GCCI calls for probe into non-functional Linden agreement committees

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is calling on the government to launch an investigation into the allegations made by Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon on the committees established following the 2012 protest.

The chamber in a release said it is necessary to ascertain whether there is any truth to the accusations and if so, necessary measures need to be taken so as to ensure that the agreement made is implemented according to the agreed terms and avoid a recurrence of what took place in 2012. Solomon had been reported as saying that the committees established to look at issues affecting Lindeners following the protest have been non-functional.

The Linden protest was one of the most significant national crises recorded in the recent history of the country. There were damages to infrastructure and the blockage of the bridge which serves as a main artery and passage to other regions of the country.

According to the release, during that period, the GCCI and other private sector organisations received numerous complaints from business persons, stating that they cannot operate as unusual. The Private Sector Commission had stepped in and took immediate action to bring an end to the crisis.

The PSC had organised a slew of meetings with the majority of the political stakeholders in the country including President Donald Ramotar and his Cabinet members, along with the leaders of the major opposition parties, security forces and leaders of the protests in Linden, including Solomon.

It was then, with a breath of relief, an agreement was met in August in 2012 and the crisis was brought to an end.

In the release, the chamber stated that it will continue to monitor the developments and occurrences in the region and will sustain their role “as an impartial broker in a potentially volatile process”.