GUYANA-GOVERNANCE-President appeals for peace and harmony in 2010

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, CMC – President Bharrat Jagdeo said Friday he was hopeful that 2010 would see renewed harmony and peace among Guyanese and people in the wider world.

“My appeal at this time is for every citizen of this dear land of ours to commit to the common good by leading exemplary lives as honest, hardworking, law-abiding citizens,” Jagdeo said in his New Year’s message.

“We may not yet be a rich country but our station as a nation need not constrain our kindness, our compassion or our solidarity.”

He noted that it is the obligation of citizens to help Guyana attain the peace, security and prosperity for which ancestors and succeeding generations struggled.

“We have an abiding duty to assume the mantle of responsible citizenship and to play our part in realising the vision of a united, free, prosperous and humane Guyana,” Jagdeo said.

He noted that 2009 was riddled with global, regional and domestic challenges including the economic crisis.

But he said Guyana managed to “travel through the storm” and recorded low but positive growth in its economy.

“Despite these formidable obstacles and the below expected performance in some sectors of the economy, namely sugar and bauxite, preliminary indications are that our economy registered a positive growth rate of about two per cent in 2009,” Jagdeo said.

He told the nation that 2010 would see major investments in roads, electricity and the telecommunications sector in the country.