My View

Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Don­ald Ramo­tar


Au­gust 15, 2017 is­sue of the Guyana Chron­i­cle car­ried a scream­ing front page head­line “Track­ing The Money”.

The by­line went on to add “Sleepin boss, as­so­ciates snared in money laun­der­ing probe…”

This is the govern­ment’s news­pa­per talk­ing about one of our young, bright and up­com­ing en­trepreneurs.

Re­cently, it came to light that the Prime Min­is­ter him­self had in­structed that he ap­proves the ar­ti­cles for that pa­per be­fore they were pub­lished. Indeed, one of the re­porters was dis­missed for car­ry­ing a story that the regime was not com­fort­able with, and the PM did not ap­prove.

We can, there­fore, as­sume that the regime has de­cided to de­stroy Mr. Clifton Bac­chus, the pro­pri­etor of the Sleepin Ho­tel chain. Clearly the rea­son is that this regime is de­mand­ing of busi­ness per­sons that they de­cide who they should as­so­ciate with; the regime wants to choose these per­sons’ friends and as­so­ciates.

This vi­cious at­tack on one of our pro­gres­sive busi­ness­men is an in­di­ca­tion of how low this regime has sunk. It is a re­flec­tion of their vi­cious­ness. It is one of the most im­moral acts and is cer­tainly mo­ti­vated by cor­rup­tion.

Sleepin In­ter­na­tional was given a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) by the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion. It was dur­ing my pres­i­dency that it was done

Even though Mr. Bac­chus has been my friend for many years, giv­ing him that MOU was not mo­ti­vated by friend­ship.

The PPP/C Ad­min­is­tra­tion had iden­ti­fied tourism as one of the ar­eas where our coun­try had po­ten­tial for rapid growth. It was in pur­suit of this po­si­tion that we ag­gres­sively worked with stake­hold­ers in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors in lay­ing the in­fra­struc­ture for its take off.

It was that pol­icy that guided the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­vest­ment in sev­eral projects in­clud­ing the Guyana Na­tional Stadium, The Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, the Mar­riot Ho­tel, a world class Olympic size swim­ming pool, and an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard track and field fa­cil­ity.

The PPP/C also worked hard on big projects like the Cheddi Ja­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port ex­pan­sion project and did a great deal of work on our roads. We up­graded the Ogle airstrip, trans­form­ing it into an in­ter­na­tional air­port.

The idea was to pro­mote a many-faceted tourism prod­uct. The tra­di­tional eco –tourism was one area. How­ever, we were look­ing at de­velop-

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