Engaging with civil society – Guyana Chronicle

RECYCLING solutions to the myriad of problems and challenges that inevitably arise as a nation develops and develops from a nation-wide, it is laudable that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is really reaching out to the civil society, thereby ensuring that all Guyanese could play a role in national development. The PPP, this historic political socio-economic movement, stands out as one of the only well-established political forces in the world that embraces civic society as its structural working partner. This unique political-civic alignment of the party that now forms the Government of Guyana, the PPP / C, allows for a national leadership platform that is inclusive, all-inclusive and considerate of all aspects of national life. All Guyanese have the opportunity to play a role in national development. Such relationships need to be nurtured, nurtured with responsibility, professional ethics, and deep consideration in the national interest.
Just as the Government never abuses its political dominance over the civic component in its position and in the Senate, always treating everyone with equal status, civic leaders throughout society must exercise leadership ethics responsible when playing their role. This usually happens, as with the Private Sector’s involvement with the PPP / C, and the close working relationship between the two. However, some parts of Guyana embark on irresponsible hatred, especially some sections of the private media, always trying to poke holes in the confidence of citizens to conduct national development business. They criticize, find fault, and point fingers, with little regard for their role as responsible leaders of a society that could do much more to engineer Guyana from solid coordination and positive citizen engagement. They seem bent on causing mischief.

One recognizes the role of critical thinking as a necessary aspect of development. However, critical verbiage based on unfounded skepticism, and outright authenticity cannot play a positive role in society. Citizens must decide to build a national culture of respectful national discourse, sound debate, and intelligent interaction.
For example, the practice of some people screaming high and low unfounded accusations that the Government is signing oil rights to the multinational oil companies cannot be a good thing. Constantly beating a Government for its role in signing investment deals, always harming corruption everywhere, these shallow screamers could scare investment opportunities. Yes, there must be a media role of a watchdog, but it must be based on professional ethics, fairness, balance of information shared with the public, mutual consultation at all times, and respect for facts, against emotional doubts, innuendos , and false feelings.

If Guyana is to gain the respect of the global village as a world-class society, these little things need to be cleansed. So much effort goes into engaging Guyanese from all backgrounds within the country’s leadership structure, through the political-civic partnership, through real democracy and a robust media environment, through Government outreach to communities everywhere, through free elections and fair, and through an open forum on Social Media, where anyone could interact directly with Government Ministers, it is confusing to see some people turning to cheap and emotional negativity when engaging with the public. If one bothered with the negativity, one would think that the Government was deliberately selling all Guyana oil to foreigners. It is irrational and ridiculous, and yet, every day, such absurdity is peddled on the streets of this nation.

Every Guyanese must understand what it takes to refine and refine and define the social space of this land, so that this country thrives in an environment of positive energy.
Along with the PPP / C’s politically engaged partnership with civic society, Guyana also demonstrates its internal strength and decides to implement, with determination, the functioning of functional democracy, thereby maintaining a national public-owned media fund expresses itself easily through letters to newspapers and digital media, and through television and radio programs. Guyana fosters a culture and embedded system of strong citizen engagement in how society develops and grows. Government ministers who meet through regular outreach with citizens throughout the country add to this structure of strong relationships between citizens and political leaders. In fact, Guyana enjoys the blessing of actually having people’s government. And so the onus is on the people who venture out to role-play, to weigh up which role they choose to play; positive or negative.

One notes that the main Opposition Party, the National People’s Congress (PNC), copied the concept of linking its political organization to civic society, when it formed its Reform branch. However, that effort has since failed, and the PNC is back to being a purely political entity, with no civic component. When the PNC led the Coalition Government, Guyanese became frustrated with the complete lack of engagement between the Coalition Government and citizens, with very few media conferences, an overwhelming pride by Coalition officials towards ordinary citizens, and harsh austerity measures against citizens fragile he gave untouched. pressure on the elderly, the poor and the unemployed. The Coalition appointed its political nails to Government positions only, rather than the PPP / C custom of choosing a member of civic society to serve as Prime Minister, along with other ministers from the Civic pool.
Thus, Guyanese cannot assume that this alignment of the PPP / C, between the nation’s most trusted historical socio-economic political movement, the PPP, and civic society, is light-hearted. It is a blessing to the nation, profoundly. And it should never be taken for granted.

Therefore, all civic society would want to play a positive, attractive, responsible and professional role in building the social environment under which this Guyanese growing country is to build for tomorrow. Government and civic society must reach out to each other in good faith, sound dialogue and debate, and responsible respect for each other. Starting with skepticism that one side is out to get the other, as the Coalition has always done with accusing the Private Sector of skulduggery, and in the way that some sections of the private media, and some subordinate leaders groups shouting irrational, irresponsible, and baseless accusations against the Government and international oil companies, it would damage the good intentions of the PPP / C in forming this commendable alignment between the political front and civic society . Guyana could set the world a golden standard in how politics and civic society interact and align. That takes a deliberate nationwide spirit of friendship, trust and Guyanese belief in one another.