Main­tai­ning GuySuCo is de­pri­ving ma­ny other sec­tors

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Pre­si­dent Da­vid Gran­ger is saying that the mo­ney his govern­ment has been pum­ping in­to the Gu­y­a­na Su­gar Cor­po­ra­ti­on (GuySuCo) is en­ough to have ef­fec­ted sig­ni­fi­cant chan­ges in other sec­tors.

“One of the big­gest pro­blems we have is GuySuCo, the su­gar cor­po­ra­ti­on is cos­ting us bil­li­ons; if I can put that mo­ney in­to the school sy­s­tem, the pu­blic he­alth sy­s­tem, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gu­y­a­na you would have seen a trans­for­ma­ti­on.”The Pre­si­dent told re­por­ters who ap­pe­a­red on The Pu­blic In­te­rest that the govern­ment sim­ply can­not af­ford to keep pum­ping bil­li­ons of dol­lars in­to GuySuCo kno­wing that the na­ti­on’s de­vel­op­ment is at risk. He ad­ded that the “pre­sent mo­del of GuySuco has fai­led.” Be­cau­se of this, Gran­ger said that Ca­bi­net had an en­ga­ge­ment with the ma­na­ge­ment of GuySuCo “and the­re has to be chan­ge.” The Head of Sta­te said that he has com­mit­ted to dis­cus­si­ons with the op­po­si­ti­on, uni­ons, sta­ke­hol­ders and the pu­blic at lar­ge. “This is an in­du­stry es­ta­blis­hed over 350 ye­ars. This is why our fo­re pa­rents ca­me to a pla­ce cal­l­ed Bri­tish Gui­a­na—to work on the su­gar plan­ta­ti­on,” said Gran­ger.

The Pre­si­dent told re­por­ters that the su­gar in­du­stry is the sin­gle ol­dest con­ti­nuous in­du­stry in Gu­y­a­na but, “it is hae­mor­r­ha­ging. The govern­ment can­not af­ford to keep on bai­ling it out. The­re has to be chan­ge, the very na­tu­re of the chan­ge is so­me­thing dif­fi­cult to be de­ci­ded.”Re­pe­a­ting that the pre­sent mo­del used for cen­tu­ries has fai­led, Gran­ger said that his govern­ment is at a mo­dern mo­del. “We want to pro­tect the li­ve­li­hood of the wor­king pe­o­p­le and we feel that the­re are so­me parts of the in­du­stry that can be ma­de pro­fi­ta­ble.”Gran­ger said that the nee­ded chan­ges must be re­a­li­zed in 2016.


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