The National Development Strategy was conceptualised in the early years of the Jagan administration

Dear Editor,  

Emile Mervin’s letter on October 5, 2017 in Stabroek News ‘Hope for better seems to be a fleeting illusion’ refers.

The content of the letter strongly reflects Mr Mervin views which I have no difficulty with; however, while Mr Mervin is entitled to his own views he is not entitled to his own facts. For instance, Mr Mervin stated in his letter that “for the five years he was President, Jagan either was formulating an economic plan or he simply had no plan, at least not that the people knew of.” This statement is not only inaccurate but totally misleading.

The National Development Strategy (NDS), a ten-year plan was conceptualized in the early years of the Cheddi Jagan administration. Dr Jagan launched the first draft of six volumes of the NDS on January 6, 1997. The NDS was laid in Parliament and benefited from inputs from the opposition, private sector, NGOs and University of Guyana, with workshops in the various regions of the country.

Later, the late Dr Kenneth King worked on the production of the final NDS document after broad consultations. Dr King did a series of articles in Sunday Stabroek in 2001 on the NDS, focusing on value added in the natural resources sectors, foreign investments, the manufacturing sector and infrastructure. Only recently, the British High Commissioner, Mr Greg Quinn in August made reference to the NDS plan as a framework to develop a current term strategy in Guyana.

Any person who has an interest in Guyana’s political and economic development should read the NDS strategy.


Yours faithfully,

(Name and address provided)


The microbial quality of water of the Fyrish Well is intact

Dear Editor, The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) wishes to respond to a letter published in the daily newspapers regarding the location of the Fyrish Well in Region 6, East Berbice/Corentyne.

There were 735 vacancies advertised by the TSC not 3472

Dear Editor, My letter in Stabroek News of April 19, which has the headline: ‘Totals?’ was intended as a preliminary comment on a letter by Mr EB John in SN dated April 18, 2018 with the headline: ‘There are 3472 vacancies in education delivery.’ Mr John’s letter seemed to me at first glance as an attempt to fill a gap arising out of my failure to send at least one letter to Stabroek News commenting on the Vacancy Notice published by the Teaching Service Commission this year.

GRA has not updated its website re: drivers’ licences

Dear Editor, A friend of mine who recently migrated to the United States informed me of a situation that exposes the ineptitude of one of our primary governmental offices.

Does the GPF have a section responsible for traffic lights?

Dear Editor, Traffic symbols, signs, and rules are most important for both pedestrians and vehicular users’ safety.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now