Moving Guyana Forward
APNU+AFC is a partnership between A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC). APNU comprises the Guyanese Action Party (GAP), Justice For All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA), People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) and Working People's Alliance (WPA)
The parties share a common vision for the good of all Guyanese, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, age, geographical location, social station, political persuasion, or sexual orientation in accordance with the Green State Development Strategy.
The objective of our governance programme is to promote good governance, including respect for the rule of law, promotion of transparency, financial probity and accountability within Government, opportunities for participation and more efficient public services for all.
We commit to building on the achievements of our first term in office in promoting good governance throughout Guyana’s public institutions in keeping with current internationally accepted best practices in the management of public affairs. More specifically, we will prioritize the following:
- Continue the work of the Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission;
- Continue the allocation of funding for country-wide, community consultations;
- Commit to contributing to a Constitution which reflects the will of the wider society, country-wide.
fiscal governance of guyana's extractive sectors
- Implement the Natural Resources Fund Act fully;
- Implement the recommendations of the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Report for 2017 Fiscal Year in order to improve the EITI process;
- Implement measures within the Guyana Revenue Authority to monitor the oil and gas sector;
- Institutionalise the new production-sharing agreement model; and
- Amend the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act.
- eradicating financial fruad and corruption
- Continue the empowerment of the Integrity Commission;
- Conduct a review of the Integrity Commission Act to strengthen and modernize its provisions;
- Continue to strengthen the investigative and prosecutorial capacity of Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU);
- Continue to strengthen the investigative, asset-tracing and recovery capacity of State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA);
- Continue to support the work of the Financial Intelligence Unit;
- Implement the Protected Disclosures Act fully;
- Incorporate security and tracking features in all government electronic processing systems.
- public spending improvement
- Continue to
- transition towards the use of standardized specifications for all government procurement services;
- Continue to resource and support the Public Procurement Commission (PPC);
- Amend the Public Procurement Act to strengthen and modernize its provisions;
- Continue to recruit and train more staff at all procurement agencies to ensure more efficient government procurement;
- Continue to ensure 20% allocation of Government purchases to small businesses to enhance the impact of public spending.
- public sector transparency
- Publish public documents on the websites of the relevant Ministries, agencies and departments, to ensure greater transparency;
- Provide to the public, quarterly progress reports of every ministry, department, agency and authority;
- Review and implement the Access to Information Act.
- public service improvement
- Introduce a Code of Conduct for public servants;
- Increase training and scholarships for Public Servants;
- Implement results-oriented management across the Public Service; and Modernise the compensation system by improving the quality of staff of every government ministry, department, agency and authority, to ensure that the entire public sector is properly resourced;
- Continue the recruitment of more qualified public servants across all required agencies etc., to ensure efficient delivery of public services;
- Continue to increase staffing of critical and expanding ministries and departments to ensure a better quality of public services;
- Digitize, map, track and re-engineer all governmental approval processes to reduce bureaucracy and processing times to improve access to public services;
- Train all public servants, at every level, in customer service, to ensure a better and more pleasant experience for all citizens seeking public services;
- Establish a national Project Delivery Unit and assign monitoring and evaluation officers to every government agency to ensure that all government projects and programmes are properly implemented, cost-effective and on schedule;
- Increase and standardize stipends to trainee nurses and teachers, police and all students who are on public scholarships.
- legislative reforms
- Implement modern copyright legislation to protect intellectual property;
- Implement anti-dumping legislation to protect local producers;
- Establish the Law Reform Commission;
- Enact or reform modern legislation, including:
- Local Content Policy;
- Movable Property Security Bill;
- Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill; and,
- Acceptance of electronic and digital evidence in the courts of law.
- local government
- Continue to strengthen local democracy and ensure that local and municipal elections are conducted when due in accordance with the Constitution;
- Modernize the structure and operations of NDCs countrywide to ensure that they are responsive to citizens’ needs; and,
- Enhance training for all local government officials at regional and local levels.
- human rights
- Promote public awareness of constitutionally enshrined rights and freedoms of individuals;
- Conduct public education about the limitations of power of political leaders and government officials; and,
- Provide opportunities for citizens to express their concerns.
The objective of our economic programme is to maintain high levels of growth and to ensure a more resilient and competitive economy. We shall institute measures which will generate increased employment and provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and economic prosperity.
Guyana is now poised to achieve rapid economic development. We have recorded the fastest known rate of movement from substantial discoveries to consequential large-scale petroleum production.
We have launched a Decade of Development which will see the emergence of a modern and prosperous country through the efficient and effective combination of our productive resources - its people; its entrepreneurship; its capital and its natural endowments.
We shall build a nation in which all citizens will enjoy a standard of living for which they have yearned and which we have started to deliver.
Our long-term policy is to ensure development, as enshrined in the Green State Development Strategy (2020–2040).
