further stated that “on both sides we must compromise, these are not political institutions but are meant to add to transparency and accountability.”
Additionally, the release said “we believe that the time has come for an end to the procrastination on these matters and for the Government and the political opposition to give effect to the commitment they have made to the nation on the setting up of these Commissions.”
The PSC also reiterated it’s call for the appointment of an Ombudsman, all of the tax tribunals and all other appeal mechanisms that lead to the citizenry’s rights being protected.
“We believe that the failure to establish these entities poses a threat to legitimate business activities, creates unfair business to business competition and indeed is the reason why some legitimate businesses cannot stand up to new competition.”
The Private Sector Commission urged the Government to fully operationalise the Financial Intelligence Unit and to equip the entity with the necessary personnel to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.
Money laundering is a scourge all over the world that cannot be ignored here in Guyana. It creates unfair advantages for legitimate companies by the lowering of prices beyond cost. It eliminates legitimate competition and feeds into the drug trade said the PSC
We appeal to all of our politicians to put Guyana and its legitimate tax payers first.