‒ calls for 124 actions in 17 areas to stimulate economy, reduce hardships, more
and the economy have made clear that the documents would have served to ensure that the consultations do not become ‘talk shop’ undertakings; rather, would allow for substantive discussions.
As such, t he PPP/ C, has moved to the National Assembly with a motion calling for action that would “stimulate the economy, reduce poverty and hardships presently being experienced, especially by the poor and working people of this country.”
A whopping 124 proposals were made in 17 areas by the political Opposition. The motion says: “Be it resolved that the Minister of Finance take account of and implement these proposals in his 2018 Annual Budget.”
The 17 areas where recommendations for action were made include: Fiscal and Taxation Policies; Finance Sector; Transparency and Accountability- Enhancing The Business Environment And Sending The “Right Signals”; Infrastructural Development; Energy Sector; Education; Social Services; Health; Agriculture Sector; Amerindian- majority Regions; Sugar Industry; Rice Sector; Business Sector; Construction and Engineering Sector; Mining Sector; Transportation and Communication Sectors; and the Security Sector.
Specific calls were made for: the reversal of the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity, water, education and other essential food items, among others; the release the Norwegian fact- based assessment on the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project and immediate commencement of i mplementation; t he restoration of the “cash care” programme for each child registered from nursery through to secondary students and increase to $ 20,000 per child; t he increase in the rate of Old Age Pension to $ 25,000 per month from the current $19,000 per month in keeping with the APNUAFC Coalition Manifes- to; the restoration of the subsidy given to dialysis patients; the suspension of increased fees for land and drainage and irrigation; the repossession of privately owned lands to stop; the re- hiring of the 1,972 Amerindian Community Service Officers; the immediate reversal of the decision to close down three sugar estates- Uitvlugt, Enmore and Rose Hall estates- by December 2017; the reversal of the decision to close Wales estate; stop the privatization of the Skeldon Estate and Skeldon Energy Inc.; the resumption of negotiations with the Government of Venezuela with the intention of selling rice and paddy to that country; t he restoration of t he national housing programme by opening up new and available lands in all regions for individual household owners; the unallocated oil blocks to be auctioned in response to the demand; the repeal of the new Broadcasting Act 2017; the removal of t he t olls i mposed by the Linden Town Council on vehicles transiting to, and, through the township to the interior and coast; the removal of the ban on