WPO optimistic about more development in 2008
Stabroek News – January 8, 2008
In a press release the WPO said at its recently concluded 15th Triennial Congress it found many positive ventures and plans aimed at supporting the country’s development but Guyanese faced many hardships during the year. The WPO said the rising cost of fuel and the devaluing of the US dollar created additional hardships for Guyanese as it severely impacted the cost of living. This, along with the 100% increase in basic food items like milk and the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) exacerbated the already high cost of food.
At the same time, the group said it supports initiatives by President Bharrat Jagdeo and his Caribbean counterparts, who met in Georgetown to discuss issues related to the increased cost of living. It said too it hopes that the “teething” problems inherent in the VAT system are removed.
The WPO also said it is concerned about the murders that have occurred, particularly those relating to spousal and domestic abuse, adding that it supports the government’s Stamp it Out! proposal. The group also said it is buoyed by the many positive initiatives and it welcomes the president’s announcement of the establishment of a Single Parent Household Fund.