THE Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) urges the government to mount a formal investigation into the allegations made by the Regional Democratic Council Chairman of Region 10 that the committees established under the agreement that brought an end to the Linden protests in 2012 are nonfunctional and have achieved little to date. This is necessary to ascertain whether there is any merit to the accusations and take the necessary actions to ensure that the agreement is implemented according to the agreed terms and avoid a recurrence of 2012.
The Linden protests were one of the most significant national crises in Guyana’s recent history. The nation remembers the damage done to the physical infrastructure in Linden and also the blocking of the bridge that serves as a main artery and passage to other regions of Guyana, including, those areas that are considered home to a significant fraction of the nation’s extractive and gold mining communities.
During this period the GCCI and other private sector organisations received numerous complaints from affected members of the business community about their inability to operate normally. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) responded and took immediate action in order to bring about a resolution to the crisis. The PSC organised a whirlwind of emergency meetings with all of the major political stakeholders in the country including the President of Guyana and his Cabinet, leaders of all the major opposition political parties, security forces, and the leaders of the protests in Linden, including Regional Chairman Mr. Sharma Solomon.
Therefore, it was with much relief that an agreement was met in August of 2012 and which saw an end to the crisis.
The Georgetown Chamber will continue to monitor the developments and occurrences in Region 10 and sustain our role as an impartial broker in a potentially volatile process.