We shall fulfill the country’s commitments under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (2015–2030), as well as our abiding commitment for everyone to enjoy a good life. We guarantee:
- Investment promotion and job creation
- Designated agriculture development zones in every region;
- Establish a State Land Resettlement Commission to enable former sugar workers, to access land for housing and agriculture;
- Continue the development of rural agriculture that commenced under the Rural Agricultural Infrastructure Development (RAID) programme;
- Continued and increased financial and technical support for small and microenterprise (SME) development;
- Establishment of special economic zones to facilitate industry, commerce and entrepreneurship;
- Continue to build more industrial areas, technology parks and designated agriculture development zones in every region;
- Introduce incentives tied to the use of new technology and international standards in business; to encourage innovation and development; and, to promote the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, targeting 8,000 new jobs over the next five years;
- Activate the Public-Private Partnership Unit to identify, develop and promote
private investment in public projects which will benefit and enhance the lives of
citizens such as:
- Construction of transport infrastructure, including road, rail and ferries;
- Construction and operation of renewable energy and gas generating plants;
- Construction and operation of specialised hospitals to provide modern medical services and excellent primary health-care services;
- Construction of new housing schemes and facilities to provide better housing for our citizens at home and to attract re-migrants;
- Construction of new regional residential care facilities for the elderly, orphans and persons with disabilities, countrywide; and
- Development of an ICT Centre of Excellence in each regional capital for the benefit of young enterprising citizens.
- improved business environment
- Implement the Small Business Procurement Programme to increase economic opportunities for small businesses, fully;
- Implement the ‘Doing Business Action Plan’ to reduce the costs and inefficiencies of doing business;
- Improve anti-smuggling measures to level the playing field for local businesses;
- Complete the Electronic Single Window system for processing imports and exports to improve efficiency and facilitate easier movement of goods;
- Transition to fully electronic processing of all business-related government transactions; and,
- Develop and promote a modern framework for the cooperative sector.
The objective of our social programme is to improve the quality of life for all Guyanese and to ensure that every citizen, regardless of race, religion, gender, age and social background can achieve the good life. Building on the achievements of our first administration, we will, therefore, commit to:
- The Creation of an "education nation"
- improving health care delivery, access, and cost-effectiveness
- enhancing disaster preparedness
- enhancing hinterland development and preserving indigenous cultural identity
- increased opportunities for youths
- safe and afforable housing
- conditional cash transfers
The objective of our security programme is to ensure human safety, to protect public and private property and to safeguard national sovereignty. We will, therefore, commit to:
- protecting property
- safeguarding national sovereignty
International Relations Objective
The objective of our international relations programme is to secure our territorial integrity; international peace and security; to promote climate security and free trade, tourism and foreign investment. We will, therefore:
- Strengthen regional and hemispheric partnerships to increase economic, social and cultural exchanges
- Develop new and expanded trade and transport links with our neighbours.
- Continue an aggressive programme of “economic diplomacy” which will create new and expanded global markets for our farmers, millers, manufacturers, miners, forest producers, tourism operators, etc.
- Continue to engage other nations and international organizations to recognize the integrity of our borders.
- Continue with our engagement of the regional and international organizations and development banks (UN Bodies, CDB, IADB, IsDB, World Bank, CDEMA, etc.) to retain vital partnerships, and continue to leverage their resources to promote development in Guyana.
- Engage international sports organizations, associations, and NGO’s to develop and provide more opportunities for our local athletes.
- Fully establish and resource our Department of Diaspora Affairs to implement the Diaspora Engagement Strategy to engage Guyanese globally who wish to contribute to national development
The objective of our environmental programme is to reduce the impact of climate change, preserve and protect our natural eco-systems, to transition towards a green economy and sustainable economic development. Having made significant progress at both the policy and implementation levels during our first administration; we will, therefore:
- Continue our review of EPA regulations to strengthen efforts to preserve the environment.
- Further develop the Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
- Strengthen domestic capacity to protect our unique environment by expanding the number of environmental technicians countrywide.
- Support the transition to green approaches and technologies in the mining, agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors.
- Introduce local and regional recycling programmes to reduce waste and pollution.
- Ensure greater enforcement of our environmental laws, including the use of ESIA’s and EMP’s where mandated.
- Accelerate reforestation and reclamation of mined-out areas.
- Continued protection and growth of our mangrove forests.
- Develop a national strategy for transitioning to the use of electric vehicles.
We made significant strides in meeting our commitment to delivering the ‘good life’ to our citizens during our first administration. We are prepared to reap the benefits of being an oil-producing nation. We have initiated programmes and policies to deliver a developed and diversified energy sector. These initiatives took into consideration the need to ensure energy security.
Our administration has facilitated the movement from oil discovery to responsible petroleum production in an unprecedented time frame which will provide the resources needed to propel Guyana to unprecedented levels of economic growth and development.
We commit to the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030, at the same time, ensuring that there are adequate, accessible and affordable energy supplies during the transition period.
The objective of our technology programme is to complement our renewable energy program by increasing productivity nationally, and across all sectors, through improved ICT. This would include improved efficiency, security, accountability, scalability and accessibility made possible by the use of appropriate technology. Building on the tremendous strides made during our first term in office in advancing the “Digital Nation” we will, therefore, commit to:
- Completion and Implementation of the National Broadband Project
- To enhance the access to information and the quality of communication for individuals and businesses.
- Completion of our Rural and Hinterland Internet Access Programme.
- Every community, school and public building will have internet access.
- Continue our Full Liberalization of our Telecommunications Sector
- To bring down the cost of ICT services.
- All of our schools, from nursery to University, will be upgraded to become technologically advanced centres of learning.
- Provide each teacher and student with a tablet/electronic device to enhance learning and promote digitization.
- developing local ICT skills.
- promoting electronic transactions nationwide.